Friday, March 30, 2012

Juno Awards 2012 on Bell TV

The 41st annual Juno Awards, hosted by William Shatner will air 1st April 2012 on Bell TV.  See which of your favourite Canadian Musicians win awards this year. 

Channel 201   CTV-H  
Channel 212   CTV-T      
Channel 221   CTV-NO   
Channel 229   CTV-O      
Channel 1011 CTVHH      
Channel 1031 CTVMH      
Channel 1011 CTVHH     
Channel 1051 CTVHT   

Channel 225   CTV-W
Channel 1091 CTVHWH       

Channel 235   CTV-R       
Channel 249   CTV-S      
Channel 1108 CTVRH
Channel 1132 CTVHC
Channel 1151 CTVHV

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pizza at the push of a button

Ordering the same pizza just got easier.   Red Tomato Pizza are offering their customers a fridge magnet that when operated, by pushing the button, will place your pizza order over the internet and have your pizza delivered to your door.   Impressive, we think so.

Source: Red Tomato Pizza

Monday, March 26, 2012

Angry Birds Space hits 10 million downloads

Angry Birds Space launched  22nd March 2012. In only 3 days Angry Birds Space has been downloaded ten million times.   That's a lot of flying feathers and tumbling pigs.  The Rovio Angry Bird game is already #1 in 99 countries.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Women Channel and Peach Tree HD Channels on Bell TV

Women Channel HD (W-HD) Channel 1705 and Peach Tree HD (PCHHD) Channel 1231 began airing today on Bell TV (satellite).

Friday, March 23, 2012

ABC Spark Channel (Bell TV)

ABC Spark Channel (ABCSP) on Bell TV will be aired on Channel 560 and 1650 in HIgh Definition. Free preview in effect until June 30th 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bell Pine Tree Towers coming to Township of Muskoka Lakes

Cell towers are essential in rural areas for the provision of cell phone and internet service.
This May, Bell will be constructing seven cell towers disguised as pine trees,  in the township of Muskoka Lakes, Ontario.  Pine Tree towers  are also to be erected in Breezy Point Road, Foot’s Bay, Little Lake Joseph, Port Carling East, Port Sandfield and Walker’s Point East.
A total of 20 towers are planned. The steel and fibre glass towers will be between 25 and 29 meters tall. The towers are to be strategically placed to blend in with existing trees. 

Photo: Toronto Star

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Modify your Bell Fibe TV Favourites list for customized viewing

Modify your Favourite Channel  List -  Bell Fibe TV 
  1. On the remote control Press the Menu
  2. Select  Settings via left/right arrows 
  3. Select Television  via up/down arrows
  4. Press the up/down arrows then select Set up Favourite Channels.
  5. Use arrow button to navigate. Add additional channels by selecting them. A check mark will appear to show the channel is now included..
  6. Use arrow button to navigate. Remove  channels by selecting them. The check mark will disappear to show the channel is not included..
  7. To save your favourites list, use the arrows to select Save and then press Select.
Source: Bell

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Bell TV 6400 High Definition Receiver

Installation of the Bell 6400 HD (HIgh Definition) Digital satellite receiver began today. 
The receiver features an updated on-screen program guide.  The receiver comes with a black infrared (IR) remote, which has the same features as Bell's IR grey remote with one difference. The ITV (Interactive tv) button has been replaced with a Movies button which will take the operator directly to the Movie Themes on-screen selection.   Specifications:
  • Model : 6400 high definition receiver 
  • HD picture quality
  • 3D ready, 1080p capable
  • 16.9 widescreen format
  • MPEG2 and MPEG4 capable
  • Display resolutions : 480i, 480p, 720p,1080i.
  • Updated On-screen electronic programming guide
  • On-screen Caller-Id for Call Display subscribers
  • Two USB Ports, one of which can be used to convert the receiver into to a PVR
    by connecting one optional external hard drive

  • HDMI output to transmit digital audio and video signals to a high-definition television set
  • RCA output to connect to a standard definition television set
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 actual theatre-level surround sound (available if it's programmed into the show’s soundtrack)
  • Alphanumeric search options in onscreen programming guide

  • Dimensions: 4.19cm (H) x 31.75 (W) x 22.5cm (D), 1.65" (H) x 12.5" (W) x 8.875"(D)
  • Weight:2.3kg, 5lbs

Bell TV: 6400 High Definition Receiver Specifications Page
Image Credit: 

Join ICT North's Facebook Page  for information about special offers and Bell Satellite TV free preview channels.

Monday, March 12, 2012

External hard drive specifications for your 6131 or 6141 Bell Receiver

For a Bell TV 6131 or 6141 model HD satellite receiver you need an external hard drive to enable PVR capabilities.  Specifications for the external hard drive  :

  • Single Hard drive enclosure
  • Rotation Speed 7200 RPM
  • No Sleep mode or sleep mode off setting
  • Capacity 40GB up to 2TB
  • AC power  to operate
  • USB 2.0 connection

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Raspberry Pi Delivery date delayed

A problem with the jack has slowed production of the tiny Raspberry Pi credit card sized mini computers which can run Fedora (special remix), Debian or Arch LInux.  Non Integrated magnetic jacks were inadvertently fitted in to the device.  These are being replaced with a magnetic version so aconnectivey will work as originally designed.  Production is back underway but delivery dates for most orders will be later than scheduled.
The Raspberry Pi originally availability date was january 2012.
Model B began production 11th Jan 2012. A delay due to difficulty in obtaining the correct quartz crystals pushed the completion date back to 20th February 2012.

