I might have a lot of hobbies, but if I could single out a true pastime, it would be watching shows…and movies. I’m a sucker for a good story and, let’s face it, there are so many good stories out there easily digestible because they come in the form of television. But television as we know it — especially for cord-cutters such as myself — has drastically changed in a very short time.
With screens surrounding us, it’s easier than ever to access entertainment at the touch of a finger. We know this. Streaming is the new norm (at least amongst millennials) and it’s not going anywhere. Cheap, convenient and full of variety, how could it? Yet streaming as we know it does fall short in some surprising, albeit logical, ways. For instance, the paradox of choice. Just as with great power comes great responsibility, with greater choices come greater confusion.
So why not introduce live TV as a streaming option? That’s exactly what Bell’s Fibe Alt TV does. On an emotional level, Alt TV gives you the option of channel surfing again and the subsequent relief of watching something that just happens to be on. Of course there’s still an element of choice, yet those choices are limited to 30 channels (unless you upgrade to more comprehensive packages). What’s more, you don’t need a cable subscription, receiver or long-term contract to enjoy it. All you need is an easy-to-use app and Fibe Internet, the latter of which is perhaps one of the only catches.
I got to experience a bit of what Alt TV has to offer earlier this week at it’s launch. I scrolled through Apple TV and even browsed on a tablet, two of four ways to watch Bell’s new live TV. (The other two are on a computer and, surprise surprise, a smartphone.) It was quite the party. Headlined by Scott Helman, we ate, drank and played with the technology on the rooftop of the Thompson Hotel. Clearly all signs pointed to yes with Alt TV, especially since it was one of the first days that spring truly felt like it had sprung.
Although it might feel like a big step to change over to a new internet provider in order to enjoy Alt TV, this is a service that addresses a lot of the problems other streaming platforms face. As it’s name suggests, it’s an amazing alternative that I’m sure more than a few will indulge.