Partnership to spur greater wireless content adoption: KPMG

Wireless carriers are going to have to do a better job of forging partnerships with content providers if they hope to spur greater adoption of premium content services. That was one of the main conclusions of a recent KPMG survey, Consumers and Convergence II: The Search for Value, Choice and Convenience in the Digital Age.

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MTS TV reaches 75,000 customer mark in Winnipeg

MTS Allstream Inc.'s digital television service MTS TV has officially acquired its 75,000 customer in Winnipeg. Over the past two years MTS TV has increased its customer base by more than 30,000, including 5,000 additions since last April. "We are very excited that MTS TV continues to make outstanding progress in the marketplace," said Kelvin Shepherd, president of MTS' consumer markets division, in a press release. "Our customers value the variety of channel packages, the high quality 100% digital picture and sound, and the unique features that allow them to make the most of their bundled MTS services." In addition to the standard features offered with digital TV, MTS also delivers services such as TV call display, photos on demand and email on demand to its customers.

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Bell releases groundbreaking HD PVR

Bell Canada has announced the launch of its most advanced high-definition television satellite receiver, 9242 HD PVR Plus. The new receiver and personal video recorder is capable of recording up to 200 hours of standard-definition programming and up to 30 hours of HD content, the most of any HD provider in Canada. The 9242 also features the unique ability to view and record independent programming on two televisions in two different rooms of a home, all from one receiver. And it enables viewers to pause a live show on one television and resume watching on a separate TV. Bell is selling the set-top box for $599 and renting it for $20 per month.

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Let’s talk about HDTV, in February or soon after: McEwen

Concerned that the 2011 analog shutdown date is fast approaching even though multiple barriers to consumer entry into the high-definition television market still exist, broadcasting consultant Michael McEwen hopes recommendations to encourage HD uptake are put on the table at February's BDU and specialty review. And he's not the only one.

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NuMedia Games appoints Nu CFO

Vancouver-based NuMedia Games Inc. has named David Crombie CFO. Crombie is the principal owner of Calgary-based Guardian Group of Companies, which includes Crombie & Associates and DC Capital Inc. He began his career with the Molson Companies and was eventually recruited by Canadian Pacific Hotels before serving as VP of development and operations for York Hanover, where he oversaw and financed numerous development projects in Canada, Bermuda and the US through DC Capital. Crombie is also a certified management accountant and has serviced as financial advisor to NuMedia as a member of the company's advisory board over the past several months. NuMedia Games is a marketing organization that licenses patented, new media game content featuring protected brand logos, images and symbols for play via a range of interactive media.

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CTF-funded shows win 41 Gemini’s

The Canadian Television Fund has congratulated the winners of the 22nd annual Gemini Awards, including 41 wins for the creators, casts and crews of CTF-funded shows. Overall, shows that received CTF funding were nominated 182 times. "We're proud to sponsor the Gemini Awards and join the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in recognizing the extraordinary talent that makes up our television industry," said CTF president Valerie Creighton in a news release. "CTF-funded shows, such as Slings and Arrows, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and the Canada Award-winning Little Mosque on the Prairie, as well as outstanding documentaries like the Donald Brittain Award-winning Fatherland, are just some examples of critically acclaimed programming embraced by Canadian audiences. We congratulate them on their success."

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Rogers expands local calling area in Hamilton

Rogers Communications Inc. is making its home phone service more valuable to residents in Hamilton by expanding the area in which people no longer have to make long distance calls. Rogers' local calling area now consists of the following exchanges Hamilton proper, Ancaster, Dundas, Galt, Stoney Creek, Binbrook, Freelton, Lynden, Mount Hope, Waterdown, and Winona.

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