Shaw and Vidéotron the latest Canadians to offer online TV

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

I know you just spent several thousand dollars on that big screen plasma - but you don't really need it anymore.

In the latest tidal wave of television pouring into the internet, Vidéotron Ltée and Western Canada's cable king Shaw Communications both announced this week that they will be offering television online. Vidéotron says it will offer more than 30 TV channels and myriad music channels through its new online service, Illico Web. The services are limited to their paying cable and satellite consumers.

The trend is not strictly Canadian - distributors like Comcast Corp. have long pushing the concept of “TV Everywhere," AKA providing content on multiple platforms such as the web and mobile phones (restricted to paying subscribers). But Canadian companies have been jumping on the bandwagon bigtime. Canada's Bell and Rogers Communications both launched online television services in the fall of last year.

Bigger and bigger computer screens (take a look at Apple's 27" iMac, which is bigger than the average television was in the late 90s) are cited as just one of many factors fuelling the drive - in addition to consumer convenience, customization, and choice. 

Do you watch any television online? Why or why not?

Company:
Bell Canada
Website:
http://www.bell.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing the most comprehensive and innovative suite of communication services to residential and business customers in Canada. Operating under the Bell brand, the Company's services include Bell Home Phone local and long distance services, Bell Mobility and Solo Mobile wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite and VDSL television,... more

Company:
Rogers Communications
Website:
http://www.rogers.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national Global System for Mobile Communications ("GSM") based network. Through Cable we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access... more

Company:
Shaw Communications
Website:
http://www.shaw.ca
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Shaw has experienced rapid and successful growth within the cable, satellite and telecommunications industries over the last several decades. With this growth, Shaw has created and acquired a number of companies focused on delivering high-quality products and services to approximately 3.0 million customers in Canada. more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more




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