VANCOUVER, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - TELUS today announced two new innovations that will continue to transform the way customers enjoy Optik TV.
"At TELUS, we're listening to our customers and introducing more fun, flexibility and mobility to their Optik TV experience," said Joe Natale, Chief Commercial Officer, TELUS. "Optik TV for Xbox 360 and Optik on the go are two more examples of fun and innovative services that make it clear Optik TV is not your average TV service. It's exciting for us at TELUS to bring this kind of innovation to life for our customers. Stay tuned, we are committed to bringing a steady stream of cool, leading edge ideas to Optik TV."
With Optik TV for Xbox 360, you are the remote control
TELUS Optik TV is the first service in the world to offer customers the ability to control both live and recorded TV using hand gestures and voice commands. This means Optik TV customers can change channels up or down, mute or unmute the volume, and pause, replay, and fast forward without the remote control.
With Optik TV, TELUS customers can use their Xbox 360 as their digital television box. Now, with the addition of an Xbox 360 Kinect sensor, users can employ a range of voice commands and hand gestures to control their television.
Watch whenever you want, wherever you want, with Optik on the go
TELUS' second innovation is called Optik on the go, which allows Optik TV customers to view a selection of commercial free TV On Demand shows and movies on their mobile devices*, tablets and laptops - at home, in coffee shops, airports, and on the move. TELUS customers will also be able to experience the service on TELUS' soon-to-be-launched, blazing fast 4G LTE wireless network.
Optik on the go allows users to start, pause, rewind and fast forward their shows just like they do at home.
The service is available to Optik TV customers in British Columbia and Alberta. In addition, subscribers can access and enjoy the application anywhere they can access the Internet, offering a great entertainment option for travelers. Optik on the go offers TV On Demand shows and movies from Super Channel, Hollywood Suite, Family Channel, Disney XD, Disney Jr, and Baby TV in English, French and Mandarin. The content library will continue to grow throughout 2012 and beyond as new shows and movies will be added constantly.
Optik on the go is a free application. There is no additional charge for Optik TV customers to watch select TV On Demand shows and movies from channels they already subscribe to. Tablet and smartphone users can enjoy the service without incurring data charges by using Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet. When connecting via a mobile network, data usage charges would apply.
To learn more about Optik on the go, visit telus.com/optikonthego. Download the free Optik on the go application to an Android or Apple Smartphone or Tablet or access the online application at telus.com/optiktvonline.
* Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch can access Optik TV programming over Wi-Fi only.
About Optik TV
Optik TV provides never before seen functionality and features as well as more than 500 channels, including more than 100 in High Definition (HD). Optik TV is an IPTV based service and features applications like Facebook and remote record, an application that allows subscribers to manage their PVR recordings from any Internet connection or select smartphones. One PVR is all you need to enable every digital box in your home with the ability to pause, rewind and replay live TV, schedule recordings, access existing recordings, and pause a show in one room and pick it up in another room from the same spot. A single PVR can record up to three shows at once. Optik TV also offers Picture-in-Picture browsing, on-screen Call Display, HD Movies On Demand, and HD Pay Per View. It also features an improved search capability that enables effortless searches for shows and movies by actor, director, show title or sporting event, for immediate viewing or recording in the future. With Optik TV, TELUS customers can even use their Xbox 360 as a digital television box. It's easier and more flexible than ever.
In 2011 alone, TELUS invested approximately $1.8 billion in advanced technology and infrastructure to increase Internet speeds, introduce Optik TV to more communities, and expand its 4G wireless network.
Currently, TELUS customers are eligible to receive a $50 American Express cash card when they successfully refer a customer to Optik TV. Please visit telus.com/referrals for more information.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.3 billion of annual revenue and 12.6 million customer connections including 7.2 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 450,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $250 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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