Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Free Movies with TIFF In The Park - Toronto

Each Wednesday night of July and August 2011 TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in conjunction with Bell Lightbox will be screening free movies at  David Pecaut Square ( Metro Square) next to Roy Thomson Hall, as apart of their TIFF In The Park project.

9pm Screening Time
July 6: The Wizard of Oz
July 13: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
July 20: Funny Girl

July 27: The Sound of Music

8.30pm Screening Time
August 3: Jagte Raho

August 10: Fiddler on the Roof
August 17: Singin’ in the Rain
August 24: The Muppet Movie
August 31: Mary Poppins

Monday, June 27, 2011

UrtheCast See the earth from space

UrtheCast Web Platform will run 24 hours a day allow users to track the location of the International Space Station and at a rate of 3 feet per pixel receive streaming HD video of Earth straight from the International Space Station. The streaming video will include search, rewind and tag options and is designed to integrate with popular social media platfroms.

The project is scheduled to launch noon 28th June 2011 at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.  Astronaut, Dr Dave Williams  of NASA will be the guest speaker.
UrtheCast is  expected to go live March 2012.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Space HD launches 6th July 2011

Space channel which currently can be viewed on Bell TV( Channel  627) in standard definition will be available in HD on channel 1746 on the 6th July 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bell TV Tip: Adjust volume level quickly

Bell TV Tip
     Volume Adjustment Tip:
              When changing channels or watching commercials
              Use the mute button on the remote: Press once to lower the volume,
              then press twice to return to the original volume level

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Plasma, LCD, LED, Panels, Screens and tVs

There is still confusion between plasma, LCD, panels, screens and tv.  Comparing price for each size can help with your purchase decision.  Models that include a tuner and built in speakers usually are more expensive, will pick up over the air signals and will handle other media types (DVD, CDs, Game Consoles).

If the product you are looking at does not state tv in the product description it is very likely that it does not contain a tv tuner.  If there is no tuner it will not be possible to pick up off the air tv signals..

If the model you are looking at does not include a tuner  ie Panel,  Screen or  Monitor an external source such as a Bell TV Receiver, set top box or a pc tuner card will be necessary to pick up and relay the output of a  tv signal.

Plasma refers to the display type - Gas is used to light the pixels
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) - Uses backlighting to illuminate the pixels.
LED (Light Emitting Diode) - Uses backlighting to illuminate the pixels for High Definition content display.

Photo Credit
Image: Salvatore Vuono /

Sunday, June 19, 2011

How to access Bell Mobile TV on your mobile phone

To access Bell Mobile TV on a mobile phone
  1. Select Bell Mobile TV (may also be referred to as TV & Radio Media Player)
  2. Choose a media type - Radio, Live TV, On Demand, Video etc)
  3. Select the program you want to watch
Charges for Bell Mobile TV will be appear on your Bell Mobility bill

Friday, June 17, 2011

How to install Bell Mobile TV on an iPhone

To access Bell Mobile TV on an iPhone
  1. Go to the App Store  by pressing the App Store icon on the home display
  2. Type in Bell Mobile TV in the Search box
  3. Go to the Application screen page by tapping Select
  4. Tap Install to download and install the application (Once installed you will have a new icon on the home display) 
  5. Select the new icon Bell Mobile TV
  6. Choose the media type (Live, On Demand, Video etc) then select the program you want to watch
Charges for Bell Mobile TV will be appear on your Bell Mobility bill

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bell Mobile TV

It is possible to Extend a Bell mobility package by adding mobile tv.   The extension allows the user to watch sports, news movies, dramas on your mobile phone for a monthly fee.  Prices are from $5 to $8 plus taxes per month.

Charges for Bell Mobile TV will be appear on your Bell Mobility bill

To see what's available 
Visit Bell Mobile TV Details page, signup and download the App of your choice.

Photo Credit
Image: Ambro /

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Dance with Dragons

If you have read George R R Martin's  A Song of Ice and Fire series so far 

  •    A Game of Thrones
  •    A Clash of Kings
  •    A Storm of Swords
  •    A Feast for Crows

Good news, you can preorder A Dance with Dragons  which is the next book in the series via  Chapters today.  The book is due for release on the 12th July 2011

Two more books The Winds of Winter  and A Dream of Spring will complete the series.  Release dates for these are not yet known.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Game of Thrones (Online via Bell TV)

Game of Thrones (HBO) first series is now almost at an end.  From the opening shots of the frozen north, realistic locations, matter of fact lifestyles of the characters and the introduction to the major houses power players  the viewer is drawn into a world of hidden agendas, lies and loyalties.

The episodes closely follow the first book, Game of Thrones,which is one of seven in the series,  A Song of Ice and Fire, written by George R R Martin.  Due to the richness of the plot the first episode seemed slow. Partly because as characters were introduced information about their backgrounds, which will later become crucial to the power struggle, was also being revealed. Also because the viewer needs to appreciate that the necessary cruelty and veiled threats are not only expected as a survival mechanism but are subtle displays of strength.

The locations - Winterfell and the Wall to the north, King's Landing to the south and Pentos across the narrow sea in the east are portrayed believably.  Visually they have been shot to capture the essence of the lands and how it effects the life for the residents of each location.

The characters are strong and the actors are well suited to their assigned roles.  The children deliver their parts well and from the beginning gain the viewers sympathy.  The children, who are being groomed  for future roles of power, for the most part have very little say in their fate.

The four story lines become the backdrop for the coming years when myths become real, past wrongs are righted, ancient grudges avenged and for some getting what you wanted isn't so great after all.

Don't worry if you didn't catch all or none of the episodes, you can watch them all online, if you have a Bell TV account and an HBO subscription.

Watch Game of Thrones online

Thursday, June 9, 2011

On screen search tip - Bell TV (Satellite)

Bell TV Tip
     Onscreen Search Guide Tip:
              To enter your search term
              Use the up, down, forward, back and select buttons OR
              Use the number letter keys on the remote as you would if you were texting.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mac OS X Lion and iCloud to be introduced

At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple CEO Steve Jobs, announced that Mac OS X Lion IOS would be introduced this year and iCloud would be introduced next fall. It will be free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users. iCloud will be replacing Mobile Me (July 2012) and have the ability for users to sync their Apple devices in respect of email, photos, audio, video and files via internet storage.

OS X Lion will be available in July, will retail for $29.99. It is only going to be available through the Apple App store as an upgrade for OS X Snow Leopard users. LIon will have over 250 new features including an extended range of Multi finger  swipe gestures, full screen Apps, auto save, resume, Mission Control and Launch Pad.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

World Environment Day

It's now been 39 years since the first World Environment Day.

Locally you can join in Green Event  at :

EcoFest Barrie
Working as a community to celebrate our earth and to offer a message of new possibilities and alternate lifestyles. Join us for Barrie's 2nd Annual Ecology Festival - June 11,12, 2011 Heritage Park - Barrie's Lakefront - Barrie Ontario

Don't forget you can recycle your phone at your local Bell Store.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Canadian Pacific

On the 3rd June 1889 the Canadian Pacific (CP) Coast to Coast Railway was completed. The railway was incorporated February 16, 1881, George Stephen was the first president.  Today the railway consists of a 14,000-mile network. CP also operates in the United States (Buffalo, Chicago, Newark, New York, Philadelphia and Washington).

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

FREE PREVIEW Bell TV Channel Line up June 2011

During June 2011, as per Channel 271 of the Bell TV online guide,
these Channels are on Free preview :

1670 - MUCH (Much Music) HD
Free Preview Ends 1st September

Free Preview Ends May 2012