Canadians will no longer need to give 30-days notice to cancel TV, internet or phone service

Looks like another strike for the Big Three telcos. The CRTC today announced that Canadians will no longer have to give their provider advance notice if they would like to cancel their television subscription service. This is the first, of presumably many, decisions to come out of the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” public hearings that […]

Shaw Communications revenues up 19% in recent quarter

Shaw Communications Inc., the country’s largest cable television provider, today announced its financial results for the first fiscal quarter ending November 30, 2011.

The company reported revenue for the three month period was $1.28 billion, up 19% over the same period last year. Operating income before amortization for the September to November time frame was $566 million, up 18% over the same period a year earlier.

Cogeco reports year end financial results

Cogeco, the nation’s fourth largest cable provider, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending August 31, 2011.

The company reported consolidated revenue of $375.4 million during the final quarter of the year, up 12.5% over the same period in 2010. Revenues for the entire 2011 fiscal year were $1.44 billion, up 9.2% from 2010.

Shaw gets okay from feds to merge cable and satellite tv operations

In a broadcasting decision handed down yesterday, the CRTC has granted a request by Shaw Communications Inc., to strike down a 15 year old rule which required a structural separation between Shaw’s cable and satellite television operations.

Under the old rules, the federal regulator forced Shaw to have separate sales, marketing, and customer service staff for its StarChoice (now called Shaw Direct) and Cable division.

Happy 10th anniversary to the PVR in Canada

As Digital Home approaches its tenth anniversary in December, we’d like say happy anniversary to one of the most talked about consumer electronic devices on our website over the last decade. Happy 10th Anniversary to the Personal Video Recorder (PVR) in Canada!

The first PVR in Canada, the Bell ExpressVu Model 5100 was released on August 8th, 2001. In the orginal press release, Bell described the 5100 as a satellite receiver that had the ability to pause real-time television programs and “tapelessly” record almost 30 hours of standard definition television programming on a 40-gigabyte hard drive.

Nine out of ten Canadians subscribe to cable, satellite or IPTV

Nine out of ten Canadians subscribe to cable, satellite or IPTV

Updated EastLink PVR firmware lets users add additional storage

Years after it was made available to consumers on many cable and satellite systems across Canada, Eastlink has updated its PVR firmware so customers with eSATA capable PVRs can add an external hard drive for additional program storage.

Rogers Cable rolls out improved search functionality

Rogers Cable announced today enhanced search functionality on its cable set top boxes which have Quick Start Menu functionality.

The new search lets customers look for shows airing in the next seven days by program title, keyword, actor, director, genre or channel name and number.

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