Bell has announced its CraveTV streaming media service has added four more cable TV distributors: Access Communications, Cable Cable, Nexicom, and Northwestel. These companies join Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, and Bell Aliant FibreOP TV as the only other available outlets to access CraveTV.
“We are pleased to bring these four great companies on board, which furthers our strategy of making CraveTV available to as many people as possible on as many platforms as possible,” said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. “We continue to talk to all TV providers, and look forward to announcing additional partners in the coming months.”
CraveTV is only available to customers with existing TV subscriptions, at the price of $4/month. Some consumer groups have opposed “the tied selling of two online streaming services linked to the consumption of other telecommunications or broadcasting services,” and have filed a complaint to the CRTC.
When asked on Twitter why Rogers customers don’t have access to CraveTV, Crull responded with the following “…ask Rogers. It’s been available to them since the day the product launched, with a generous margin…”
Rogers has their own streaming competitor shomi, which is only available to their customers and Shaw users with a TV or Internet subscription.
Yesterday, Bell’s subsidiary CTV announced it was the first broadcaster in Canada to support Google’s Chromecast.