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Bell mulls free HDTV

Bell Canada, which operates the Bell ExpressVu satellite service, toldthe Canadian Radio-television and Tele­com­mun­ications Commission itis exploring a proposal to give Canadians “free” access to a limitednumber of high-definition channels.


Bell Canada, which operates the Bell ExpressVu satellite service, told the Canadian Radio-television and Tele­com­mun­ications Commission it is exploring a proposal to give Canadians “free” access to a limited number of high-definition channels.
Dubbed “FreeSat,” Bell said yesterday the offer would be ideal for consumers who are eager to access local HD stations but wary of paying subscription fees to television service providers. The cost of a receiver was not specified.
The regulator has set 2011 as the deadline for television channels to be broadcast in high-definition digital, and networks around the country are scrambling to meet that deadline.

 
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