Bell Fibe TV

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This article is about the service offered in major cities in Ontario and Quebec. For the similar service offered by Bell Aliant in Atlantic Canada and certain areas of Ontario and Quebec, see FibreOP.
Bell Fibe TV
Type Subsidiary of Bell Canada
Industry Telecommunications
Predecessor(s) Bell Entertainment Service
Founded September 13, 2010
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Area served Canada, U.S.A
Products IPTV
Parent Bell Canada
Website Bell 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 Ericsson Mediaroom platform.

Bell Fibe TV officially launched on September 13, 2010 and is currently available only in select areas of Ottawa, Gatineau, 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 receivers include:

Features[edit]

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

  • Whole Home PVR: a brand name also used by many of Bell's competitors. It describes a system where all receivers in a household are connected together via a local network. This allows viewers to record, pause and playback content from any room in the house. Fibe TV PVR's can store up to 150 hours of HD (300 hours of standard) content.
  • Fibe TV On Demand: a VOD service with over 1000 titles, including movies & TV series
  • Ability to search for programs by title, cast members, or a simple keyword search. The electronic program guide has 14 days worth of listings and allows viewers to customize the display to show their favourite channels.
  • Picture in picture browsing and channel surfing: viewers can watch one channel and browse other channels or channel listings.
  • Changing channels happens with virtually no delay compared to satellite service.
  • For every standard definition channel subscribed to, customers receive the HD version (when available) at no extra charge in Ontario. Since the programming options are different in Québec, HD Theme packs need to be purchased additionally to have access to some high definition channels.[6]
  • TV based apps such as Facebook, Twitter and The Weather Network

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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