Bell’s Alt TV has one Foot in broadcasting, the other in the Internet

Bell pulled the curtain back on its new Alt TV service last week. As advertised, it’s a cheaper version of its “Fibe TV” broadcast product. It’s aimed at the cord-cutting, cord-shaving and cord-nevering customers that cable TV is increasingly losing or not winning. But despite Bell CEO George Cope’s previous signalling, Alt TV is not an unregulated Internet streaming service like Netflix or Bell’s own Crave TV. Foretold as Bell’s aggressive (and perhaps self-cannibalizing) move from the CRTC-regulated world of cable TV, to the unregulated world of “over the top” Internet streaming, Alt TV turns out to be a regulated television service after all. Alt TV will find its way into households on B

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