Any everyone must believe without question what anyone at Shaw says?
Legacy hardware is an impediment to adopting MPEG4. Current users must either buy or be provided with new hardware. That's a large expense for either customers or Shaw and it could drive away subscribers.
#1. MPEG4 reduces satellite costs.
#2. MPEG4 is required to meet CRTC requirements for local carriage.
#3. MPEG4 is required to compete with other BDUs.
I am glad that many of you are so confident in Shaw that you believe that they are doing this to improve their service to their customers.
Shaw says themselves that step 1 is to upgrade the LNB in order to be able to receive G1.
Shaw could have planned on updating inside equipment only, and then moving those cannels to F1R or F2. But instead, Shaw has chosen not to do so, and then leave the transponders open for future use?
Shaw could have placed locals and PPV on the new satellite, but they decided to have more desired HD channels, which would eventually become the only feed of those channels.
Space on the G1 extended Ku Canada beam would not be as valuable to other possible services as F1 or F2 because of their being receivable in mostly all of North America. Also, if Shaw had wanted to keep those transponders on F2, they could have done the MPEG4 upgrade in 2013, and not used G1 at all, which would have meant there would have been no LNB upgrade for the majority of their customers.
The 111.1 slot, Anik F2, which is a satellite whose signal is available in all of Canada, USA, and most of Mexico.
F2 is already used for Wildblue satellite Internet service in the USA.
It will be possible to convert F2 for other purposes, such as Internet services, that could serve customers in mostly all of North America.
It is nice to believe that Shaw is doing this to improve their services to their existing customers, but I am afraid they will save on the bandwidth that can be sold to the highest bidder. Hopefully, they will make more money from not using so much bandwidth on than satellites that it will more than offset the loss the customers that they will lose who will just go to another provider.