Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Shaw Direct Employee
It's basically a carry over from the "old days", when channels were grouped more aggressively by bundle. Action on 611 was for the "East" customers who had their Movie channels starting at 601, Action on 631 was for the "West" customers who had their Movie channels starting at 621. Peachtree (formerly TBS) was included in one of the French bundles so was also placed at 650 to be closer for French customers who's channels start at 700.
Now that the 6XX receivers hide the unsubscribed channels (along with non-bundle based packages like Digital Favourites), channel number doesn't matter quite as much. However between the customers who don't have a 6XX and the ones that are "very" used to accessing their channel on a particular number we're still accommodating duplicate channel numbers.
The channel is still only on the satellite once (i.e. not taking up any additional space); the channel numbers are all taken care of in the channel map.