Winnipeg On Demand now showing on MTS TV



    Celebrating people, places and events in the community

    Stock Symbol: MBT

    WINNIPEG, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. ("MTS Allstream") has
introduced new programming on MTS TV called Winnipeg On Demand, a free
interactive destination celebrating the local community. MTS TV on Demand
provides all MTS TV customers with instant access to Winnipeg On Demand, where
viewers can watch stories about people, events and activities within the
community.
    "Winnipeg On Demand showcases stories that inspire viewers with the
history, culture and issues affecting life in this city," said Stan Kurtas,
Vice-President Marketing, Consumer Markets division. "This programming will
encourage MTS TV viewers to learn more about their community, engage them with
important civic and social issues, and build awareness of the people and
places that make Winnipeg unique."
    Now featured on Winnipeg On Demand are gardens of local homes and
commercial properties nominated in the Winnipeg in Bloom contest. MTS TV
viewers can view more than 600 nominations, perhaps recognizing a home in
their own neighbourhood. A local production company is producing the Winnipeg
in Bloom series, with two award-winning videographers who are graduates of
Tec-Voc High School's Broadcast Program.
    Viewers should make a point of enjoying this free locally-focused,
locally-produced video on demand service. Winnipeg On Demand content will
refresh on an ongoing basis while building a library of programming that
builds pride and understanding about Winnipeg's people and places. Current
content includes Sierra's Song, a biography of Sierra Noble, a Métis fiddler,
and Legacy in Stone, a documentary on the building of the Manitoba
Legislature.
    Winnipeg On Demand is accessible through Free Stuff on MTS TV On Demand
and has the same functionality of play, pause, stop, rewind and fast-forward
as Video on Demand movies.
    As a destination for existing and new local programming ideas, Winnipeg
On Demand is inviting local producers, who are professionals, hobbyists or
students from educational institutions, to submit their work for
consideration. For more information, contact Tim Smith, Executive Producer for
Winnipeg On Demand at PO Box 6666, RM G800T, 191 Pioneer Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
R3C 3V6, or by e-mail at winnipegondemand@mtsallstream.com.
    For more information on MTS TV or to order, visit mts.ca/mtstv or call
941-4545.

    About MTS Allstream

    MTS Allstream Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom
Services Inc., and is one of Canada's leading national communication solutions
providers, delivering innovative products and services through the Enterprise
Solutions and Consumer Markets divisions. The Enterprise Solutions division,
which operates under the Allstream brand nationally and under the MTS brand in
Manitoba, is a leading competitor in the national business and wholesale
markets. This division offers customers a portfolio of solutions tailored to
the needs of medium and large businesses looking for success in a world of
rapidly evolving technology - Internet protocol-based communications, unified
communications, voice and data connectivity services. The Consumer Markets
division leads every telecommunications market segment in Manitoba, delivering
a full suite of next generation wireless, high-speed Internet and data,
digital television and wireline voice services under the MTS brand, as well as
security and alarm monitoring services through AAA Alarm Systems Ltd., an
affiliate of MTS Allstream which also operates in other western provinces. MTS
Allstream's extensive national broadband fibre optic network spans more than
24,300 kilometres, and provides international connections through strategic
alliances and interconnection agreements with other international service
providers. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on The
Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). For more information, please
visit: www.mtsallstream.com.





For further information:

For further information: Greg Burch, Manager, Corporate Communications,
(204) 941-8576, media.relations@mtsallstream.com

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