Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Downtown Toronto • Toshiba 52XL177 • HD DVD Toshiba • Rogers HDPVR Cisco 8642
Bell ExpressVu certainly has more HD channels than MTS. The comparison was with Shaw Cable in Winnipeg. It's not that long ago that the HD channel count there was close to 8. MTS has offered HD for only six months.
MTS has a solid SD service, from the reports I hear, and competes well with Shaw without giving the product away at fire sale prices. It even offers a modest On Demand service (including Movie Central On Demand) -- something Bell cannot ever do via satellite.
For one reason or another, Bell is likely to stay put for a while in terms of product offerings; MTS has a window to close to improve service, robustness and channel selection. In any case, the prime competitor is Shaw which can, like MTS, offer Internet and Home Phone to the same customer. That's another advantage Bell ExpressVu will not ever overcome with satellite.
One proof point is whether the customer base is growing. Bell added a mere 4,000 customers in Q1 2007 on a base of 1,820,000 TV customers nationally. It would not surprise me to see MTS surpass that number of new additional customers on its base of 66,400 customers -- and that's confined entirely to Winnipeg. Obviously folks living in MTS territory are responding that MTS TV is worth the money and worth choosing over alternatives.