Nimiq is an Inuktitut word for "that which unifies" and was chosen from a nationwide naming contest in 1998.The two satellites are owned and operated by Telesat Canada.
In 2009, Telus reached a deal to resell a re-packaged version of the Bell TV service in parts of Alberta and British Columbia known as Telus Satellite TV.
The agreement was designed to allow Telus the ability to "instantly" offer a quadruple play of services in markets where it has not yet deployed its IPTV services, while also allowing Bell to increase its television market share in Western Canada.
Bell TV satellite receivers are manufactured for Echostar by Sanmina-SCI in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Two different high-definition television (HDTV) receivers are currently provided, with either optional or built-in personal video recorder (PVR) capabilities: Bell has discontinued older receivers which either only supported standard-definition television (SDTV) or included a series of features that newer receivers no longer offer.
Plans have been shelved for any additional Express Vu satellite expenditures assuming pending CRTC and Industry Canada approval for Dish Network to use all 32 transponders on Nimiq 5.