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That would be nice, and it's technically possible, but don't hold your breath. Telus doesn't make the hardware or the software for these units, they just buy it from Cisco and Microsoft. There's also no reason for Telus to offer streaming apps that compete with their own TV services.
That makes no sense, since Bell and Telus recently announced that they will shortly be launching a new streaming video service called Latte to compete with Netflix and Rogers/Shaw Shomi. Why on earth would they go to the trouble now to put Netflix on their boxes? You never know for sure, but I would bet that the tech you talked to had it wrong.
Telus appears to have signed 'open connect' with Netflix. Netflix puts a cache server in the ISP network to save on peering costs.
The extra add-ons and Apps are all about trying to avoid the cord-cutters and making your product the one and only outlet for TV/Movie viewing. A smart cable TV box can also be used to routinely monitor what viewers are watching, for sale to the highest bidders. If you watch Netflix on a computer stream, while encrypted, no easy scraping of what the viewer watches. On your smart cable box, really easy to scrape.
Open Connect: companies in other countries have proven more open to the idea, and several – including British Telecom and Virgin Media in the UK, Telmex in Latin America, and Bell Canada and Telus in Canada – have already inked deals with Netflix.
Netflix has got some smaller Cable TV operators to sign up to make Netflix like a regular TV channel, along with Tivo capability, for those that can't comprehend how to hook their computer to their modern TV. Some of those are people who complain that their Telus Internet is not working, while oblivious of it being only a wifi connectivity problem. The all in one ISP gateway adds to the technology inept user.
Netflix is now on Channel 450, 750, and 879. The video service will be available as just another channel on the cable box for three smaller cable operators, part of a long-term effort to reduce the “friction” a viewer encounters when he or she surfs from a cable TV channel to Internet video.
The deal announced today will make Netflix available on TiVo set-top boxes leased to customers by Atlantic Broadband, RCN Telecom Services, and Grande Communications. The idea is that Netflix will appear seamlessly when browsing channels, the same as moving from ESPN, to CBS, to the Weather Channel without requiring users to switch inputs or remote controls—though it’s still available only to viewers who subscribe. “It puts Internet television at par with regular television, and ultimately that’s where we think it will go,” says Joris Evers, a Netflix spokesman. “It reduces friction when they want to watch Netflix.”
Cogeco now has Netflix on certain channels. For users that are, shall we say, not educated in their options for entertainment. Any usage of Internet streaming sites, including Netflix, will still count towards your usage cap
The service comes at a cost: Customers must be subscribers to both Cogeco television and Internet packages and must rent a TiVo DVR for $20 per month plus TiVo equipment for each additional television set at $7 per month.