Which channels will go on the new satellite?
I am sure that it is no shock that every person in Quebec I spoke with this summer who had Shaw, told me that they only had Shaw because Shaw can be received in Florida, where many Quebecers spend their summers. It really seems that for every 4 Bell dishes you see, there is one Shaw.
Also, there are many more French HD channels on Bell, such as TV5, Addik TV, Evasion, Historia and Tele Quebec. Other than being able to use the service while vacationing in the states, I see no advantage to having Shaw if you are Francophone.
Since the new satellite will only cover Canada, as well as few bordering states, if they were to put the French HD on the new satellite, would it really get them any more subscribers in Quebec when so many already have Bell?
It seems that, if they were to move some of the channels that they are required to carry to the new satellite and put all of the French channels on the current satellites, they could change the situation and make themselves the #1 provider for Quebec.
It would be easy to have one of each network , one from each time zone, on the current satellites, move the others to the extended KU band, and put all the new French HD channels on the current satellites. This would make Shaw a real star choice for Quebec.