MTS Allstream Launches Canada's First Whole-Home PVR Service

--Motorola Supplies du with IPTV Set-Tops Enabling Whole-Home PVR, Other Advanced Services

Manitoba Telecom Services-subsidiary, MTS Allstream, on Monday announced the launch of what it claims is Canada's first whole-home PVR service. According to the company, the service, which is offered on its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, MTS Ultimate TV (available in Portage, La Prairie, Brandon and Winnipeg) for CAN$5:00 a month, allows users to record up to three programs at the same time and play back programs from any connected TV in the home, as well as pause, replay and rewind live TV from their main set-top box. All existing PVR customers have been automatically upgraded to whole-home PVR, the company says. "Whole Home PVR is the best PVR service a customer can experience in Canada, unmatched by any Canadian competitor, and it's available right now for MTS Ultimate TV customers," Kelvin Shepherd, president of MTS Allstream's consumer markets division, said in a prepared statement. "The new Whole Home PVR is just one step further in our commitment to expand of our broadband service capabilities in Manitoba."

In related news: Motorola said Monday that its Home & Networks Mobility business has supplied United Arab Emirates-based telco, du, with its VIP1200E and VIP1216E set-top boxes for the latter's Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service. According to Motorola, the boxes support both HD and SD services, as well as "intuitive" channel search and display, advanced browsing, instant channel changes, whole-home DVR with client scheduling, and the ability to view home media (i.e. photos and music) on the TV.

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