Shaw Direct says no to MPEG-4 until launch of Anik G1

In a notice posted on its website on Thursday, Shaw Broadcast Services has confirmed what many Digital Home readers had already suspected. Shaw will not convert any existing MPEG-2 signals to MPEG-4 until the launch of the Anik G1 satellite at the end of 2011.

The notice is significant because it means that Shaw Direct, Canada’s second largest direct-to-home (DTH) distributor is unlikely to add many, if any, new HD channels to its line-up over the next 12-18 months.

Shaw Direct adds thirteen channels to its line-up to comply with CRTC ruling

Shaw Direct, Canada’s second largest Direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television provider, this month will be adding thirteen new channels to its line-up in compliance with a May ruling by the CRTC.

The CRTC ruling requires Shaw Direct to distribute, in standard definition and on a full-time basis, all Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF) television stations by the beginning of January 2013.

Anik G1 satellite to launch in November 2012

While releasing its latest financial results, Shaw Communications confirmed today that it expects its Direct-to-Home satellite service, Shaw Direct, to have a third satellite in space by November 2012.

Anik G1 will join Anik F1 and F2 which have been used to beam Shaw Direct signals to consumers since April 2001. Anik G1 will increase Shaw Direct’s satellite capacity by 30%.

Shaw revenues up 36% in recent quarter

Shaw Communications Inc., the country’s largest cable television and cable telephone provider, has announced its financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal year ending May 31, 2011.

The company reported revenue for the three month period was $1.82 billion, up 36% over the same period last year. The big increase in revenue was due primarily to increased cash flow from the new Shaw Media division (formerly CanWest Global Communications) and higher cash flow from the cable division.

Shaw Direct announces new entry level HD satellite receiver

Shaw Direct, Canada’s second largest Direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television provider, has a new entry level high definition (HD) satellite receiver to its line-up.

The HDDSR600, which will replace the DSR 209 satellite receiver, is a stripped down, smaller, cheaper version of the HDDSR 605 receiver which Shaw Direct introduced last fall.

CRTC demands will cost satellite TV subscribers millions of dollars

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) this week announced that it will be forcing Bell TV and Shaw Direct to add a slew of additional stations to their Direct-to-Home (DTH) subscription satellite television service.

Under existing policy, Bell TV and Shaw Direct must offer their subscribers: an affiliate of each national television network; five English- and five French-language CBC stations; one television station per province from each major Canadian broadcasting ownership group, and two stations from each of the other Canadian broadcasting ownership groups

Sun News Network added to Shaw line-up

The Sun News Network this week announced it has signed its first major distribution deal with Shaw Communications.

The agreement means that two million Shaw Direct and Shaw digital cable homes will be able to view the upstart category 2 specialty station when it launches next Monday April 18th. No deals with other major cable and direct-to-home satellite distributors have been announced.

Four in ten Shaw customers are now HD Capable

In financial results released today Shaw Communications said it now has over 1.265 million customers capable of receiving high definition (HD) programming.

The number includes 835,000 HD capable customers at Shaw Cable and 430,000 HD customers at Shaw Direct, the company’s direct-to-home satellite broadcasting division

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