Shaw Direct adds Internet VOD to its offerings

Shaw Direct, Canada’s second largest direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television provider, today announced an Internet video on demand (VOD) service for its satellite television subscribers.

In addition to access to tv shows and pay per movies, Shaw Direct customers will also have access to 40 online commercial-free music channels from Galaxie, the Montreal based music service formerly owned by the CBC and now owned by Stingray Digital.

The online video demand service is essentially identical to what Shaw rolled out to its cable customers last summer. In order to use the service, Shaw Direct customers will need a computer with high speed internet connectivity and a web browser with flash capabilities. Unfortunately, Apple iPhone and iPad users will be prevented from watching videos on their smartphone or tablet.

Like internet on-demand services from Shaw Bell, Rogers and Videotron, users must first log onto the Shaw Direct VOD site using their Shaw Direct online account. Once logged on users can order new release movies in standard definition for $5.99.

In addition to pay per view movies, users will also have the ability to access television shows from Shaw owned stations such as HGTV, Food Network and History Channel. Subscribers to Movie Central will also have the ability to watch shows from Movie Central at no additional charge. Shaw says Movie Network (TMN) subscribers will have similar capabilities in the near future.

Unfortunately for high definition (HD) television lovers, all programming will be in standard definition with streaming bitrates of between 500 kbps to 3.7 Mbps.

Discuss Shaw Direct’s new Internet VOD service in Digital Home’s Shaw Direct forum.

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