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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 2015-06-24, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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I am moving to Winnipeg and with the apartment that I am going to, it seems that MTS is my only choice for TV and home internet. I do not think I will need land line as my cell, our cells are sufficient.

How is the MTS service in general? My first impression reading MTS site is not encouraging. Maybe it is not very fair on my side, but I can not help comparing MTS with what I have in Montreal with Bell Fibe. First, the choice of channels is not that big and they are bundled in big chunks that include the ones I do not need or there are duplications among the bundles. Second, the price is relatively expensive. And lastly, I almost cry to read that MTS PVR can only record 3 channels and 30 hours of HD. Bell Fibe PVR records 4 and it has 320 hours of HD. Even if I pay extra $50 for upgrade, that only brings the capacity to 90 hours.
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Overall, I've been very happy with the MTS service. The TV hardware is identical to Bell Fibe, so the difference in PVR storage capacities may be because Bell compress the signal more. The upgraded MTS PVR is the 500 GB VIP 2262 and holds about 333 hours SD or 129 hours HD - see this screen shot.

http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/193-...ml#post1391422

Do you actually get 320 hours of HD on your Bell Fibe PVR?

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Really? I will really be happy if that is the case.

This is Bell:

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Unique features that make watching TV better.
Tuned in late? No problem. Restart a show already in progress from the beginning, only with Bell.
Move your TV where you want, when you want with Wireless TV.
The only PVR that lets you pause and rewind live programming, on up to 6 TVs.
Record 4 shows at the same time and store the most recordings – up to 320 hours in HD.
Watch your shows and control your TV from your tablet and smartphone.
This is MTS:

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How many hours can I record on my PVR?
You will be able to record up to 30 hours of HD programming or up to 80 hours of standard definition (SD) programming.
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what you have posted is from the base PVR . What Dr. Dave posted is from the Optional 500GB drive which if I recall correctly is a $50 one time upgrade fee.
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And that is the crux of my problem. Bell gives 320 hours as basic PVR (Bell does not have upgrade version) and MTS gives 30 hours basic and 129 hours with extra $50. Meaning that MTS offers less for more.

I can not check with the system if I truly have 320 hours with Bell. However, checking on my remote PVR I see that I have 330 something shows on record. As I, we do not watch anything in SD anymore and what we record is good mix of 30 minutes, 1 hour shows and sporting events, I can comfortably say that 320 hours HD is about right.
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First, the choice of channels is not that big and they are bundled in big chunks that include the ones I do not need or there are duplications among the bundles.
While I find the choice to be sufficient, I have to agree with you that the bundles do seem to be getting bigger and less "pick and pay" than they were. I find their current statements on their website to be misleading. "MTS Ultimate TV is Manitoba’s most customizable TV service. With smaller, more flexible channel groups to choose from, and nearly 100 individual choice channels - you can build a package of channels that’s as unique as you are."

As far as I can tell, the packages are not getting smaller or more flexible....
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And that is the crux of my problem. Bell gives 320 hours as basic PVR (Bell does not have upgrade version) and MTS gives 30 hours basic and 129 hours with extra $50. Meaning that MTS offers less for more.

I can not check with the system if I truly have 320 hours with Bell. However, checking on my remote PVR I see that I have 330 something shows on record. As I, we do not watch anything in SD anymore and what we record is good mix of 30 minutes, 1 hour shows and sporting events, I can comfortably say that 320 hours HD is about right.
I think one thing to remember is that they are two very different sized companies, so maybe that plays a role in the equipment used?

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A bit out of topic but that is why a little competition is good for consumers.

Years before, before Bell Fibe, Videotron had the monopoly of TV services for apartment / condo buildings in Montreal. It was the similar story as MTS that multi-family buildings did not typically allow installation of satellite dish. Videotron offered limited HD channels and limited English choices and inferior technology. The only positive was Videotron offered true a la carte (pick and pay) that did not have to be bundled.

Came Bell Fibe with all the many channels, English and in HD, whole home PVR, all without dish. Fibe was able to penetrate multi-dwelling market monopoly as it packaged itself as IPTV, not cable. However, since Videotron already established the a la carte option, Bell Fibe followed suit.

So now consumers in Montreal I think are the ones getting the best deal in the country. They get the wealth of options Bell offers and they also get the pure pick and pay option as something that has been done for a quite long time. All of that, also at a rather competitive price.
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