Model B was available for purchase 29th Feb 2012 for $35.  Model A which now has 256Mb of Ram and retails for $25 went into production at the end of February 2012.

Place an order via Premier Farnell/Element 14 or RS Components.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Game of Thrones Exhibit at TIFF Bell Lightbox

From the 9th March 2012 until the 12th March 2012 catch The Game of Thrones Exhibit at TIFF Bell Lightbox.  10am - 8pm. In Conversation with Author George R R Martin is scheduled for the 12th March at 7 pm, exhibition hours for that day have been extended  to 10pm. The exhibit is a joint venture between HBO Canada and TIFF.

The Game of Thrones exhibit features costumes, weaponry, banners, photographs and of course the Iron Throne.  Exhibit visitors will have the opportunity to sit on the Iron Throne and take pictures.

Season Two will air on Bell TV 1st April 2012 at 9 pm EST, 10 pm MT, on HBO (Channels 306 and 307)

Video Credit: HBO - Invitation to the Set

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bell TV VuPPV Premiering This Week Channel introduced

A new channel - Bell TV (satellite)  has appeared in the online Programming Guide
Channel 480 - VuPPV Premiering this week.  This is an Information Channel listing
what movies will be shown and when in the current week.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Solar Storm might turn the TV off

A solar storm is heading for Earth.  The storm, the largest since 2007,  is the result of a solar eruption (Flare) which occurred Tuesday evening.  The released charged particles are heading for the Earth at a speed of 4 million miles per hour.  The particles are expected to arrive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. EST Thursday 8th March 2012 and stop sometime Friday morning 9th March 2012.

  • Power outages
  • Disruption to satellite tv service
  • GPS errors and or outages
  • Radio communication problems
  • Magnetic emissions
  • Northern Aurora visible further south
  • Canada and USA Great Lakes area, 
  • Thursday night and early Friday morning

Source Article: The Globe and Mail
Image Credit:  Image: nixxphotography /

The New iPad to be released in Canada 16th March 2012

The New iPad is to be released in Canada 16th March 2012 as well as the USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Switzerland. Apple introduced the New iPad 

at 1 pm EST today.


The New iPad features a 2048 x 1536 resolution Retina Display, HD 1080p video recording capability, IOS 5 and an A5X Chip.  Auto Focus, auto exposure on the   iSight 5 megapixel rear camera (front camera has FaceTime).  A microphone for speech to text capabilities - email, notes, send text or search the web.

Applications including Photos, Photo Booth, Newsstand, Notes, iMessage, plus Twitter integration are handled nicely by the  dual -core, quad-core graphics A5X chip. iCloud and photo beaming for keeping up to date and sharing content with others. 

Comparison Chart :


Wi-Fi  3G            
$499 - 16 GB
$599 - 32 GB
$699 - 64 GB

$629 - 16 GB
$729 - 32 GB
$829 - 64 GB

Pre-Orders being taken now

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Simpsons parody Game of Throne Opening

Popular cartoon show "The Simpsons" opening sequence for Sunday 4th March 2012 show was a parody of the HBO series Game of Thrones based on the best selling fantasy books - George RR Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire series

Not sure how long this video will be allowed to be viewed, there are some shortened versions on You Tube, but for how long we do not know.  The most complete version on the intetnet that we found  The Simpsons Game of Thrones opening via and HBO Watch have some screenshots and a working video link.

Game of Thrones The Complete First Season is being released on DVD and Blu-ray 6th March 2012.
Season Two - Game of Thrones returns to HBO (Channel 306 and 307 on Bell satellite TV)  1st April 2012.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Bell TV March 2012 Free Preview Channels

Free previews on Bell TV (satellite) for March 2012
as per Channel 271 of the Bell TV online satellite guide,
Free Preview Channels are :

Disney Junior
Satellite Channel 189
Fibe TV Channel 189
From 20th Feb  to 9th March

Satellite Mlle Channel 194
Fibe TV  Channel 194
Until 14 March 2012

Satellite Yoopa Channel 144
Fibe TVChannel 150
Until 14 Mar 2012

W Movies
Satellite Channel 333
Fibe TV Channel 333
Until 31st March 2012

Fight Network  
Satellite Channel 388
Fibe TV Channel 388
Until 31st March 2012

Wild TV
Satellite Channel 389
Fibe TV Channel 389
Until 31st March 2012

GOL TV Canada
Satellite TV Channel 404
Fibe TV Channel 404
Until 31st March 2012

WFN World Fishing Network
Satellite Channel 419
Fibe TV Channel 413
Until 31st March 2012

Satellite Channel 578
Unit 31st March 2012

Satellite Channel 864 Standard Definition
Satellite Channel 1835 High Definition
Fibe TV  Channel145 Standard Definition
Fibe TV Channel 1145 High Definition
Unit 29th April 2012

Satellite Disney XD HD 
Channel 1648
Ends 31 May 2012

ABS CP (ABC Spark and ABC Spark HD)
Channel 560 and 1650 in HIgh Definition. 
Free preview in effect until June 30th 2012

Channel 271 of the Bell TV online satellite guide, has the free channel listings
Channels are Standard Definition unless specified as High Definition.

Enhanced Bell Mobile TV Player powered by Quick Play Media

Bell introduced enhanced Mobile TV Player powered by Quick Play Media  - MONTRÉAL, March 1, 2012.  The introduction of this  enhancement means subscribers will have a better user interface, programming guide with up to two weeks advance program details, customizable alerts and more effective browsing abilities.  

Full details are outlined in the Press Release:
Bell introduces enhanced Mobile TV player powered by QuickPlay Media