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Old 2009-06-24, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default Shaw dropping channels- BBCK, CourtTV & Discovery Kids

Hey I got a message from Shaw today that they are dropping Discovery Kids, BBC Kids, and Court TV. Now I don't subscribe to all of them but my kids really like Discovery Kids due to Grossology type of shows. Has this happened to all Shaw customers or only those in the Edmonton area? Has Shaw dropped channels before?

I am pretty disappointed...the channel offerings are pretty meek in my opinion as is, especially for children let alone dropping the limited offerings.

They ask to go to the website to add "other great programming" which I won't be doing...just disappointed.
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Old 2009-06-24, 06:03 PM   #2
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ouch, I just switched to CourtTV Canada too.

The only channel that I know of that was dropped was CBC Ottawa on their Canadian Timeshift programming
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Old 2009-06-24, 08:11 PM   #3
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THe channels are being dropped everywhere not just Edmonton
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Old 2009-06-25, 01:17 PM   #4
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Arent those channels category 1, which are must carry? Edit - nope they are cat 2. Glad im not with them!
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Old 2009-06-25, 01:40 PM   #5
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Anybody got a link that explains or can post the details from the letter or email?
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Old 2009-06-25, 01:43 PM   #6
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Winnipeg office didn't know anything about this....where did you see this? Was it a message on the DCT? Message on your bill? Your E-mail. If it was e-mail or online can you post a pic of it?

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It was a message on my phone...voicemail. They said to go to www.shaw.ca/packageupdate for more information. But this link basically replaces the channels lost with some other programming. My daughter doesn't want other programming.
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Well if I was you I would complain to Shaw or better to CTV since they own Discovery Kids. I cant believe Shaw is so freakin stupid! I aint ever going back to them.
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shaw said there is no demand for these stations.
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Old 2009-06-25, 11:47 PM   #10
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Well if I was you I would complain to Shaw or better to CTV since they own Discovery Kids. I cant believe Shaw is so freakin stupid! I aint ever going back to them.
Actually Corus Entertainment owns Discovery Kids not CTV.

This makes Shaw dropping the channel quite curious since Corus and Shaw were/are sort of related to one another.

CTV owns Court TV and Canwest owns BBC Kids so there isn't really a bias towards any one company in these channel removals.

Must be a business decision based on actual subscriber numbers.
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Old 2009-06-26, 07:37 AM   #11
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Must be a business decision based on actual subscriber numbers.
I'm certain it must be. I think people forget that every time a category 2 station is added, their is a monthly cost that must be paid.

If subscription revenues are significantly less than costs then why keep a channel?
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Old 2009-06-26, 07:50 AM   #12
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I have a feeling that Discovery Kids will probably shut down sometime in late 2009 or early 2010. The US counterpart will be rebranding the station as part of a partnership with Hasbro.

I've also heard that Canwest may be looking to discontinue BBC Kids. They already got rid of the BBC-K block of programming that ran daily in the evening, early last year.

My assumption is Shaw wanted to get rid of BBC Kids and CourtTV Canada but also decided to get rid of Discovery Kids (A channel they own) so that they don't have the same PR issues they had when their Satellite arm (shaw direct) dropped some local CBC, CTV, Rogers owned stations.
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I wonder if dropping the channels was prompted by demands from terrestrial broadcasters wanting cable companies to pay for content they take from them?

If cable doesn't take the shows, they don't have to pay for them.

Another decision for the CRTC?
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Old 2009-06-26, 09:59 AM   #14
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But hugh, what they pay monthly is based on subscribership levels. They don't pay a set minimum.
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travisc, I understand but, it still costs money to provide the service: overhead, marketing, infrastructure and bandwidth.

If Shaw had zero customers, they would still have costs!

Also there is the opportunity cost. Why sell 3 dogs that no one is subbing to when you could be selling something more profitable?
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