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  1. Dish Network suffers major outage

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    Customers of Dish Network, a direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television provider south of the border, were unable to access many channels yesterday. A spokesperson for the company, which has about 14 million subscribers, told CNN the nationwide outage which prevented viewers from watching high...
  2. Bell Satellite customers angry over new on-screen ads

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    Bell Satellite TV (BSTV) recently rolled out a new firmware update (version 189) for the company's 9241 and 9242 dual tuner HD PVRs which Digital Home readers report has added little in the form of new functionality but has added one new major annoyance. Within the last few days, BSTV viewers...
  3. Shaw Direct says no to MPEG-4 until launch of Anik G1

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    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 2012. The announcement is significant...
  4. Shaw Direct adds thirteen channels to its line-up to comply with CRTC ruling

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    Shaw Direct, Canada's second largest Direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television provider, this month will be adding thirteen new channels to its line-up in compliance with a May ruling by the CRTC. The CRTC ruling requires Shaw Direct to distribute, in standard definition and on a full-time...
  5. Cable company profits up 10.6% in 2010

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    The CRTC last week released the aggregate financial results for cable, satellite distribution and multipoint distribution system (MDS) companies in Canada for 2010. The regulator reports that Canadian cable companies earned profits before interest and taxes (PBIT) of $2.6 billion, up 10.6% from...
  6. Anik G1 satellite to launch in November 2012

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    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 - Anik G1 - in space by November 2012. Anik G1 will join Anik F1 and F2 which have been used to beam Shaw Direct signals...
  7. Shaw Direct announces new entry level HD satellite receiver

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    Shaw Direct, Canada's second largest Direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television provider, has a new entry level high definition (HD) satellite receiver to its line-up. The HDDSR600, which will replace the DSR 209 satellite receiver, is a stripped down, smaller, cheaper version of the HDDSR 605...
  8. Bell TV expands its IPTV footprint to more than 800,000 households

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    In financial results released today BCE said it continues to expand its Internet Protocol Television capable footprint in communities across Ontario and Québec. During the first three months of 2011, the Bell IPTV footprint grew by 60% to encompass more than 800,000 households in Toronto and...
  9. Shaw Direct has 430,000 HD Capable customers

    Shaw Direct Satellite
    While reporting its second quarter financial results today Shaw announced that its Direct-to-Home satellite service, Shaw Direct now has approximately 430,000 HD capable customers. The company now offers 79 high definition channels.
  10. Newest Shaw Direct HD Receivers get a firmware update

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    Over the last week Shaw Direct has been rolling out new firmware - version 04.06 - for the company's HDDSR 605 and HDPVR 630 direct-to-home satellite receivers. Shaw says the new firmware leaves the user interface largely unchanged but includes numerous bug fixes which make for a smoother and...
  11. Shaw Direct free previews for December

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    With so many channels to choose from nowadays, cable and satellite subscribers are often unaware that some television channels even exist and if they do know know, are unsure whether they wish to subscribe. To entice its customers into subscribing to even more channels, Canada's number two...
  12. CBC/Radio Canada demands complete distribution on Satellite TV

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    In a statement issued today, CBC/Radio-Canada says that all Bell TV and Shaw Direct subscribers should have access to their local CBC or Radio-Canada television signal. Bell TV currently carries nine of 14 CBC stations and eight of 13 Radio-Canada stations, while Shaw Direct carries only 10 of...
  13. Canada's Largest Digital Service Providers

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    Digital Home routinely receives updates from Canada's largest Video, Voice, data and wireless providers informing us how successful they have been in signing up new customers and pronouncing themselves the industry leader. Every quarter, we bring this information together and find out which...
  14. Shaw Direct's promised firmware upgrade will never happen

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    In November 2008, Star Choice, now called Shaw Direct, announced that it would be updating the firmware of its DVR530, DSR505, DSR317, and DSR207 satellite receivers in the spring of 2009. At the time, Canada's number two Direct-to-home satellite television provider promised firmware updates...
  15. Bell launching IPTV in Toronto and Montreal this summer

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    In early February, Bell announced a number of new fibre initiatives including the deployment of Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) in Québec City and the introduction of Bell IPTV service in 2010. This week in a speech at the Canadian Club in Toronto, George Cope President and CEO at Bell confirmed the...
  16. Canadian Cable Television profits soar in 2009

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    The CRTC has released the financial results for cable companies, Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite distribution and Multipoint Distribution System (MDS) companies in Canada in 2009 and the numbers were staggering. Despite the worst global downturn since the Great Depression, total revenues in the...
  17. Shaw Direct customers angry over lack of promised updates

    Industry News
    In November 2008, Star Choice, now called Shaw Direct, announced that it would be updating the firmware of its DVR530, DSR505, DSR317, and DSR207 satellite receivers in the spring of 2009. At the time, Canada's number two Direct-to-home satellite television provider promised firmware updates...
  18. History HD now available from Shaw Direct

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    History HD, a high definition specialty channel from CanWest Broadcasting which launched in October, is now available from Shaw Direct. The direct-to-home satellite broadcaster, formerly known as Star Choice, said History HD is the 58th HD channel in its line-up. According to CanWest...
  19. Shaw Direct customers fume over non-existent firmware updates

    Industry News
    In November 2008, Star Choice, now called Shaw Direct, announced that it would be updating the firmware of its DVR530, DSR505, DSR317, and DSR207 satellite receivers in the spring of 2009. At the time, Canada's number two Direct-to-home satellite television provider promised firmware updates...
  20. Pace delivers first Sat/IPTV box in Europe

    Home Theatre Corner
    This press release caught my eye today. This is really what Bell and Star Choice need to consider. The IP connection allows progressive download of VOD whereby content is buffered onto the HDD. Thought I would post as it is likely to be of interest to folks here.
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