Telus TV is a product of Telus that provides IPTV and Satellite television service in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. Telus launched IPTV service in November 2005 to customers in select Alberta communities and Satellite TV service in 2009 to customers across British Columbia and Alberta. As of February 2011, Telus' IPTV service (Optik TV) is available in various communities throughout British Columbia and Alberta.
Optik TV provides customers access to over 630 digital channels including more than 100 in HD, while Telus Satellite TV offers over 500 digital channels including over 100 in HD. As of February 2017, over 1 million customers are subscribed to the Telus TV service. Major competitors for Telus TV include satellite services Shaw Direct and Bell TV as well as various cable and communications companies across British Columbia and Alberta, such as Shaw, Novus and Eastlink.
Optik TV is Telus' IPTV based television service. Video, Interactive Programming Guide and Applications are delivered via IPTV from the head-end to the consumer's High-Definition PVR or High Definition set-top box. Broadcast channels are distributed via IP multicast, allowing a single stream (channel) to be sent to any number of recipients. The system is also designed for individual unicasts for video on demand, central time shifting, start-over services and other programs desired by only one home at that particular time. The set-top box does not have a conventional tuner but is an IP multicast client which requests the stream desired. In the IP multicast model, only the streams the customer uses are sent. The customer's connection need not have the capacity to carry all available channels simultaneously.
Telus Satellite TV
In June 2009, Telus began to resell BCE's satellite Bell TV service in parts of Alberta and British Columbia as Telus Satellite TV. The agreement was designed to allow Telus the ability to offer a quadruple play of services in markets where it had not yet deployed Optik TV, while also allowing Bell to increase its television market share in Western Canada. The Telus-branded service co-exists with the Bell-branded version of Bell TV, which is still offered in the markets that Telus Satellite TV is offered.
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