Telus, Bell team to offer sat TV service

Telus Satellite TV to reach 90% of homes in B.C. and Alberta

TORONTO -- Western Canadian phone giant Telus Corp. has teamed with rival Bell Canada to launch a satellite TV service in Alberta and British Columbia.

Telus will pay Bell Canada an unspecified distribution fee to offer its existing Bell ExpressVu satellite TV service, with around 500 digital channels, to its subscribers under the Telus name.

The Telus Satellite TV service will be made available to 90% of homes in B.C. and Alberta, and aims to complement Telus' Internet-based TV offering.

The pact also allows Telus to compete against cable giant Shaw Communications, which currently dominates the Western Canadian TV market and is making inroads with its own phone offering.

Bell Canada will continue to sell its ExpressVu satellite TV service in Western Canada as it partners with Telus against Shaw Communications.