Can't commit to cable?

Photo by Eric Black.

Photo by Eric Black.

On Monday, Bell launched a new service called “Alt TV,” its rendition of on-demand mobile television as more and more people (such as myself) forego cable subscriptions. Atop the Thompson Hotel Rooftop, I tested out demos of the new service.

Personally, I can’t commit to a cable package. I am barely home to watch anything live and I wouldn’t even have a TV if not for my boyfriend, who one day just brought a TV over so he could play video games and stream Netflix/CraveTV from his laptop.

Photo via Bell Media

Photo via Bell Media

Using the Bell Fibe TV app, Alt TV subscribers can watch live and on-demand Bell channels on their smartphones, tablets or laptops with up to two screens sharing one login. The only requirement is a Bell Fibe Internet subscription. Bell Alt TV offers various packages depending on what you’re looking for. The difference, however, is that there is also the option of choosing channels a-la-carte, starting at $4/month for an individual channel. This is what I’ll call the game changer.

The app experience feels similar to the TV experience, where you can browse the “guide” for programs. This technology allows for a more portable TV watching experience.

I’m curious to see how this pans out. I like the idea of choosing the specific channels (I only watch sports and a few major events, so I’d need very little), and the ability to take your TV experience with you.

I promise I'm more excited than I look. Photo by Eric Black.

I promise I'm more excited than I look. Photo by Eric Black.

I dream about being able to watch the NBA playoffs wherever I am and not being limited to watching shitty streams. I’d love to be able to log in on my phone/iPad/computer and watch as I would at home. I’d love to take the game to my friend’s house with the bigger TV screen.

So far, it sounds promising. If not immediately, at least for the direction of how we watch television in the future.

For more information about Bell Alt TV, including pricing, read here.

This post was sponsored by Bell Media.

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