Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: New Brunswick - Shaw Direct
A lot of it is that is how TSN/Sportsnet etc. want their channels to be sold. Shaw Direct can offer CBC, CTV, Global, US nets etc. for free because they don't have to pay for them. Many of the specialty channels want to make as much money as possible, so they force providers to force subscribers to pay for the SD version, to have the option of paying for the HD version. I'm not sure Shaw are the right guys to blame. If they offered these channels for free, they would probably be operating in a big loss.