MTS Allstream first with Microsoft Mediaroom in Canada

Monday, January 19th, 2009 
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Portage la Prairie Fast Forwards to Next Generation MTS HDTV and PVR Advancements; MTS Allstream first company in Canada to commercially deploy award-winning Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MB — Today, MTS Allstream Inc. (Toronto: MBT) launches an exciting new digital television service that will fast forward residents in Portage la Prairie to the next generation of high definition television (“HDTV”), personal video recorder (“PVR”), improved guide features and many other exciting advancements. MTS Allstream is the first company in Canada to launch service with combined technology from Alcatel-Lucent Canada Inc. (“Alcatel-Lucent”) and the award-winning Microsoft Mediaroom Internet Protocol Television (“IPTV”).

“This is another example of how we are partnering with other technology leaders to enhance our overall broadband offering,” said Kelvin Shepherd, President Consumer Markets, MTS Allstream. “As the first to deploy Mediaroom IPTV technology in Canada, we are excited to bring industry leading innovation in TV service to our customers, reinforcing the success of our bundling strategy and the competitive strength of our business.”

Customers taking advantage of the new MTS HDTV can expect the same high standard of service they’ve come to expect with the added benefit of exciting new capabilities today and more to come in the future. Along with an extensive lineup of over 250 digital TV and music channels and features like Video On Demand, new services include 30 HDTV channels, with more channels to come in 2009; PVR to control how and when programming is enjoyed; and an enhanced Internet service and interactive program guide with built-in picture-in-picture.

Portage la Prairie residents now have the opportunity to maximize their bundle discount by signing up for all of their communications needs with MTS – phone, wireless, Internet, and now MTS HDTV.