Bell Canada to Offer Fibe TV as a Standalone Service Starting in Early 2017

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Today, Bell Canada announced that it will be offering Fibe TV as a standalone service starting early next year.

Currently, Bell customers are required to signup for the company’s Fibe Internet plan in order to be eligible to sign up for Fibe TV. The company will offer separate signups for Fibe TV by the end of Q1 2017. The change comes alongside the continuing expansion of its TV services across Eastern Canada.

In a statement, Bell Group President and Chief Brand Officer Wade Oosterman said:

“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. 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.”

Bell also said that Aliant’s FibreOP TV in Atlantic Canada is being integrated with the Fibe TV to bring more 4K, HD and on-demand content to customers. The company will invest another $1 billion this year to bring Fibe to homes and businesses in Eastern Canada.

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  • kingsclear

    Best picture but the price is out to lunch. Currently 50+ HD channels missing. Won’t carry Bloomberg Canada…superior to BNN…as they see it as a conflict. Very disappointing for a supposedly world class service.

  • Jason

    Just curious how many people here watch tv much anymore and what people are paying? I find im watching less and less, paying more for cable. Only a matter of time before I drop it. Netflix seems to get the majority of my attention.

  • Just cancelled cable last month! Wasn’t watching a lot before that and with a toddler, realized the majority of my media consumption was all streaming or downloads.

  • Tim

    I’m betting that Fibe TV as a standalone will cost more than Fibe TV bundled with Bell Internet. Because it’s Bell.

  • ticky13

    I don’t see myself ever cancelling cable because I need to watch live sports in HD and enjoy watching morning & nightly news, two things which are near impossible to get online, especially in Canada.

  • ticky13

    What are these 50+ HD channels that are missing? And missing compared to what?

  • kingsclear

    I live in New Brunswick and have what was called FibreOP and now called Fibe. If you do an easy comparison to Rogers or Shaw Direct or Eastlink channel lineups especially in HD to Fibe Atlantic you will see what I mean. Such channels as FOX News and CNBC are only in SD here on Fibe Atlantic. There are plenty of others. Bell is promising to fix this but haven’t to date. Then there is the issue of Bloomberg Canada. When our service was switched from the US Bloomberg feed the channel became unavailable as it is a Category 2 channel (not mandatory) and since it competes with Bell’s own BNN Bell doesn’t carry it on ANY of their systems. Why it isn’t Category 1 as is BNN is a wacky CRTC decision. However, it is anticompetitive that Bell, in service to their customers and the fact that Bell Fibe is supposed to be arm’s length from their cable channels, doesn’t carry it is abysmal. There are also another 50+ channels which Bell Fibe Atlantic doesn’t carry at all when you do the comparison.

  • ticky13

    Ahh, I see. No issue with that here in Toronto. FibreOP is a completely different company though compared to Bell Fibe so not a huge shock.

  • kingsclear

    Oh, but you have missing channels as well. Do the comparison. Go to the Rogers and Shaw Direct websites and download their channel lineups and compare to Fibe’s offerings. One channel will stand out entirely…Bloomberg Canada. No Bell system carries that channel but virtually every other system does. By CRTC licencing and regulation, Bell systems are to be “at arm’s length” from other Bell subsidiary companies including BNN. Blocking carriage of Bloomberg Canada violates the spirit of its licencing.

  • ticky13

    So you have one example you seem passionate about and a channel I have zero interest in watching. What about Rogers holding exclusive rights to the MLB Network and not allowing any other carrier to offer it? Maybe it solely isn’t Bell’s fault they are missing so many channels?

  • Jason

    That’s what’s been holding me back (Live sports and news). I was hoping there was a way to get that stuff online cheaper then cable/satellite pricing.

  • kingsclear

    That’s a totally different issue. It is not blocking carriage to protect a subsidiary company.

  • Riley Freeman

    i went and got the 4k box and shocked to find out because they are installing 2 boxes, they charge an installation fee for each box. The joke is the second box is a wireless one so what is there to really install?
    disgusted with them