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MTS price increase coming Feb 1/16

From the MTS support/service bulletin web page

Price Changes

We're increasing some of our prices because the costs to provide these services has gone up. These price increases will ensure we can continue to support, maintain, and evolve your services.
High Speed Internet

Effective February 1, 2016, the regular price of these Internet plans will increase by $2 a month.

High Speed Light
High Speed Light Plus
High Speed Light Reach
High Speed Light Reach Plus
High Speed Lightning
High Speed Lightning Plus
High Speed Lightning Reach
High Speed Lightning Reach Plus
High Speed Lightning 10
High Speed Lightning Max
High Speed Lightning Max Plus
High Speed Lightning Bolt
High Speed Lightning Super Max

Total Home Phone Package

Effective February 1, 2016, the regular price of the Total Home Phone Package will increase by $3.00 a month.
MTS Ultimate TV® Service

Effective February 1, 2016, prices will increase for these channel groups:
Channel Name New Price/Month
Sportsnet World $20.00
Channel Group New Price/Month
Adventure $4.00
Entertainment $4.00
Famille $4.00
Family $5.00
Life $4.00
PrimeTime1 $4.00

To change your TV channel packages online, visit: MyAccount.
TV Bill Simplification

Starting at the end of January, there will no longer be a $3.00 1st Set-Top Box Credit on your monthly TV bill. To offset the removal of this credit, we have decreased the price of your Basic TV Package from $45.00 a month to $42.00 a month, so you will continue to pay the same monthly amount for your TV service.

Customer Bill Illustration
Today After March 2016
Basic & Equipment $45.00 Basic & Equipment $42.00
1st Set-Top Box $3.00 1st Set-Top Box $3.00
1st Set-Top Box Cr -$3.00 Total $45.00
Total $45.00
 

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Never heard of all those internet packages, nor seen them on their site, what are the differences in them? Plus, Reach,what?
 

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Most of those are old internet packages that are no longer sold. Reach was sold in certain rural areas, I'm not sure if it is still sold.

Lightning 10 is the only current Winnipeg plan that is affected. There is no price increase for Lightning 25 or Lightning 50.
 

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I think the "Plus" plans included dial-up internet access (DSL "plus" dial-up).

It's good to know that 25 and 50 aren't affected; I was about to ask about those plans.
 

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Another price increase. All I know is that when pick and pay comes in March that my cable bill is going to decrease about 50 % once I get rid of the channels I'm forced to buy in a bundle but don't watch.
 

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MTS posted in their Community forums that they would be releasing details on their CRTC-mandated skinny basic package "sometime next week."

The content is mandated by the CRTC. The only questions are: will U.S. networks be included, how will they package the "extra" channels that will be removed from basic and will skinny basic be eligible for bundling with other services?
 

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MTS posted in their Community forums that they would be releasing details on their CRTC-mandated skinny basic package "sometime next week."
Its a good thing I asked... Or they would have stayed quiet. :)

I hope the price point is a couple dollars cheaper... So that with equipment rental it will be $25. I also wonder if total internet rebate for equipment would work with skinny basic.

- Shawguy (K from Canada)
 
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Spoke to MTS today, getting the information was like pulling teeth and the agent had to consult with supervisor.

Anyway, this is what I got about MTS's skinny basic:

- will include Canadian networks
- will include US networks
- will include HD
- will cost $25

Further details will be released by their "marketing department" closer to (or on) launch date.
 

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Starter Package (Skinny Basic)

MTS put the pricing of their "Starter" package on their web page:
$28/month (includes first wired set-top box rental worth $3/month.)
It includes the equivalent HD channels and the U.S. networks.

You can see all the channels here (can be sorted by package.)
https://www3.mts.ca/mts/personal/tv/winnipeg/channel+packages+and+pricing/all+channels

I noticed that they lumped all the "extra" channels from the original Basic into "Essentials," but there doesn't seem to by any way to order them aside from ordering the full Basic, which is $17 more than Starter.

