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MTS TV has deal to offer TSN Jets channel to subscribers

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MTS announced Sunday Winnipeg Jets games will be available to its TV customers, with the new TSN Jets channel providing coverage of Winnipeg Jets 2011-12 home and away games.

A free preview will be available to MTS TV customers until Oct. 31, MTS said in a press release.

Starting Oct. 3, MTS TV customers will be able to sign up for the telecasts that continue after the free preview ends. The telecasts will be available for the rest of the season for $9.95 per month, MTS said. Between Oct. 3 and Oct. 31, customers who commit to purchase the entire season of games will have a shot at seeing a Jets game from MTS's private suite, the release said.

TSN Jets will be available in standard definition on Channel 168 and in high-def on Channel 480.

Winnipeg Jets games not carried on TSN Jets will be broadcast nationally on either TSN or CBC, both of which are part of the MTS TV basic TV package.

On Friday, Shaw announced TSN Jets will be available to Shaw customers for free until Dec. 1 in both standard and high-def. The subscription will then be available for the remainder of the season at $9.95 per month, which works out to less than $1 per game.

Only Winnipeg fans (of the seven Canadian NHL markets) are being asked to pay extra for their hockey games that are on regional networks.

TSN Jets is a regional channel that broadcasts all team games that aren't carried on the main TSN network or CBC.

TSN Jets will broadcast more than 60 pre-season and regular-season games across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and parts of northwestern Ontario.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 19, 2011 B1

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