Bell TV to replace 240,000 HD satellite receivers

In a national bulletin to dealers, Bell Satellite TV has announced that, beginning later this month, it will be replace all of the MPEG-2 satellite receivers currently in use with MPEG 4 receivers.

Once the swap is complete, it will allow Bell to make the migration to MPEG-4, which offers greater video compression than MPEG-2.

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.

Anik G1 satellite to launch in November 2012

While releasing its latest financial results, Shaw Communications confirmed today that it expects its Direct-to-Home satellite service, Shaw Direct, to have a third satellite in space by November 2012.

Anik G1 will join Anik F1 and F2 which have been used to beam Shaw Direct signals to consumers since April 2001. Anik G1 will increase Shaw Direct’s satellite capacity by 30%.

CRTC demands will cost satellite TV subscribers millions of dollars

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) this week announced that it will be forcing Bell TV and Shaw Direct to add a slew of additional stations to their Direct-to-Home (DTH) subscription satellite television service.

Under existing policy, Bell TV and Shaw Direct must offer their subscribers: an affiliate of each national television network; five English- and five French-language CBC stations; one television station per province from each major Canadian broadcasting ownership group, and two stations from each of the other Canadian broadcasting ownership groups