Shaw Communications, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, is a Canadian telecommunications company that provides cable television, digital telephony, and Internet services mostly in British Columbia and Alberta, with smaller systems in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and Hamilton, Ontario.
The company also offers direct-to-home satellite television service across Canada under the Shaw Direct banner, formerly known as Star Choice.
Shaw was founded as Capital Cable Television Co. Ltd. in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1966. The company changed its name to Shaw Cablesystems Ltd. and went public on the TSX in 1983. The company grew during the 1980s and 1990s through acquisitions of firms including Classicomm in the Toronto area, Access Communications in Nova Scotia, Fundy Cable in New Brunswick, Trillium Cable in Ontario, Telecable in Saskatchewan, and Videon Cablesystems of Winnipeg, which had itself previously acquired Vidéotron’s assets in Alberta. In 1994 and 2001, the company swapped cable territories with Rogers Cable which resulted in the bulk of Shaw Cable assets being restricted to western Canada and Northern Ontario. That changed in 2009 when Shaw announced that they would acquire Mountain Cablevision. in Hamilton, Ontario.
At the end of 2010, Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct combined were the largest distributor of television services in Canada with over 3.2 million subscribers. The company was Canada’s second largest Internet Service provider with 1.8 million subscribers. In addition, the company had over one million digital telephone subscribers. Shaw is expected to also launch wireless phone service in parts of Western Canada in the fourth quarter of 2011.
In addition to being one of Canada’s largest Digital Home service providers, Shaw is also one of Canada’s largest broadcasters thanks to a majority interest in Corus Entertainment and complete ownership of the Global Television Network.
Under Corus, Shaw controls 48 radio stations across Canada as well as the following television broadcasting assets: YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), Teletoon, Teletoon Retro, W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, W Movies, CMT (Canada), Sundance Channel (Canada) DUSK, Telelatino, Western Canada’s pay TV service Movie Central, HBO Canada in the West and three local over-the-air television stations.
In August of 2010, under terms of a $2 billion deal, Shaw became the sole owner of CanWest Global’s broadcasting assets which include: the Global Television Network and eighteen specialty cable channels including, HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase, History and TVTropolis.
Shaw is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta.
Digital Home offers numerous forums where various Shaw services and broadcasting endeavours are discussed including:
- Canadian Television Industry / Channels and Providers – General discussion of the television industry in Canada
- Shaw Digital Cable
- Shaw Digital Cable High Definition and HD PVR Equipment
- Shaw Direct (formerly Star Choice) – discuss product and offerings from Canada’s second largest DTH satellite broadcaster.
- What’s On Specialty and Movie Channels – discuss programming on Shaw Specialty channels.