TELUS unleashes Optik TV in Penticton
(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 30 March 2012
Release date- 29032012 - Penticton, B.C. - TELUS Optik TV has arrived in Penticton, for the first time giving residents a real choice of where to get TV service.
To mark the launch of Optik TV and in support of TELUS' philosophy to 'give where we live', TELUS will give $25* to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, in support of the Penticton Regional Hospital, for every new customer signing up for Optik TV or activating a smartphone in Penticton.
'We're delighted to offer TELUS' all digital Optik TV to Penticton households as we continue to invest in bringing this advanced technology to our customers across B.C. The impressive features and unmatched flexibility of Optik will change the way residents of Penticton watch TV,' said Steve Jenkins, TELUS general manager for B.C. Interior South. 'The TELUS team feels privileged to contribute to the development of the Penticton Regional Hospital, in celebration of every new customer who takes advantage of this new suite of home entertainment services. Expanding our community health facilities is vitally important in helping to keep our community members close to their homes and families as they go through treatment.'
This new campaign will help to fund upgrades to the Penticton Regional Hospital's laboratory facilities, including the construction of a new Histology lab. The histology lab will facilitate the completion of patient biopsies before, during and after surgery. The availability of an onsite histology lab adjacent to operating rooms will allow for rapid information flow while surgery is in progress, contributing meaningfully to better patient outcomes.
'We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with TELUS. The Histology program that TELUS is supporting today is about providing residents with excellent health care in our local regional hospital,' said Janice Perrino, Executive Director, South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. 'TELUS is an incredible community supporter and has been involved for many years in the fundraising programs with the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation for the Penticton Regional Hospital. We are grateful for their support, dedication and commitment to health care for the citizens.'
TELUS offers Optik TV, powered by the award-winning Microsoft Mediaroom, in Alberta and British Columbia communities. TELUS has invested more than $20 billion in infrastructure across Canada since 2000 and is investing a further $1.85 billion this year to increase Internet speeds, introduce Optik TV to more communities, and expand its 4G wireless network. The company will invest $3 billion over the next 3 years across B.C.
Since 2000, TELUS, its team members and retirees have contributed more than $75,000 and volunteered 23,000 hours of service to Penticton charities and community organizations.
The campaigns are available to all Penticton residents that activate a TELUS smartphone or subscribe to Optik TV between February 8, 2012 and August 8, 2012. To order TELUS TV or for more information, please visit telus.com/tv or call 310-MYTV (6988).
Up to a maximum of $130,000.
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 such as Facebook and remote record, an application that allows subscribers to manage their PVR recordings from any Internet connection or select smartphone. 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 your existing recording 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, onscreen 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. TELUS is the first TV provider in the world to offer voice and gesture navigation on both live and recorded TV, via an advanced version of Optik TV for Xbox 360 which takes advantage of Xbox's Kinect sensor. In addition, TELUS' Optik TV subscribers can now also enjoy a new application called Optik on the go, which allows customers to view a selection of TV On Demand shows and movies on their mobile devices, tablets and laptops, at home and on the move.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.4 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.3 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 500,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 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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