Canadian operator Shaw Communications launched its BlueSky TV service in Vancouver this week, which uses Comcast’s X1 platform. The operator’s initial deployment of the voice-controlled TV service happened last month in Calgary and was reportedly the first time the technology was used outside the United States.
“Shaw BlueSky TV is already changing the way customers watch TV in Calgary,” Jay Mehr, president at Shaw Communications, says. “We are now pleased to bring the premium service to hundreds of thousands of families and homes in the Lower Mainland, and give them the television experience they can’t get anywhere else. Just say it, then see it.”
Shaw’s BlueSky TV offers voice-activated navigation, with content recommendations, customized apps, and social media features. Subscribers have access to content in one place including live programming, PVR recordings, on-demand shows, and TV Everywhere services.
In December, another Canadian operator, Rogers Communications, revealed it was dropping its development of an internet-based TV system and instead going with Comcast X1. More on that is here.