Sky Angel IPTV is no longer available in Canada. It is almost impossible to find this out by searching the internet. I had a paid up subscription when in mid October the set top box could no longer get the TV channels (only radio) then eventually it said the box was not authorized. Phone calls and emails were not returned. They eventually followed through when I asked to stop the monthly autodebits but without any explanation or refund for half a month of no service. This left me with a useless $120 set top box. After lots of searching I figured out what was going on and left an inquiry on the American website www.skyangel.com
. The Canadian website became unavailable and on the American website they had removed all references to Sky Angel in Canada. Also, I found out from the newsgroup that Sky Angel has already transfered their ownership of Echostar transponders back to Dish Network. In a few months, Sky Angel will no longer be available by satellite anywhere. So, it is past the point of no return to get IPTV working for the USA. Following is the response I received on 03Dec2007:
"Thank you for contacting Sky Angel. Sky Angel had granted a Canadian company, ShifTV, the right to carry our service over their IPTV system in Canada. That company is now operating under a new name and new management and their business plan, which includes adult entertainment, is no longer compatible with ours. The parties have decided to terminate our technical agreement. We are currently seeking additional ways to provide Sky Angel programming again in Canada. Please feel free to check back to our Web site at www.skyangel.com
for any further developments
If you are a ShifTV subscriber to Sky Angel programming and have any questions about your service, you will need to contact them directly at 1-866-640-7938."
I found that ShifTV and BroadShift are two companies both owned by Morey Chaplick of Canada. ShifTV operated OverSeaTV and BroadShift has purchased a Nevada porn company called ITVN (XBIZ). It appears that BroadShift was the new name being used for international programming (OverSeaTV), Christian programming (SkyAngel IPTV), and pornography (ITVN). Since the last two are content-wise incompatible, SkyAngel IPTV has ceased to be a service provided by either of ShifTV or BroadShift.