Does Bell Fibe’s Wireless TV Service Change things?

Bell Canada recently started marketing their wireless TV service offering. What is Bell Fibe’s Wireless TV really about and what should you think about when planning your home systems?

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What’s really wireless about Bell’s TV service?

If you are a Bell Fibe subscriber, you can opt for their wireless set top box. You still have a physical connection between the “box” and the TV via HDMI cable but the benefit is that you can now move your TV around the house as long as you have power near by. You will need to connect your TV and Bell box to power but other than that, the Bell Fibe box will connect to your home service as long as you are within wireless range.

 

Is Wireless HD good?

From our experience, wireless HD video works…with lots of limits.

For a short distance, the video works really well but it depends on the quality of your home wireless network(s). Lots of other users surfing and watching Youtube and Netflix will compete with overall wireless reliability, not to mention nearby cordless phones, cell phones, etc. Bell’s wireless signal is private but it does use the same wireless technology as your wifi devices which means it can be interfered with. It will try to find an available “channel” but if you live in a dense area of town (Condo, Apartment, etc) you will absolutely experience problems.

We have found some wireless video transmitters to be very reliable. Based on recent installations, we have had very good results with Epson’s wireless HDMI extenders for their projectors. Epson’s Home Cinema 5020UBe is amazing. They allow us to mount a high quality 1080p with 3D projector 20-30′ away from the transmitter. These have proved to be highly reliable.

We believe Bell’s biggest challenge is sending wireless beyond 15′ of your main hard wired PVR (which must be present for the wireless units to work). Beyond that distance, you will likely experience problems (we are early in our testing so expect some more data in the coming months). We look forward to testing these out and helping our clients enjoy their AV systems. Congrats to Bell for making the leap forward. Time will tell how the wireless solutions will work out.

What’s the downside?

The issue from an installation standpoint is that we still need to make room for the wireless box which is relatively thick. We were hoping to see a slimmer unit that could be hidden behind the TV but unfortunately at 16.5cm (or 6.5″) it could benefit from a similar diet to our new TVs. When we’ve grown accustomed to 1-2″ thin TVs, having it stick out from the wall at 8″ really won’t work.

Another downside is overall HD quality. On smaller TVs, the HD quality issues won’t be noticeable but don’t expect this to be like watching a BluRay on your 65″ plasma. The video is highly compressed and you will see the difference. We still believe this to be a great solution for gyms, home offices, guest bedrooms or outdoor patios.

For your home cinema or family room systems, stick to what works. Use a hard wired receivers. It will save you the aggravation.

For more information, please comment on this post or call us anytime.

9 thoughts on “Does Bell Fibe’s Wireless TV Service Change things?


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  2. I echo Self Help. Good article. Clear & concise. From a new user’s perspective (i.e.: 3 weeks), pixelation, frozen and lost images have been a constant issue. Rebooting the modem as per Bell’s Troubleshooting instructions FAQs only solves the issue for a few hours at most. Modem is located immediately behind the TV and is not constrained as to ventilation. Definitely not a good first impression.


    1. Hi Darell, you have likely already done this but I would call Bell and switch to a new box. You shouldn’t be having constant issues. We find approx 1 in 4 installations require a new Fibe box. The hardware QA process just isn’t there.


  3. Hi,

    Just want to see if this wireless is an independent device, i.e one can watch one show from the main wired PVR and another person can watch another show from the wireless device simultaneously, or they both need to watch the same program?


    1. Hi Sam. Sorry I didn’t respond to this earlier. If you haven’t figured it out yet…the secondary box is an actual device you connect to your TV and it communicates back to the “main” PVR for connectivity to the Fibe network. It can watch recorded events on the main PVR or watch live shows/events on its own.


  4. I had bell fibe installed when we had super-old box tv from the 90’s 🙂 So moving tv around the house wirelessly around the house wasn’t an option as tv was tethered to receiver with many wires (no HDMI). I’m getting a new tv finally, Does the TV need to be a SMART TV or have Wireless capability to move it around the house as as Bell advertised on commercials:)


    1. Hi Ana,

      No you don’t need a special TV to have it work with Bell’s wireless “box”. You still need an HDMI input on your TV that connects the Bell Wireless “box”. The wireless is all between 2 pieces of Bell hardware which they will provide. The only cabling you are eliminating is the cabling from your wall to your Bell Box. Let me know if that doesn’t make sense.


  5. If my modem and my tv receiver were connected to one another in the living room with the tv, and then I wanted to move the tv to the basement can I move the transmitter to the basement with the tv and leave the modem upstairs? If the transmitter stays upstairs with the modem then there’s no hdmi cable connection. Do i have to get a new wireless bell transmitter? Do I have to pay for it?


    1. If I’m understanding clearly, you have your Bell TV box connected to your Bell Internet Modem. The HDMI is from the Bell Fibe TV box to your TV and that will always be required. If you have a Bell TV box that is wireless, it goes where ever you can get a signal from the main bell modem. If you have the most current modem, you can also get an Apple TV or Android TV box and download the Bell fibe app. Works fairly well. Feel fee to email us pictures of your setup and we can try to help you. Just use the contact page to start a discussion over email…cheers.

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