Rogers Acquires Mountain Cablevision & Wireless Spectrum Assets from Shaw

Rogers will acquire Hamilton, ON-based Mountain Cablevision and some wireless spectrum licenses from Shaw Communications in a deal valued at $700 million. Rogers now has the option to buy spectrum holdings in both 10MHz and 20MH bands, in Alberta, Manitoba, Northern Ontario, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. Rogers, with the Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) holdings, plans […]

Shaw Cable gives subscribers 15 more music channels

Shaw Cable, Canada’s largest cable television provider, said this week that it has added fifteen new Galaxie music channels to its digital cable line-up.

The new channels, which are available now, have a focus on cultural music, with stations ranging from Bollywood Hits, to Arabic, to Guangdong. Three channels, appealing to young adults – Canadian Indie, Headbangers and Hip Hop – have also been added.

Cogeco dropping HDNet at the end of January

Cogeco, the country’s fourth largest cable television operator, has announced that it will drop HDNet from its high definition (HD) television line-up at the end of this month.

Videotron experiences strong subscriber growth in recent quarter

Videotron, Quebec’s largest cable company, announced today that it has registered, in the last quarter, its strongest subscriber growth since its acquisition by Quebecor in the early 2000s with a net increase of 169,000 new service subscriptions, counting all products.

The company, which is a division of Quebecor, had revenues of $611.6 million during the quarter, up 10% from the same quarter a year earlier. Operating income was $275.4 million, up 4.1%.

Sun News Network added to Rogers and Cogeco Digital cable line-ups

The Sun News Network will become part of the Cogeco and Rogers digital cable line-up in Ontario beginning November 1st.

Sun News Network will be available to Cogeco digital cable customers in standard definition on channels 195 and in high definition on channel 705. Rogers customers in Ontario will find Sun News on channel 142 (SD) and channel 567 (HD).

CityNews Channel launches on Rogers digital cable today

Rogers Media today launch CityNews Channel, a 24/7 English language news station, on its Rogers Digital Cable service.

Programming for the station will consist primarily of of simulcasts from other CityTV stations along with live audio from Rogers 680News.

EastLink adds three International News channels to its roster

EastLink, Canada’s fifth largest cable television operator, has added three standard definition world news channels to its digital cable roster, CNN International (CNNi), Al Jazeera English (AJE), and Bloomberg Television.

AJE and Bloomberg Television are available individually and all three are available in the new EastLink World News theme package. Bloomberg will also be available in high definition.

Rogers Cable dropping popular HD channel

In a notice to its Digital Cable customers Rogers Cable has announced that, effective November 1st, it will no longer offer HDNet.

Rogers is the second major Canadian distributor to drop HDNet from its line-up in the last year. Bell Satellite removed HDNet from its offerings last December after a contract dispute between the two firms.

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