Portal potty

BCE has finally decided to leverage its extensive media saavy to provide high-bandwidth content to Bell Sympatico subscribers. The web portal is currently in the works, but if you are on Sympatico, you can take a sneek peak at Sympatico Fast Lane: Members Only and speed.sympatico.ca.

Most portals are pretty blah. Half the MSN.ca portal are advertisements cleverly fastlane.jpg disguised as news articles. Sympatico.ca’s current portal is not easy to customize. And don’t get me started on Yahoo!

However, Sympatico Fast Lane seems to have some truly interesting, unique features in the works:

NHL SnapShot: Watch an abridged 20 minute clip of any hockey game from the previous night. Today, you can see the Leafs lose the playoffs :(.

2004 Juno Awards: Exclusive live webcast.

Off the Air: A compilation of funny TV commercials to watch. An intriguing feature, considering AdCritic is no longer around.

Download Centre: Members-only download site for game demos, movie trailers, etc. Never wait at FilePlanet again.

SayMail: You can create your own email greetings, complete with images and a voice recording.

However, I await the day that CTV (part of Bell Globemedia, which is a subsidiary of BCE) offers their TV shows online as video downloads, kinda like what the BBC is doing now.

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