Bell Canada plans expansion of Fibe TV over-the-top by Q2 2017

By Jim O'Neill on Sep 07 2016 at 7:00 AM
Bell Canada plans expansion of Fibe TV over-the-top by Q2 2017

Canadian telco Bell Canada is making its IPTV product, Bell Fibe, a standalone TV service by the end of Q1 2017.

Fibe TV customers no longer will be required to sign up for Fibe Internet service to access the service, a move executives think will serve to further Fibe TV’s expansion across Canada. The service has seen strong growth since its original introduction in late 2010 and vaulted Bell into Canada’s top TV provider by the end of 2015.

Nielsen Consumer Insights asked 1,017 adult Canadians in June their opinion of TV providers and almost half (47%) said Bell Fibe TV is the most advanced television service in Canada.

“As we align our next-generation IPTV technologies, we’re bringing exclusive Fibe features to Atlantic Canada and new options for Fibe TV customers in Ontario and Québec,” said Wade Oosterman, Bell Group President and Chief Brand Officer. “Fibe has become the country’s most popular television service because of the constant stream of new content and feature innovations we’re bringing to Canadian TV viewers. With these latest enhancements, we’re making it even easier for consumers to experience all that Fibe can do.”

Fibe TV will deliver more 4K, HD and on-demand content and exclusive Fibe TV features such as Trending, which gives a snapshot of the 5 most popular shows being watched at any given time.

Among its other features, Fibe TV enables users to restart and watch TV shows up to 30 hours after they started; providers a list of the most-watched shows in Canada at any given time. The Fibe TV app brings the Fibe experience to smartphones and tablets with access to more than 450 live and on-demand channels and full control of your TV through mobile devices including the Apple Watch.

Bell has said it will invest a further $1 billion in 2016 to bring Fibe capability to a total of approximately 3 million homes and businesses in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Québec, up from approximately 2.2 million at the end of 2015.

Stay tuned.

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