Bell upgrades Fibe to wireless IPTV service

by Andrew Roach on May 28, 2013

With major wireless providers struggling in the cable market in the last year or two, it has meant that they have had to look to other options to try and maintain their strength in the industry.

In an attempt to capitalise on the boom of wireless cable products, Bell has launched their own internet protocol TV service which can let them watch cable anywhere in the house.

The service will work as part of Fibe TV which gives their customers the possibility to watch cable on 5 TV’s without having to have them physically connected to the receiver.

Bell launched Fibe TV in Quebec and Ontario back in 2010 in a bid to try and capitalise on the growing on-demand streaming platforms that have allowed the likes of Netflix to start eating into the audience share of major wireless providers.

Even though it has been around for nearly 3 years, the new service will mark the first time Fibe has been available through a wireless connections.

By allowing customers to connect the new platform to up to 5 devices, it marks the first time that one of the major Canadian telecom companies has launched a wireless IPTV service.

In the future, Bell has admitted that they are considering launching an all-in-one product which would include the IPTV cable service in a bundle that also contained an internet package.

Fibe TV has grown its customer base significantly over the last few months with over 300,000 customers now signed up to the service.

At the moment, Fibe is only available in major eastern cities such as Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City although Bell has said that they plan to cover both provinces fully by the end of 2015.

IPTV is becoming one of the hottest new products in the cable industry with many providers such as Videotron and Rogers already looking into creating their own networks.

Alongside that, Telus’ Optik TV has brought IPTV to many subscribers in Western Canada allowing customers in British Columbia and Alberta to also enjoy the new system.

Bell’s decision to launch Fibe as a wireless IPTV service solidifies that the future of cable lies very much in the Internet and it won’t be long before every cable provider embraces IPTV in a bid to stay at the top of the telecom market.

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Written by: Andrew Roach www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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