FRENCH INTERNET TELEVISION SERVICE TO CANADIANS
(Canada Newswire; 06/24/98)
JOINT EFFORT TO DELIVER A FRENCH VERSION OF BEYONDTV(TM), CANADA'S FIRST INTERNET TELEVISION NETWORK WINNIPEG, MB., June 24 /CNW/ - Viewcall Canada, Inc. (VCC) and QuebecTel Communications Inc. (QTC) announced today they have entered into an agreement to provide Canadians with a French version of BeyondTV--net connected television(TM) this fall. Tim Nickerson, Managing Director for ViewCall Canada, Inc., said the partnership is a major step towards providing a truly Canadian Internet television product. "QTC's on-line experience and dedication to the French-Canadian content makes them an excellent partner," said Nickerson. "QTC, combined with VCC's two years of experience in the Canadian Internet appliance market, will result in a unique and superior French-Canadian service." "This partnership exhibits the value BeyondTV(TM) provides to Canadians. Understanding the convergence of the Internet and television technologies, and using it to provide Canadians with a sense of identity and community, is what VCC and BeyondTV(TM) are all about," Nickerson said. VCC works with Web and new media providers, broadcasters, and Canadian Internet Service Providers to enrich and enhance television programming. It offers families a uniquely Canadian service that keeps them informed and offers five personal user accounts, including E-mail and Web access. Real Blais, Managing Director of QuebecTel Communications Inc., emphasizes the importance of supplying the Canadian francophone community with a French- language service that reflects its specific needs and culture. "Not only will Quebecers and other French-Canadians gain access to the Internet via such a user-friendly medium as television, but our joint effort will also bring a broad range of information and entertainment content to them in their own language," says Mr. Blais. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, ViewCall Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of MTS Advanced, the Internet, multimedia and directory publishing arm of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (Stock symbol: MBT). ViewCall Canada distributes new media targeted at the Canadian Internet appliance industry. ViewCall launched BeyondTV--net connected television(TM), available nationwide, in November 1997. Web Site: http://www.beyondtv.net QuebecTel Communications is The QuebecTel Group's member organization involved in new technologies and multimedia. It has under its wing "GlobeTrotter", the second largest Internet supplier in the Province of Quebec, "VisioGlobe", a network of public interactive multimedia kiosks, and Services de Television Interactive, its new interactive television unit. SEARCH: multimedia - internet - online services - entertainment - general news - telecommunications
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