Bell Canada first to give Canadians a laugh with the Têtes à Claques phenomenon


    MONTREAL, Quebec, Feb. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced that it is
partnering with Québec's most visited French-language site -
tetesaclaques.tv(TM) - to make Têtes à Claques content available to Canadians
through Mobility, ExpressVu and Sympatico/MSN services from Bell.
    Produced in Québec, this cultural phenomenon involves short, funny clips
that combine puppetry and video animation to create a range of unique
characters, all voiced by the creator himself. Fans can follow the ups and
downs of Uncle Tom, Raoul and his "chicks," the couple Monique and Lucien, and
the Ti-papoutes through their mobile phones, on the Internet and on their TV
screens.
    "With their outlandish teeth, enormous eyes and outrageous remarks, Têtes
à Claques characters are achieving incredible popularity," said Nicolas
Gaudreau, Vice President, Marketing, Québec for Bell. "The addition of content
from Québec cultural phenomenon Têtes à Claques builds on Bell's commitment to
provide the ultimate in entertainment and offer unique French-language
content."
    Têtes à Claques creator Michel Beaudet is thrilled that his creations
have reached so many Québecers, "I'm delighted by the public's response, and
very excited about working with Bell. This will give fans across the country
access to Têtes à Claques and no matter where they are, they'll be able to
laugh and smile."
    Subscribers to Mobility service from Bell, the largest provider of
French-language mobile entertainment, can download the exclusive previews of
new Têtes à Claques clips one week before they are broadcast on the Têtes à
Claques Web site.
    Têtes à Claques fans will have unlimited access to clips streamed to the
Samsung a920, a900, m500, the Sanyo 7500, 8300 and FUSIC (LG 550), the Nokia
6275i, the Motorola e815 and RAZR handsets by subscribing to a Fun bundle
(previously the Fuel Me bundle), which starts at $20 a month. Exclusive
content like voicetones, Caller Ring Tunes, video ringtones and screensavers
is updated each week and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    Têtes à Claques is also available on the Sympatico.MSN.ca portal,
Canada's most popular Web site with 20 million unique visitors per month. Fans
of Têtes à Claques will have exclusive access to previews of coming clips one
week before they are broadcast by visiting tetesaclaques.sympatico.msn.ca.
    With its impressive track record for introducing unique programming like
La Job and interactive television services, ExpressVu, Canada's digital
television leader, is the first and only television provider to bring Têtes à
Claques to Canadians. When select movie titles are purchased on ExpressVu's
French-language pay-per-view service, a Têtes à Claques clip chosen from the
creator's favourites - he has produced more than 30 since he launched the
concept last August - can be enjoyed before the feature movie begins. Two new
clips will be available each month. Tune in to channel 160 to see a
never-before-seen montage of Têtes à Claques clips and to discover which movie
will include a clip.
    For further details on the Têtes à Claques offering on Mobility,
ExpressVu and Sympatico/MSN services from Bell, please visit www.bell.ca/TAC.

    About Bell Canada

    Bell Canada is Canada's national leader in telecommunications, with
28 million client connections across the country. The company provides
consumers with simple solutions to all their communications needs, including
telephone services, wireless communications, high-speed Internet, digital
television and voice over IP. Bell also offers integrated information and
communications technology (ICT) services to businesses and governments, and is
the Virtual Chief Information Officer (VCIO) to small and medium businesses.
Bell is proud to be a Premier National Partner and exclusive Communications
Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Bell is
wholly owned by BCE Inc. For information on Bell's products and services,
please visit www.bell.ca; for information on BCE, please visit www.bce.ca.

    About Têtes à claques

    Tetesaclaques.tv(TM) clips, produced by Salambo Productions, is a
Québec-produced collection of short, funny clips that are the rage on the
Internet. Created from a clever mix of puppetry and video animation, the Têtes
à Claques clips offer outlandish humour that appeal to both young and old.
Since its launch four months ago, the site has become one of the top ten most
visited sites in Canada, with more than two million unique visitors.



For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Paolo
Pasquini, Bell Canada, Media Relations, (416) 581-4268, 1-888-482-0809,
paolo.pasquini@bell.ca