100,000 customers tuning in to MTS TV
Major milestone for Manitoba's award-winning TV service
WINNIPEG, MB, April 9, 2012 - MTS today announced it has reached a major milestone of 100,000 subscribers tuning in to its award-winning MTS TV service*. MTS launched its industry-leading digital television service (MTS Classic TV) in 2003 and its IPTV television service (MTS Ultimate TV) in 2009. The exceptional quality and variety of choice of MTS's TV offerings have propelled this growth in just nine years.
"Our customers tell us they value the flexibility of MTS TV's channel theme groups, the high quality 100 per cent digital picture and sound, and the innovative features that make our service unique," said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd. "Customers also like the ability to save by bundling their MTS TV service together with their MTS high-speed Internet, wireless and home phone services. MTS has been an industry leader in deploying IPTV and we are excited about continuing to innovate and enhance the service going forward."
MTS was the first provider in Canada to launch the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform in 2009, including the whole-home personal video recorder service that can record and play back TV programs on any connected TV in the home. The same year, MTS TV was honoured by Frost and Sullivan, a US-based market research and analysis firm, with the prestigious North American Leadership Award for Television Services.
MTS enhanced its television services again in 2010 with an expanded line-up of standard and high definition (HD) channels, and now offers customers more than 100 HD channels. MTS also began offering Ultimate Picks and My Picks in 2010, two services that provide customers with a unique experience by allowing them to view multiple channels simultaneously. Other new features included a lobby camera service that provides a front door view in multi-unit dwellings, and the Galaxie Interactive music application.
MTS Ultimate TV is currently available to 95 per cent of Winnipeg households as well as in Brandon, Portage La Prairie, Selkirk, Dauphin and a growing number of homes in Steinbach, Thompson and The Pas. MTS plans to invest up to $125 million over five years to bring its fibre-to-the-home network to more than 20 communities in Manitoba and to further expand the availability of MTS Ultimate TV service and very high-speed Internet services.
"As we continue to build our fibre-to-the-home network across the province, we will be bringing our IPTV service to even more Manitobans. So, while we are very excited about reaching this 100,000 customer milestone, we know that it's just the start," added Mr. Shepherd.
*MTS TV customers may subscribe to Ultimate TV, Classic TV or MTS Cable