Yeah, the time shifting thing is dumb. Cost 3 dollars extra/month. I recently switched from Star Choice and all the time shifting channels were included with the Eastern HD channels. (I was told that Bell includes them free as well.) Talked to a MTS tech on the phone last night, and he encouraged me to complain, and that they'd likely give these channels to me for free. Not sure about that, but it's worth a shot.
I also noticed last night that NCIS on the Western ABC HD feed had a Global TV logo on the bottom right of the screen. And the picture quality was crap. Yay.