Bell the first Canadian company to offer hotels coast-to-coast high definition television service

Dec 23, 2009

Marriott Hotels bringing in-room HD Bell TV service to eight hotels nationally

MONTREAL, Dec. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today announced it is the first national television provider to offer hotels the ability to bring visitors high definition television in the comfort of their rooms. The innovative Bell TV solution has been selected by Marriott Hotels for use in eight locations nationally.

"Bell is proud to offer hotels a unique solution that solves the challenges they face in delivering HD television directly to their guests across Canada," said Kevin Crull, President of Bell Residential Services. "With Bell TV, hotel guests get access to Canada's best HD television service, featuring the most HD channels and stunning picture quality, making their stay even more enjoyable."

Bell's innovative solution delivers in-room satellite-powered HD television from a centralized control room, doing away with the need for individual receivers in each room. The result is both an improved guest experience and simplified hotel operations, providing video on demand compatibility, more attractive room aesthetics and eliminating the risk of theft of in-room HD receivers.

Bell has installed its HD solution in six Marriott hotel locations in Canada and it will soon be offered in two additional hotels, bringing Canada's best HD television through Bell TV to more than two thousand rooms. These Marriott properties have access to more than 100 HD channels from Bell TV, the most offered by any television provider in Canada.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Bell to offer our guests HD television in Marriott hotels across Canada," said Scott Allison, Regional Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Marriott Hotels & Resorts Canada.

About Bell

Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell Mobility wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite television, Bell Home phone local and long distance, and IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services. Bell is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the Exclusive Telecommunications Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For information on Bell's products and services, please visit For corporate information on BCE, please visit

About Marriott

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,100 lodging properties in 66 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA and had approximately 146,000 employees at 2008 year-end. It is recognized by BusinessWeek as one of the 100 best global brands, by FORTUNEĀ® as one of the best companies to work for, and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2008, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $13 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at

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