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Not sure if this is new but i just seen this on Sasktel.com ....

http://www.sasktel.com/EndecaUI/controller/_/Tab-4294966321/Ntt-newmax

Gives info about the "New Max".


The upgrade process for Max customers is automatic and will start in September 2010 and be completed in March 2011.

Before you get your upgrade you'll receive a letter with timelines.
Two weeks prior to the upgrade, you'll receive a package containing:

* a new Max remote control(s),
* a Max User Guide and
* a checklist of what you need to know and do before your upgrade.

The night of your upgrade, you'll see notifications on your TV screen. The upgrade will then happen automatically, overnight.
# Set DTVR recordings from any computer with an internet connection at sasktel.com/maxdtvr.
# Get multi-room DTVR! Record a show in one room and watch it in another.
 

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New max announced

http://www.sasktel.com/EndecaUI/controller/_/Tab-4294966321/Ntt-newmax

Highlights

Slick new Interactive Program Guide

•displays six channels at a time
•shows 14 days of programming
•has picture in picture channel browsing and an
•intuitive new keyword search.

Enhanced Parental Controls

•Hide channels you'd rather not see displayed on the guide.
•Lock out program names and descriptions of adult content.
•Make blocked channels accessible only with a PIN.

Improved DTVR

•Easy to record. Press "RECORD" to record the show. Press again to record the series and press again if you want to cancel and start again.
•You can record the whole of a program you start to watch part way through. Simply hit record and you get the whole show.
•Set DTVR recordings from any computer with an internet connection at sasktel.com/maxdtvr.
•Get multi-room DTVR! Record a show in one room and watch it in another.

Features

MORE OF OUR FAVOURITE THINGS ABOUT THE NEW MAX:

•Faster channel changes - rejoice channel surfers.
•14-day Interactive Program Guide at your fingertips.
•True picture-in-picture browsing with the guide and mini guide.
•Conveniently access your local weather, flight information, movie theatre listings and more while never leaving the show you’re watching.
•Record your shows from anywhere! Set your DTVR to record from any internet connection.*
•You only need one Max DTVR. Record and play back shows from any TV in your home networked to the same gateway as the DTVR set-top box.
•New Max Games with enhanced graphics.
•Smart keyword program/actor search to help you find your favourite shows.
*coming soon

Upgrade schedule

The upgrade process for Max customers is automatic and will start in September 2010 and be completed in March 2011.
Before you get your upgrade you'll receive a letter with timelines.
Two weeks prior to the upgrade, you'll receive a package containing:

•a new Max remote control(s),
•a Max User Guide and
•a checklist of what you need to know and do before your upgrade.

The night of your upgrade, you'll see notifications on your TV screen. The upgrade will then happen automatically, overnight.
 

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I moved the above posts to start a new thread now that the "New Max" has been officially announced.

Microsoft Mediaroom middleware is also used by MTS TV, Telus Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV and AT&T U-verse TV in the U.S.
 

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If I have to wait until March 2011 I'll be long gone. Why 6 freakin' months to roll it out?

Can I phone and make sure I get the upgrade earlier?

I also find it odd that someone named "accessdigital" started this thread.
 

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do we know if there is going to be an improvement to SD picture quality? I just left Sasktel and I must say... that was my biggest beef. OTA was better quality :S
 

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yup, SD picture looks amazing compared to what was on it before


that being said

I've gone HD and I can't really watch SD anymore

but yes, huge improvement
 

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Does this latest upgrade provide more streams?

With the new ability to watch PVR content from any set top box in the house I'm really thinking about jumping from Shaw to Sasktel. What has held us back in the past was the lack of streams.

We'd like one HD PVR, as well as 2 other HD boxes in the house. Plus a 10Mbit+ internet connection. Anyone know if this is possible with the upgrade? A neighbour told me about fiber roll outs as well, but didn't really have any details.

Thanks.
 

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3 HD streams are for sure possible, but it seems to me that 4 is a case by case thing

it's been a while since I've checked tho

i know 25mb service is available as well, but whether or not you can grab that in conjunction with a bunch of HD streams, you'd probably have to phone and ask
 

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I want to upgrade my internet to the Extreme package of high speed and keep max. The problem I have at the moment, is that I would have to have the internet and max on separate modems, and have to pay them separately, at full price. NO BUNDLE. I have one PVR and 1 non-pvr set-top box, none of them on HD at the moment

Now that 3 HD streams are possible, and that 4 are on case-by-case basis, is it possible to get Extreme high speed internet with max in a bundle soon or sometime in 2011?
 

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hrm, pay seperately? 1st i've heard of that

I've personally had 2 seperate modems installed, billed as 1 service (just to accomodate bandwidth)
 

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I want to upgrade my internet to the Extreme package of high speed and keep max. The problem I have at the moment, is that I would have to have the internet and max on separate modems, and have to pay them separately, at full price. NO BUNDLE. I have one PVR and 1 non-pvr set-top box, none of them on HD at the moment

Now that 3 HD streams are possible, and that 4 are on case-by-case basis, is it possible to get Extreme high speed internet with max in a bundle soon or sometime in 2011?
I'm pretty sure you are mistaken or you were mislead.

I've got 3 TV streams (2 HD) and hi-speed plus Internet service. They came and installed a second modem when I added my 2nd HD stream. The install was free and I did not have to pay seperately for it. Since SaskTel's STB's are all HD capable it didn't cost one extra penny.
 

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Magic 103.5 (the local Golden West Radio station in Weyburn) said in a news update that Weyburn would be getting the update "within the month"

Right now, I can't wait. The stuff right now is quite a downgrade in a way when you're so used to i-Guide (we moved from Ontario a few months ago), but I actually kinda liked how it highlights unsubscribed channels and lets you do the "all/subscribed/HD/favorites" sorting. Sure the design was a little ugly (dryer lint purple? Internet Explorer menus?), but it at least worked, for basic use.

I betcha Mediaroom is going to blow our minds.

p.s. Oh, and this season we're getting NFL Red Zone too. Oh joy, for Sunday Ticket users.
 

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Just got off the phone with Sasktel trying to sign me up and they said the upgrade rolls out in Saskatoon on the Sept 20.
Thanks for the tip. I had gone to their contact us section to ask when my neighbourhood is getting upgraded yesterday and they sent me a canned response back today, very similar to the first quote in the first post.
 

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It's been a couple of days since I last posted, and I found out some information.

That date, September 20th? It's the day BRAND NEW CUSTOMERS get transitioned to new max, not the switch day for Saskatoon for current customers like me. I asked tech support since I last posted.

Sorry for any inconvenience I may've caused.
 

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It's been a couple of days since I last posted, and I found out some information.

That date, September 20th? It's the day BRAND NEW CUSTOMERS get transitioned to new max, not the switch day for Saskatoon for current customers like me. I asked tech support since I last posted.

Sorry for any inconvenience I may've caused.
Long sufferers like us apparently don't matter. What a surprise.
 
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