MTS rate increase coming Feb 1/15

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Just thought that I would give the regulars on here a heads up if they have not received their latest  bill

From the Messages  Section of the bills:

Effective February 1, 2016, the regular price of your Internet plan will increase by $2.00 a month.

Effective February 1, 2016, the regular price of some channel groups for your Ultimate TV service will increase. Details at mts.ca/pricechanges.

Effective February 1, 2016, the Voice Package of your Total Home Phone Package will increase by $3.00 a month.

Can't blame MTS as their back end costs go up and they have to pass them along.

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  • resigned to it

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Rate increase doesn't apply to Lighting 25 and 50.
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it also doesn't appear to apply to total internet customers as well!
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Again?! Wow.... disappointing.
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The TV increase would seem to lineup with two mandated CRTC changes. The Wholesale Code (Jan 22) makes streaming versions available on the same terms to every provider. The downside to customers is those can now be mandatory for additionally fees to consumers.

The second change is the first phase of channel unbundling, also known as "basic" or "skinny" cable. This one comes into affect in March. To slim down the basic cable bill previous mandatory channels like TSN, Much and YTV will be optional. To offset lost revenue for these and many other channels it has been speculated the fees for channels would increase.

Welcome to 2016 where you have more choice on what channels you get but you will pay for it. The one I waiting for is when Movie Central jumps from $20 to $30 later in the year as it now includes CraveTV.
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Thanks CoryB and Gordon1111  fro clarification, that news was on the online bill

I found a complete list of increases on the MTS website this morning

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.

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Love that "so you will continue to pay the same monthly amount for your TV service" statement hidden at the end after a list of channel price increases.
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That statement refers to the Basic cost.  Somebody a few months ago (maybe gordon1111?) suggested that the credit be dropped and price lowered. 

Tennille said she was going to pass that idea on to marketing and I guess they liked it.  I guess MTS does listen to some of the ideas we come up with.
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That comment was for Basic TV service since it's not changing.  They are making the bill easier to read and removing the first STB credit.
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Looking at the tv channel group changes most of them are $0.50 a month except the Famille and Family which are up $1.00 a month.  The Sportsnet world channel is also up $1.00 a month
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The increase might not be that large but it comes at a time the CRTC is actively trying to lower costs to subscription TV (cable). It also merrits noting that industry analysts had predicted increase to customer fees in response to the CRTC initiatives. This would be in keeping with those predictions.

The other thing that has been mentioned on the TSN alingment post is that with all the mandated billing changes coming this spring it is unlikely there will be the usual channel moves and additions that occur in the spring. The next big change will likely be when Movie Central is rebranded to The Movie Network (TMN).
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Didn't we have The Movie Network brand around at one time?  It sounds familiar?
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To the best of my knowledge Manitoba has never had The Movie Network. Until about six years ago the CRTC ruled there would be a single premium (ie HBO style) license in Canada. One company would have Manitoba and west and another would have everything to the east. I can't recall who originally had the west license but they have been out of the picture for about 15 years now with the license transferring to Shaw and then their spin off Corus under the Movie Central name. In the east Astral was running The Movie Network. Bell acquired Astral, signed a joint deal with Corus to create HBO Canada spinning rights they mostly held already into a sub channel of their premium empires. Around that same time, about six years ago, a second premium channel lincese was granted to upstart Super Channel, a name that was previously used on Movie Central but had since gone dormit. Super Channel outbid the existing empire for Homeland. The empire responded and signed an output deal with Showtime for all future shows similar to their HBO deal but without the immediate subchannel. The Showtime rights, being newer, included online streaming. Then a similar streaming extension was inked for the HBO deal basically killing any hope of HBO Now and Showtime Anytime access in Canada. About a month ago Corus and Bell reached a deal in principle to transfer Movie Central to Bell uniting the long divided empire, CRTC approval pending, which then clears the way for CraveTV to be the sole premium source in Canada likely billing out around $25-30/month. The pending nature of the deal complicates CraveTV being available to all Canadians. A work around will likely be a free and lenghty "trial" period while the Movie Central deal is pending but without access to current HBO content.
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I had a C Band BUD (13 foot Big Ugly Dish ) for years so that's probably where I remember the TMN brand from.

I do remember the east / west split on the satellites now that you mention it.
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The east/west split still exists today. Bell is currently pushing a proposal through the CRTC to unify the split. It could be interesting as Bell has vocally opposed the CRTC on a number of fronts recently but the unification of the split stands to benefit Canadians.
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This past week I disconnected my MTS Home Phone. One reason is the total home phone going up by $3.00. Also I come to realize I don't use it enough to justify the cost. My parents also agreed with me they both share a cell phone and they told me just to get rid of it as well. When I called MTS the rep had no problem disconnecting the home phone and said its becoming more common now a days. So far it's going well for me and my family not having a home phone. We will have to see down the road if we will continue not to have a landline but I am thinking it's better this way as I'm not at home much and my parents are usually together when they are out or one will leave the cell at home.
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The total home phone increase is pretty much the final straw for me and I plan on dropping MTS Home Phone. I can get pretty much the same thing with Rogers or Fido for $10 per month and the only thing I'm not getting is US long distance and name showing up on caller ID. The little increases here and there along with reducing my bundling credit a little over a year ago has been more than irritating. I already ported my cell phone over to Rogers because of better phones and better roaming and my wife's phone is next because of her minimal use of her cell. If MTS is going to raise their rates, I'm going to be using less of their services and saving money, even with the loss of bundling discounts.
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Not a surprise, customers leaving like flies if there are options..such terrible internet service! Perhaps they should consider better speeds and service for rural subscribers...I left MTS internet - now I have a reliable provider for not much difference in rates! Way to go MTS, punish people for your lack of service!
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For me I am reslly satisfied with the MTS services just having no landline better fits my lifestyle as I'm rarely home. Also my parents were considering dropping there cell phone before but I convinced them to drop the home phone instead. I think some people need landlines like big families and even families with kids but once everyone has a cell phone it seems redundant to have a house phone.
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MTS have to make money to survive in a very competitive market.   However, wages, pensions and other revenues only go so far and as a norm, never really keep up with inflation, increase service cost, etc..   Have been with MTS (phones, cell, wireless, internet, etc) for years already and I don’t mind their services. Now will probably have to review to see if I need to cut back on some programs/services.  


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