The good news is that MTS has always had cheap "channel groups" - most are $3 - $4 and have about 5 channels. I noticed that they have taken down the link to the PDF of their channel brochure - they must still be working on the new one.

According to an MTS post in their Community Forum, the Starter package is not eligible for bundling. A user post says that if you have Total Internet the set top and PVR credits will still apply (not confirmed by MTS.)
 

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Thinking of switching from Shaw to MTS, and wondering if there are any MTS reps lurking to help.

Just need Internet, I know the standard 1/2 offer is a 3 month promo, but wanting a 6 or 12 month promo if possible. Lighting 25, maybe 50 is the price/terms are right.

Any feedback on best I could get for this?
 

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MTS finalized their Printable TV Channel Packages Brochure PDF on Friday, which sheds a little more light on their packaging. The following channels are grouped as "Essentials" and are only available if you "upgrade" from Starter to Basic:

CBC News Network
Game TV
GustoTV
MuchMusic
Stingray Music
TSN 1-5
Vision TV
YTV East & West

The following channels are grouped as "Extras" and are "included with your set-top box rental", which means everyone will get them, since everyone needs an STB. That's an interesting way to work around the CRTC restriction that extra channels can't be included in "skinny basic". ;)

288 Al Jazeera English
96 Apps on TV Demo Channel
27 Daystar Canada
190/1190 FNTSY Sports Network
179 Horseracing 1&2
40 MTS TV Free View Channel
29 MTS TV Weather
93 MyPicks
287 RT (Russia TV)
83 SOCIAL TV
7 The Shopping Channel
1016 The Weather Network App
92 Ultimate Picks
9 What's On MTS TV
menu choices Buddy TV, MyMenu and Twitter on TV
 

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Looks like an interesting way to stick people with channels they don't want. Other than CBC and TSN who wants anything else on that list?
 

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MTS Pick and Pay

MTS has released a new brochure "Current as of November 22, 2016."
https://www.mts.ca/file_source/mts/assets/pdfs/MTS-UTV-November2016.pdf

Here is the PDF of "Individual channel pricing" as required by the CRTC (pick and pay.)
https://www.mts.ca/file_source/mts/assets/pdfs/MTS_Individual_Channel_Pricing_2016.pdf

The individual channel pricing is also shown for each channel in a channel group by clicking on the plus sign.
https://www.mts.ca/residential/tv

Some companies like Bell Media have made their wholesale prices so high that it would cost $8 for one channel like Space or Bravo, when the group that they are in is only $4 and you get 5 channels for that price.

On the other hand, if you don't want the whole Entertainment group for $4, you can get just Showcase (Corus) for $1.99.
 

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Bell MTS announced "Price Adjustments" effective Sept. 2017. The last general increase was Feb. 2016.
In order to maintain our quality of service and technological leadership our customers have come to expect, Bell MTS must adjust the costs we charge to the customer.
https://www3.bellmts.ca/mts/support/service+bulletins/price+adjustments+for+residential+customers+2017

I have posted the new prices from the link plus the old price where it is available from the web site. I didn't include those communities in rural Manitoba that have Cable TV in this table. The price increase for internet is $3.95/month for those plans where the old price available so I expect that is also the case for the other plans that aren't currently listed.

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New residential rates - as of February 1, 2018

Fibe TV (formerly Ultimate TV)
Set-top boxes No change
Basic pack No change
PVR service + $2.00
Sports Fans channel group + $4.00
PrimeTime 1 channel group + $1.00
Temporary disconnect + $1.50

Cable TV (applies to certain rural communities)
Basic + $2.00

No change to internet plans or phone rates, but some addon prices have increased.

If you are currently enjoying a fixed promotional rate, it will remain in effect for the duration of the promotional period.
 

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Worth calling Retention?

Shaw cold called me and is offering 75/7.5 inet, home phone, basic+5 themes and bluesky for 2 tv's for $80/month for a year.
Granted it will cost another $20 for unlimited long distance and a couple extra channels but that's about >half what I'm paying MTS now for net, home phone, tv + dvrs($229).
 
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