MTS deal is it really a choice???
So I was at the Kitchen & Bathroom show in Winnipeg this weekend and both Shaw & MTS had their display booths and selling their respective services. Im already with Shaw for all of my services but the MTS rep wanted to know if Id be interested in switching services. So he gave me their breakdown and asked if I was interested as the deal he was offering was only valid for this weekend.
On looking at their Ultimate TV service I noted that you can receive or subscribe to 47 HD channels. These choices are displayed in their HD theme groups.
My deal basically was I could choose 9 Digital Theme Groups at a set price for 1 year plus the whole home PVR service. Ive had HD with Shaw for some time but noted that MTS were offering more subscription HD channels (not PPV) than Shaw currently are.
The rep said I could sign up now but if I changed my mind to contact him. So I went home and sat down and looked over the MTS packages rather than doing this at the show.
Like most people I suspect that we enjoy viewing our HD programming but do realize that all of the programming carried on HD channels is not HD material but SD material.
So on looking at the HD themes there is the note stating that you must have a HD ready TV to get a HD quality picture and that you must have the digital equivalent of HD channels to receive them in HD with the exception of HD Hi Fi and HD timeshift.
So really do I get to choose my 9 theme groups ?
Yes if I don’t have a HD ready TV.
No if I have a HD ready TV and want to watch HD programming.
I know all the other platforms do this Shaw, Bell etc but who else finds this annoying? Maybe this question has been answered but why do I need the digital equivalent channel? Is it as something as simple as that the HD signal cannot be broadcast on its own on that particular channel?????
The HD channel shows the same programmes as the digital channel regardless of the content i.e HD or SD so why would I even watch the digital channel equivalent????
Also annoying is that MTS considers Primetime and Sports Fans in the Digital Theme Groups as 2 themes each which just also have HD channels contained within them or that you cannot get 4, 5, 7, 8, or 10 theme groups you have to buy in packages of 2 after Basic + 11.
Now I know why so many viewers want an a la carte choice if the CRTC would ever agree to such an idea where the viewer actually has a choice of choosing their viewing habits rather than the distributors placing programmes in certain packages that forces you to buy more if you want the HD channel.