Archive for the ‘IPTV’ Category

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Canada’s best IPTV network… Sasktel!

March 5, 2007

Sasktel is claiming that they have the best Geographical Network in the world. This according to today’s Leader Post. They have put in place an incredibly fast network of Fibre-Optic cables throughout the province, thus enabling them to offer broadband services such as the much awaited IPTV.

They call their IPTV service Max Entertainement services. With 27 HD chanels this rivals all other offerings in Canada. They will be exporting this service to other provinces as soon as they work out some of the kinks. I personally am looking forward to IPTV, hoping that on demand local programing and personalized menus will make my viewing that much more enjoyable.

If anyone reading this as aleready tried out this service please let me know you thoughts.

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The future of television

February 24, 2007

We are seeing more and more media companies coming online and using the tools of the Internet to find new ways of communicating with audiences. Some of these have been online for a whiles, and others have finally given in to the reality. The cbc this week used google maps to show the audience where they found unsafe levels o mercury in Canned tuna and to what extent from brand to brand.

Although this is no big deal from an online point of view, this does go to show how the mainstream media is embracing new online tools. But the real future still remains the ever elussive integration between the online world and the television world. IPTV looks very promising in this regard, but needs lots of major improvements on the network end before this is feasable.

You also have companies like Joost looking to broadcast content online within its own proprietary environment. Viacom earlier this week announced deal where Joost would be broadcasting their properties. So we are seeing some movement towards the online world from our traditional tv broadcasters.

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What we also need to consider from a Canadian perspective, is that most of our networks are basicaly re-broadcasting American content. Once we go online, will they keep us from accessing CBS, ABC or NBC directly from our Canadian IP addresses or will the Canadian industry actually have to start making some of its own content. For an example of this, log on the SURVIVOR in the usa and try to watch an archived show, or go to MTV and try their broadband section and see what happens… obviously this post only aplies to people living in Canada.

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HDTV, IPTV, DTV, all we want is TV.

January 20, 2007

This blog will do its best to keep up with TV trends in Canada. These are always on the move, either through its content providers buying each other up, or through the ever changing techno landscape surrounding TV land. On that note I would invite anyone looking for a glimpse into which Canadian company is doing what on the IPTV front to read today’s Financial Post front page, it’s all about the IPTV trend taking rout in the prairies. Yes the Prairies, cause in Canada Sasktel and MTS are the leaders in IPTV deployment, with TELUS coming up behind them. This will be a hot topic for months to come as Internet providers in Canada, especially the cable companies, decide whether or not to practice Net neutrality when it comes to these bandwidth intensive services.

LEt me know you thoughts on this or any other TV related issue.

Looks like 2007 will be quite a year for the consumer.