Bell Fibe TV

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Bell Fibe TV
Type Subsidiary of Bell Canada
Industry Telecommunications
PredecessorBell Entertainment Service
FoundedSeptember 13, 2010
Headquarters
Montreal, Quebec
,
Canada
Area served
Ontario
Quebec
Products IPTV
Parent BCE
Website bell.ca/fibetv

Bell Fibe TV is an IP-based television service offered by Bell Canada in the provinces of 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. It is also available in Manitoba and Atlantic Canada, where Fibe TV is re-packaged, being offered by Bell MTS and Bell Aliant with similar services and integrated with Bell Fibe TV. [1]

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History

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 "Bell Fibe TV" brand name in June 2010 followed by an official launch later that year in September.

On July 19, 2016 Bell Canada stated that its FibreOP TV service available in Atlantic Canada would be integrating with Bell Fibe TV in Ontario and Québec. [1]

On September 6, 2016, Bell announced a change to their Fibe TV service. Beginning in 2017, Bell Fibe TV customers would no longer be required to also sign up for Fibe Internet service in order to access their Fibe TV service. [2]

Availability

Bell Fibe TV is currently available in select areas of Ontario and Quebec. It is also available in Atlantic Canada, where Fibe TV is re-packaged, being offered by Bell Aliant with similar services and integrated with Bell Fibe TV.

FibreOP has been rebranded as Fibe. [1] There is constant ongoing expansion in provinces. Those noted being offered by Bell in Ontario and Quebec include:

OntarioQuebec
Almonte1Alma
AmherstburgChicoutimi
Carleton Place1Gatineau
GuelphJonquière
KingstonLa Baie
KitchenerMontreal
LondonQuebec City
MississaugaRivière-du-Loup
NiagaraRoberval
OttawaSaint-Félicien
Sault Ste. MarieSherbrooke
Greater SudburyThetford Mines
TorontoTrois-Rivières
WaterlooVictoriaville
WindsorLaval

1Fibe TV in Almonte and Carleton Place is only available in areas that are served by FTTH.

Hardware

Bell Fibe TV receivers are manufactured by Arris formerly Motorola. The four models that are currently being offered to subscribers are the HD PVR (VIP2262), 4K PVR (VIP5662), wired HD Receiver (VIP2202), and wireless HD Receiver (VIP2502). The HD Receivers can only view programming and do not contain a hard drive; however, they are able to record and access recorded programs through the networked whole home PVR. Previous models included the VIP1232, VIP1216 and VIP1200.

The PVR[ which? ] includes an internal 1TB hard disk drive for recording programs. The PVR and wired HD receivers can be connected to the network through either a coaxial cable or Category 5 cable and the wireless HD receiver connects using 5 GHz 802.11n. [3]

Features

Features of Bell Fibe TV include the following:

Channels

Bell Fibe TV provides up to 500 channels (fewer in Atlantic Canada, about half the number available in Ontario) including all major Canadian and US networks, popular specialty services, PPV, sports packages, over 85 international services and over 115 high-definition channels. [4] Key services include:

Internet service

Bell Fibe TV used to require a Bell Internet subscription. It is now possible to subscribe to Fibe TV without also subscribing to internet (Bell references it as "Dark TV"), but it is not possible to do so via Bell's website at the moment. The speed listed for the Internet connection remains unused for the television service.

Simultaneous streaming

with 4K

With the 4K PVR, it is possible to watch or record up to 10[ citation needed ] different channels simultaneously, 4[ citation needed ] of which can be at 4K resolution.

Up to 6[ citation needed ] shows can be recorded simultaneously.

with HD

With the HD PVR, it is possible to watch or record up to 4[ citation needed ] different channels simultaneously but only up to three in HD. So to view four different channels, one of them must be in standard definition. The HD PVR can record up to two[ citation needed ] shows simultaneously. Note that the same channel playing on two or more receivers only counts as one channel, as receivers that gets tuned to a channel already playing on another receiver will reuse the same video stream.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "FibreOP is transforming into Fibe"
  2. "Fibe TV Customers Will No Longer Need Fibe Internet to Access TV Services in 2017"
  3. "Bell Fibe TV User Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-10-02.
  4. "Fibe TV Interactive Channel List". Bell. Retrieved 2014-11-16.