MTS Allstream Launches Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service in Brandon, Manitoba

Manitoba Telecom Services-subsidiary, MTS Allstream, says it has launched its IPTV service, MTS Ultimate TV, in Brandon, Manitoba. The HDTV-enabled service, which is powered by technology from Alcatel-Lucent and by the Microsoft Mediaroom middleware and applications platform, offers a range of advanced services, including Whole Home PVR (MTS Allstream claims that it the first service to offer such a feature in Canada) with the ability to record and watch up to three programs at once on up to three connected TV's, VOD, over 250 digital TV and music channels (of which 30 are in HD), high-speed Internet, and an advanced EPG with picture-in-picture display. "The launch of the MTS Ultimate TV Service in Brandon is an extension of our ongoing investment and commitment to bring our most advanced services to customers," Kelvin Shepherd, MTS Allstream's president of consumer markets, said in a prepared statement. "It's the first service in Canada to provide a PVR that records up to three TV programs at once while giving customers a high-quality and feature-rich digital TV experience. Not only do customers get an innovative product through our strategic agreements with industry leaders Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft, but customers will also receive our fastest Internet speeds available."

According to MTS Allstream, MTS Ultimate TV is now available in most areas of Portage, La Prairie and Brandon, and to a "growing number" of customers in Winnipeg.

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