Bell ExpressVu LP will add more than 40 channels to its lineup on Sept. 7, bringing the total number of channels it offers to 275. The new channels include the must-carry Category 1 digital channels licensed last year by the CRTC, and Category 2 channels covering such topics as hockey, basketball, travel, lifestyle and leisure, movies and new kids' programs. Bell ExpressVu has confirmed 22 Category 2 channels, including Fox Sports World, ESPN Classic Sports, Fox Extreme Sports, NHL Hockey Channel, Raptors NBA TV, TV Land Canada, BBC Canada, Animal Planet, Deja View, bpm: TV, National Geographic Canada, and SexTV. The satellite distributor has developed 15 'themed' packages to include the new channels, with such titles as More Sports, More Variety, Learning, Lifestyle, Kids and Destinations. Prices for the packages range from $4.95 to $7.95. Bell ExpressVu is also offering customers the opportunity to build customized packages by choosing the channels that most interest them. The channels will be offered free over a seven-week trial period.
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