Canada set to become television battleground

IPTV is the weapon of choice for Canadian phone giant BCE as it prepares to enter the battle to become the "largest provider of TV in Canada," as its chief George Cope said. BCE already has 1.9 million direct-to-home satellite customers thanks to its Bell TV service, but it wants more and is using AT&T's U-Verse as its model of how to get there.

"We're basically targeting to capture share of the TV market from the cable operators," Cope said. "Our goal is that by 2015 we'll be the largest provider of TV in Canada."

Stay tuned: Rogers and Shaw may have something to say about that.

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