Bell Fibe TV

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Bell Fibe TV
TypeSubsidiary of Bell Canada
IndustryTelecommunications
Predecessor(s)Bell Entertainment Service
FoundedSeptember 13, 2010
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Area servedCanada, U.S.A
ProductsIPTV
ParentBell Canada
WebsiteBell Fibe TV
 
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Bell Fibe TV
TypeSubsidiary of Bell Canada
IndustryTelecommunications
Predecessor(s)Bell Entertainment Service
FoundedSeptember 13, 2010
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Area servedCanada, U.S.A
ProductsIPTV
ParentBell Canada
WebsiteBell Fibe TV

Bell Fibe TV is an IP-based television service offered by Bell Canada in Ontario and Quebec. It is bundled with a FTTN or FTTH Bell Internet service, and uses the Microsoft Mediaroom platform.

Bell Fibe TV officially launched on September 13, 2010 and is currently available only in select areas of Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal & Quebec City, among others. Service will gradually be expanded to cover all parts of Toronto and Montreal and it is expected that Fibe TV will be available to nearly 5 million households by 2015.[1]

History[edit]

Bell began researching for a new television solution in 2004 in order to penetrate into urban markets where building owners restricted the installation of satellite dishes. The launch of Bell ExpressVu for Condos (VDSL service) proved to be ineffective since that service did not allow for customers to benefit from HD programming and PVR options. In 2006, after much research was done, Bell started testing a new technology called IPTV in Toronto, Quebec City and Montreal with Bell employees using the ADSL platform. In October 2007, Bell finally launched a pilot project of IPTV branded as Bell Entertainment Service in select areas and buildings of Toronto. Most of the features that are now available with Fibe TV were offered with Bell Entertainment Service. Some key traits of Bell Entertainment Service were internet and TV charges being billed as one service, "White Glove" customer service, and media sharing. After finalizing testing for the new IPTV service in the following years, Bell finally rolled out a contained launch in Toronto and Montreal under the "Fibe TV" brand name in June 2010 followed by an official launch later that year in September.

Hardware[edit]

Bell Fibe TV receivers are manufactured by Motorola. Two models are currently being offered to subscribers: the Whole Home PVR (VIP1232) and a standalone HD Receiver (VIP1200). Although the standalone receiver on its own can only view programming, it can access a networked PVR's recording features. The PVR includes an internal 320 GB hard disk drive for recording programs. Both models can be connected on the network using a coaxial cable or Category 5 cable. Each can either be purchased outright or rented. Bell sometimes waives the rental fee for the first receiver.[2][3]

Features found on both receiver include:

Features[edit]

Features of Bell Fibe TV include the following:[5]

Channels[edit]

Bell Fibe TV provides over 500 channels including all major Canadian and US networks, popular specialty services, PPV, sports packages, over 85 international services and over 115 high-definition channels.[7] Key services include:

Internet service[edit]

Bell Fibe TV requires a Bell Internet subscription. The speed listed for the Internet connection remains unused for the television service. For example, the Fibe 175/175 plan actually has 200 Mbit/s symmetric bandwidth. Of this, 175 is dedicated for Internet usage, while up to 25 is set aside for TV.

With the 25 Mbit/s dedicated bandwidth, it is possible to watch or record up to four channels simultaneously but only up to three in HD. So to view four channels one of them must be in SD.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bell Canada | Bell Fibe TV launches in Toronto and Montréal". Newswire.ca. 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Bell Fibe TV service and programming | Bell Canada". Fibetv.bell.ca. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Motorola : Data Sheet : VIP1232". Motorola.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Bell Fibe TV service and programming | Bell Canada". Fibetv.bell.ca. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  6. ^ "Bell Fibe TV service and programming | Bell Canada". Fibetv.bell.ca. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Bell : Fibe TV channel list". Bell.fibetv.s3.azazonaws.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 

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