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With Shaw launching Freerange TV and Bell pushing their Fibe TV app, when can we expect telus to offer more than just a couple of channels on pik? Also, why isn't there an app only option for true cord cutters who don't own a tv?
The way people are watching content is changing, soon smartphones and tablets will be responsible for the majority of TV content consumption...
Bell's new 'Alt TV' is the only offering I am aware of independent of a set top device. Shaw's Free Range TV requires a regular subscription, similar to Telus' Optik on the Go product. I was disappointed Telus did not offer an Apple TV App as well as the iPhone and iPad ones, I expect there will be freedom from a set top device in the future.
As for programming, some of the issues might be licensing requirements, reducing the ready availability of channels. As a user in an area with ZERO over the air broadcasters, PIK would more than meet my needs, but I would like the ability to better select specific channels.
Given the usability of PikTV, I'd like to see new Optik hardware, using a similar Android-based interface. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's how slow the Optik tv interface is in responding to commands, especially when compared against Shaw's Bluesky. It doesn't seem like Erricson has done much since acquiring mediaroom.
There are the usual lags when loading apps, etc., but the guide is pretty quick. Of course it is also limited in the number of items it contains!
Yeah, but Ontario has all those wealthy customers to support Bell's rollout of these new options (BFG). ;-)