Shaw Direct to transition to full MPEG-4 - See Post 1
Edit by 57 - comprehensive updated information as of May 2017.
Shaw Broadcast/Shaw Direct will be transitioning all signals on Anik F1R and Anik F2 to MPEG-4 beginning next spring 2017. The transition will occur in three phases with the final phase being completed by September 2019. By the fall of 2019, nearly all stations will be available in MPEG-4 HD only and all customers will require MPEG-4 receivers on all TV's to continue viewing the complete channel line-up. Expect to see more info from Shaw Direct on a receiver transition plan later this year. Customers will start seeing impact to their TV Line-up in the spring of 2017 if they choose to not upgrade obsolete MPEG-2 receivers.
More info on the traffic/transition plan can be found here.
Shaw Broadcast Services - Bulletins