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News | 09/27/2005 4:00 am EDT

Rogers, TELUS release info on their MobileTV services
The channel lineup for the Mobile TV service launched by Rogers Communications consists of 12 channels: the news services BBC World, MSNBC, CNBC, CBC Newsworld, Fox News, and RDI, along with live Toronto Blue Jays coverage (Sportsnet Blue Jays), the weather channels The Weather Network/MétéoMédia, the diginet G4 Tech TV, The Shopping Channel, and a new channel Indie Music Videos 24/7, the company announced September 16. "Rogers has both the largest cable company and the largest wireless carrier in Canada. This gives us a unique ability to combine the innovation of our wireless group with our cable company’s expertise in providing customers with the programming that matters to them," Philip Lind, vice chair of Rogers Communications said in a media release. Rogers is also a broadcaster and has interests in some of the channels that Rogers Mobile Television is bringing to cell phone users: Sportsnet Blue Jays, G4 Tech TV and The Shopping Channel. Rogers Mobile Television is powered by MobiTV and costs $25 a month plus airtime (CCR, April 22/05). On August 26, Telus Mobility announced that its similar service, also supported by MobiTV, would bring seven TV channels to cell phones. The channels are CBC Newsworld, Fox News, G4 Tech TV, RDI, MétéoMédia, The Weather Network and The Shopping Channel. Telus’ service, entitled Telus Mobile TV, operates on the company’s national 1X data network and covers 90% of the Canadian population. It costs $15 a month for unlimited viewing. For more details about Telus Mobile TV, see the September 2 issue of Canadian Communications Reports’ affiliate publication Canadian NEW MEDIA, or the September 8 issue of CCR affiliate publication Report on Wireless.

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