Anik F2 satellite back on the job

Just after 11pm EDT last night, Shaw Direct customers began informing Digital Home that they were once again receiving their high definition television signals meaning Telesat’s Anik F2 satellite is now back on the job.

The HD signals disappeared just after 6:30 AM EDT on Thursday when the satellite experienced a “technical anomaly” that resulted in loss of satellite services to its customers.

Update: Satellite malfunction leaves Shaw Direct customers without most HD channels

Beginning around 6:30 am Thursday morning, Shaw Direct customers began telling Digital Home that they were no longer able to receive numerous television channels, including most HD channels.

The source of the problem is a malfunctioning geostationary communications satellites launched by Telesat Canada called Anik F2

Shaw Direct says no to MPEG-4 until launch of Anik G1

In a notice posted on its website on Thursday, Shaw Broadcast Services has confirmed what many Digital Home readers had already suspected. Shaw will not convert any existing MPEG-2 signals to MPEG-4 until the launch of the Anik G1 satellite at the end of 2011.

The notice is significant because it means that Shaw Direct, Canada’s second largest direct-to-home (DTH) distributor is unlikely to add many, if any, new HD channels to its line-up over the next 12-18 months.