Shaw Communications

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

E! Channel returns on November 29th

CTV and Comcast International Media Group (CIMG) announced this week that it will replace Star! Television with a new Canadian E! television Channel beginning on November 29th.

Previously E! Canada had operated in Canada from 2001 to 2009 under the ownership of Canwest but was forced to shut down when Canwest encountered its financial difficutlites which eventually led to it filing for bankruptcy protection.

Goodbye Canwest, Hello Shaw Media

After receiving final approval from the CRTC last Friday, Shaw Communications today will complete the purchase of the bankrupt Canwest Global television properties.

Canwest entered creditor bankruptcy protection in late 2009, leading to the sale of the company’s assets to Shaw in a deal announced this past May.

Twist TV replaces Discovery Health on November 1

Canwest Media has announced it will be replacing the Discovery Health digital specialty channel on November 1st with Twist TV.

The broadcaster says the new reality channel is about real life with a twist such as capturing the experiences of parents dealing with out of control kids and life altering health situations or kids dealing with pageant moms and irresponsible fathers.

Global TV shows now on Eastlink Cable’s VOD service

Halifax based EastLink Cable this week announced the addition of Global Television Network programming to its Video on demand (VOD) offerings.

Some of the popular shows available on demand include: Survivor, Glee, Bones, Days of our Lives, The Young and the Restless, ET Canada, NCIS, Family Guy, The Good Wife, and Hawaii 5.0.

Competition Bureau clears Shaw’s acquisition of Canwest

The Competition Bureau of Canada announced today that it will not challenge Shaw Communications Inc.’s proposed acquisition of the over-the-air and specialty television businesses of Canwest Global Communications Corp.

The federal agency said that following a significant review, it had concluded the takeover would not reduce competition in the television industry in this country.

Shaw buys Canwest Broadcasting for $2.0 Billion

Shaw Communications said today that it has entered into a deal to acquire 100% of the over-the-air and specialty television businesses of Canwest Global Communications Corp. for approximately $2.0 billion,.

CanWest’s broadcasting assets include the Global Television Network and eighteen specialty cable channels including, HGTV, Mystery TV, National Geographic Channel, Showcase, History and TVTropolis.

Reality Channel launches on Rogers in July

Canwest Broadcasting announced this week it would be launching the Global Reality Channel on Rogers Cable on July 1st.

No it’s not a channel about the trials and tribulations of the Asper family but it is a station that will air nothing but reality programming from past and present seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

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