Telus IPTV gains, satellite coverage expands

Western Canada's Telus posted a gain of about 17,000 subscribers to its Telus TV service during the second quarter, the company reported late last week as part of its Q2 earnings results. The gain represented 125 percent growth since the same quarter last year, according to TeleGeography, and gave the telco about 115,000 IPTV customers overall.

Telus also said that its Bell TV satellite TV service, which was launched in June following the initiation of a resale partnership with Bell Canada, now reaches more than 90 percent of the households in the company's service region.

Amid the growth, there is an intensifying dispute in Canada's general TV services market, as Bell Canada recently sued regional regulator CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) for encouraging an environment in which broadcasters can charge satellite TV firms like Bell Canada fees for carrying their programming. The CRTC is collecting arguments regarding the legislation until Aug. 17, with hearings over the "so-called fee-for-carriage legislation" likely to happen next month, the CanWest News Service reports at Telus has said it supports Bell Canada in this dispute, though it is not a party to the lawsuit.

For more:
- Here's the Telus press release
- TeleGeography has this post
- The Calgary Herald has more on the Telus-Bell partnership
- The CanWest News Service has this story

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