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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    Shuryno, 23 May 2008 @ 5:08pm


    Bell is teh Evil. It's one of the worst companie in Canada, The only reason they still have customers is the fact they own all DSL network in Quebec and most in Canada.

    I hope new infrastructures will see be installed and that real competitors will arise. No business can survive with this type of behavior if you don't have a (former)monopoly. This is not their only problem, everything about them is wrong. It's sad , because it's the biggest private companie in Canada(Probably won't be for very long)

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