Wednesday, November 28, 2007
That was then this is now. Back then cell phones were just for yakking and texting but now there is more interactive tasks that cell phones do things like Broadband over cellular, video calling and multimegapixel photo sharing are demanding uses of cellular networks. The traditional cell carriers have charged very high rates for data plans.
The long rumored future entrants in Canada cell phone industry is Quebec based Videotron and Manitoba Telecom Services which is looking to expand outside of Manitoba. Since MTS already has a CDMA network it goes without saying that is the technology that they will stay with for a nationwide network. Videotron and other entrants if they choose GSM could also offer the iPhone in Canada. Even the possibility of an upstart bringing the iPhone to Canadians would make Rogers reconsider their data plan rates making it feasible for Rogers to offer the iPhone. For all cell phone users in Canada that means interesting and hopefully less expensive times ahead.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
TiVo's denial of hardware and service to Canadians has cost itself a lot. The personal video recorders offered by cable and satellite companies have a big head start. Even as TiVo arrives in Canada they have already put themselves at a huge disadvantage, The TiVo boxes only support standard low definition television. All the cable and satellite PVR's support High definition recording. Likely to say that TiVo is just using the Canadian market to dump a large inventory of standard low definition TiVo boxes.
TiVo's are going to be good for those still using analog cable or over the air reception who are having more and more trouble finding blank VHS casettes. For those with digital cable or satellite getting a PVR from the cable or satellite company would cost about the same as the monthly service fee that TiVo charges.
It is very hard to despute that TiVo at one time was a cutting edge technology, but Canadians were forced to sit on the side lines but by now we have gone somewhere else, too late Tivo too bad.
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