funny, I have 4 TV's and a full family, and we have no problem with MTStv. Seems to me that MTS has more that a niche market. I can say exactly the same thing about Bell. It sucked for me, since I could only watch 2 shows at once unless I got anothe LNB, I had to buy a box for each tv, the quality sucked big time, the custoemr service sucked big time, no VoD sucked big time..... on and on, seems to me that Bell is a niche player and in my opinion you are correct Bell is not in the same league as MTS, since Bell sucks big time.
wow that was as productive a troll as your comments dm_4u.
I'm just pointing out my two cents worth here...and I'll address your concerns...
First off I doubt you ever had Bell-TV...as you do not need a second LNB to watch more than two shows at once...you simply need another receiver...and the same is true for MTS...only you have to rent them...with Bell-TV you have a choice...rent or buy...
You are correct there is no VOD with Bell-TV...however it is only available in Standard Definition on MTS...and I only watch High Definition...so this feature means nothing to me...(it may mean a lot to others...just remember it does take away one stream and correct me if I'm wrong but I believe there is a cost associated with it)...also with the ability to record 4 HD shows at once...I always have something to watch.
You may have 4 TV's and say MTS is fine...however I don't see how that is possible unless people are watching the same programs at the same time...in different rooms...with no recording possible at that time (due to all 3 streams being used) but hey if it works for you that's great.
I have two dual tuner HD-PVR's, one other HD receiver and one SD receiver for four TV's...three of which are HDTV's.
Everyone can watch whatever channel they want...and two people can record another HD channel while they watch live HD programming...as we are not restricted to 3 streams.
The ability to watch pre-recorded HD programming while recording 4 HD shows at once is also an option with this setup.
And as far as customer service goes, it has been my experience that each and every Communication Company has their own set of faults...and none have proven to be a cut above the rest...they all promise the world and once they have you signed up...could care less about you...much the same treatment as the before and after of car buying.
As for the quality of the picture and sound...I can't speak to that as I have never seen MTS-HD...and all I watch is HD and to me Bell would be hard to beat...as I get no macroblocking whatsoever.
Trust me...I would have liked to buy local if I could have...I even voiced my concerns to MTS directly when they were in their HD infancy...however it's impossible for MTS to supply what I require to even come close to my setup...therefore I mention the downside to make others aware...but I do reiterate...they have a niche.