Bell Canada Launches Crappy Download Video Store Just As It Gets Scrutiny Over Traffic Shaping

from the odd-timing dept

Bell Canada is having something of an odd week. It's finally coming under regulatory scrutiny for its traffic shaping efforts -- and also ran into unexpected problems in its attempt to go private. So why would it choose this time to launch a dreadful new video download store that is pretty much guaranteed not to get any use in the first place? The system seems to have all the worst features of the various movie download sites that have failed so miserably in years past: extremely limited selection, annoying and buggy Microsoft DRM and high prices. Fantastic deal, right? But, even more bizarre is the very concept of launching a movie download site at the very same time you're claiming that the old internet tubes are getting way too clogged, requiring those traffic shaping efforts. If it's such a problem, why would Bell Canada then contribute to the clogging in that way? Maybe they think they need the additional traffic to "prove" why traffic shaping is necessary. Of course, since the service won't get much use, that plan probably won't get very far.

Filed Under: canada, drm, traffic shaping, video downloads
Companies: bell canada


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    Anonymous Coward, 23 May 2008 @ 4:36pm

    Well, duh. Who didn't see this coming? It's the same reason that Comcast is seeking to "partner with P2P torrent services". So that htey can filter out everything else, but allow P2P specifically for services that *they* offer (so they'll suck up your bandwidth that you're going to get banned over AND charge you for it AND prevent you from using a competitor).

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