the HD Sports bundle and HD Sports Combo are designed as supplements to people that have some of the sports channels, but want the extra channels included in those supplemental bundles. I think they go back to the days when there was only 1 TSN channel included in the bundles. Bottom line - if you drop the TSN+Sportsnet bundle, you won't be eligible. Here's a good summary post written by a Shaw employee:
You can drop Real Life ($6) and add BNN ($5) and save $1 if you want.
I think Shaw forces you to call in to drop any channels.
I like how you can add a channel online, but need to call in to drop a channel. I'd be a subscriber to SiriusXM except for that model ( they're currently offering me 5 months for $20 ).
I actually switched to Rogers in the Summer ( they offered me too good a deal on TV/Internet, and Landline phone ) - but am keeping SD for two reasons: 1) I use it up at my cottage - the old HAFH was main reason I switched from Rogers to SD years ago; and 2) As a bargaining tool when my Rogers bundle is up in the Summer of 2018.
One thing I don't understand, which becomes more noticeable when you're paying $60 including taxes for SD's Limited TV, is the multi-receiver fee. This fee might be tolerable, but my understanding is that SD are the only ones who limit the number of receivers you can have. The odd time I see this mentioned on here - I just see the argument that no one needs more than 6 total receivers. I disagree. When you can can pick up 32 inch LED HD TV's for less than $200, it becomes very easy to have a TV in every bedroom, in addition to the living room, basement, guest room, kitchen, garage, etc. I don't understand why they even have a limit, but at the least, the limit should be 8 receivers - why does SD even care ?
Anyways, thanks for the info, I've saved the link to that post by the Shaw Employee.