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post #1 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-01, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Shaw Direct 2011 programming packages and pricing discussion

The purpose of this thread is to discuss Star Choice programming packages, pricing and offerings.

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post #2 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-01, 06:09 PM
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Thumbs up 2011 package and pricing

For those who have to know, my B.C. package is as follows;
extra value pack..................17.99
digital value pack.................22.99
U.S. superstation...................0.99
eastern nets.........................4.99
HD extra..............................5.99
multi receiver warranty...........5.99
hated hst tax.......................7.07

Thats $2.20 per day! I must admit that at first it was difficult to get what I wanted from SD but a really helpful csr out of Montreal made this package for us and it works for our entertainment needs. Some may notice no movie pack and I do not use ppv or vod, I find these items do not make financial sense. Overall this is still better than an other providers options.
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post #3 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-01, 08:27 PM
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do you need to pay $4.99 for the eastern nets? you should already get them in HD as part of your basic package?
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post #4 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-01, 10:31 PM
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Remove the eastern nets, add the HD Combo Pack, 10.99 (includes HD Extra) and your bill will increase to $66.02

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post #5 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-02, 09:17 AM
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HD with Digital Lite package?

hi long time stalker first time poster
like the title says. I am currently subed to the digital lite package with a sd reciever (dsr319). I am looking at upgrading to the new hdpvr. will i HAVE to change my package or are there already some HD channals in the Digital Lite.
Most of the programs i watch are on the big channals, ctv, cbs, fox, nbc and abc.

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post #6 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-02, 11:33 AM
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If you subscribe to the Standard Def version of the channel in your package, you'll get the HD version with a new HD receiver.
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post #7 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-02, 11:56 AM
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CBC, CTV, Global, NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, PBS, Radio-Canada and TVA in HD are all included in Digital Lite.

You can add TSN HD for around $5 if you watch a lot of sports.
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post #8 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-03, 10:27 AM
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Programming packages

Interested in getting some feedback on what packages are the best bang for your buck.
I was looking at the Western Digital Value Package.
Overall package looks ok but there are other channels I'd like to have.
Is it more cost effective to take a package which has these other channels or would it be cheaper just to add other channels onto the WDVP?
Thanks for your feedback.
Just a note. I tried to do a new post but the site wouldn't let me. Anyone know why?
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post #9 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-03, 02:26 PM
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Bonjour Frenchophile;
It is my understanding that as a B.C. package I would only receive western feeds, so my preference is both even if it costs a little more.

Cheers and Merci
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post #10 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-03, 06:18 PM
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The bc package basic includes eastern and western at the moment at least.
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post #11 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-05, 02:07 AM
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No the BC Value pack does not include the US Eastern 'Nets' in Standard Definition but it does include them in High Definition. So unless have have additional Standard Definition Receivers that get used frequently you should probably drop eastern nets and upgrade HD Extra to HD Combo.
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post #12 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-01-08, 11:54 AM
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Well it seems a mistake was made so BC package does include Eastern nets in HD but not in standard definition, thanks to all that made me aware of this. As for upgrade from HD extra to HD combo not at all interested in any of those channels, (all sports). Lowered my bill by $4.99 plus ugly hst tax, this was confirmed by a csr today Sat Jan 8 2011.
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post #13 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-02-11, 05:47 PM
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Post 2011 package and pricing

The Extra Value Pack will be increased by $2.00/month on April 1st. Shaw has added Movietime, Showcase Diva and Showcase Action to the pack, as well the Oprah Winfrey Network (for what it's worth!). I'm pretty sure that this pack, and the Digital Value Pack, are only available through Shaw themselves - you have to set it up directly with their sales dept in Calgary.

I've just signed up with Shaw (today, as a matter of fact), primarily to get away from Bell. I just didn't like the way Bell handles upgrades for long time customers - $500 up front for a HDPVR, with $250 in credits later (I've been with Bell for 12 years and will soon be getting rid of the Bell land-line phone too - $11/month for voicemail!). My total cash outlay for a Shaw HDPVR and a std HD receiver was $236.74 incl taxes. Again, only available through Shaw's sales dept.
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post #14 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-02-15, 08:02 PM
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How did you get this deal? is it after all credits?


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post #15 of 174 (permalink) Old 2011-03-11, 03:03 AM
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Free HD?

I'm one of those guys who just pays my bill like an idiot and doesn't bother to look often. I looked today . . .
What happened to the concept of "Free HD"
Wasn't that Shaw's big selling point to get us to buy, instead of rent receivers?
Now, there are just as many HD channels that have to be purchased as opposed to ones that are "free" with other packages.
Seems a little underhanded, so I guess I'll have to start making cuts and selling HD receivers. Why on earth would I want to pay once for the SD channel and then pay for it again?
Am I being unreasonable?
I am all ears.
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