Telus TV
Company typeDivision
ParentTelus Communications

Telus Optik TV is a product of Telus Communications, a subsidiary of Telus Corporation, that provides IPTV service in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. The service offers over 630 digital channels, including more than 100 in HD. Despite its name, the service is available to both Fibre To The Node (FTTN) or Fibre To The Home (FTTH) clients, with FTTN implementations using telephone lines instead of fibre optics for a portion of the connection. Telus launched IPTV service in November 2005 to customers in select Alberta communities. As of February 2017, over 1 million customers are subscribed to the Optik TV. Major competitors include satellite services Shaw Direct and Bell Satellite TV, as well as various cable and communications companies across British Columbia and Alberta, such as Rogers, Novus and Eastlink.

Other television services

Pik TV

Telus Pik TV was an internet television service that offered live TV and on demand video from 125 television networks. Pik TV was available as an add-on to residential Telus Internet customers. The service was named after the pick-and-pay television model, where customers purchase channels à la carte.

The service was available at two pricing points:

Pik TV service was available on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, Android, and web browsers.

The service was discontinued and instead new services called Stream+[1] and TELUS TV+[2] have been announced and introduced with similar features that bundles streaming apps like Netflix, Crave, Apple TV+, Prime Video, Crave, Hayu, discovery+, Shudder, Sundance Now, IFC Films Unlimited and Acorn TV.

Satellite TV

From June 2009 to April 2018, Telus resold BCE's satellite Bell Satellite TV service in parts of Alberta and British Columbia as Telus Satellite TV. The agreement was designed to allow Telus the ability to offer a quadruple play of services in markets where it had not yet deployed Optik TV, while also allowing Bell to increase its television market share in Western Canada. The Telus-branded service co-exists with the Bell-branded version of Bell TV, which is still offered in the markets that Telus Satellite TV is offered.[3] With the resale agreement ending March 31, 2018, Telus continues to support existing subscribers, but no longer accepts new ones.[4]

TELUS Presents

TELUS Presents is a collection of, as described by Telus, "hard-to-find" international programs available on demand at no additional charge to Optik TV and Pik TV subscribers in Alberta and B.C., introduced in October 2020.[5] Programs available as part of the collection include I Hate Suzie and The Newsreader.[6][7]


TELUS STORYHIVE is the community access channel for TELUS Optik TV under the CRTC guidelines for community television in Canada. As described by TELUS it gives underrepresented communities in British Columbia and Alberta an opportunity to share their stories on the Canadian Broadcasting System. Through various programs called Editions, Voices, Video Podcast, Summer Crew, On Location and Community Stories they provide production funding, training, mentorship and distribution on TELUS Optik TV towards short films, podcasts, web series, and live streams often by beginning filmmakers and content creators.[8] They often partner with other Canadian media organizations like Creative BC and the National Screen Institute. STORYHIVE also recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. [9]

TELUS originals

TELUS originals according to TELUS supports the production of social purpose documentaries features and series by mid-career independent filmmakers in B.C. and Alberta. They contribute funds to local production in accordance with the same CRTC conditions of license, created seemingly as an off-shoot of STORYHIVE. This means that TELUS originals films are funded from the same community access pool, an allotment that allows them to commission local producers to produce content that TELUS' supports. This is a production fund, that does not acquire finished films. All their programming is distributed through TELUS Optik TV.[10]

See also


  1. ^ Vlessing, Etan (January 18, 2024). "Streaming Bundle With Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video Hits Canada". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 25, 2024.
  2. ^ "Telus TV Digital Box: Apple TV App Now Available • iPhone in Canada Blog". April 3, 2023. Retrieved March 25, 2024.
  3. ^ "The satellite surprise: Telus ties up with BCE". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Telus no longer selling satellite TV to new customers". MobileSyrup. April 3, 2018. Archived from the original on April 18, 2018. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  5. ^ Telus Communications Inc. (press release) (October 5, 2020). "TELUS Presents gives Optik TV and Pik TV customers access to hard-to-find shows from abroad". Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  6. ^ Middleton, Richard (October 12, 2020). "MIPCOM Drama round-up: NBCUI nabs 'Wynonna Earp'; All3's 'All Creatures Great And Small' travel; HBO Max adds 'I Am Suzie' [sic]; and more". Television Business International. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  7. ^ Middleton, Richard (February 16, 2022). "News round-up: BBC, Arte & NBCU buy 'The Newsreader'; Middlechild expands; Stellify returns to 'The Farm'". Television Business International. Retrieved February 23, 2022.
  8. ^ "About STORYHIVE | TELUS". Retrieved March 25, 2024.
  9. ^ "TELUS STORYHIVE celebrates 10th anniversary of local storytelling". Prince George Citizen. March 4, 2024. Retrieved March 25, 2024.
  10. ^ "TELUS Local Content - TELUS originals". TELUS. Retrieved March 25, 2024.