Shaw Communications announced this morning that it has added five new high definition channels to its Western Canadian line-up, Space HD, Discovery HD, Animal Planet HD, Bravo HD, and BNN HD.

The five new channels will be on free preview until January 30th for all Shaw Digital HD customers.

Digital Forum members report the channels began showing up in their electronic program guides yesterday. For most Shaw areas, the channels are located between channels 247 to 251.

A representative from Shaw tells Digital Home that some areas of British Columbia and Edmonton will not be be getting BNN HD and Animal Planet HD until Shaw has completed it's Digital Network Upgrade (analog tiers converted to digital) in those areas.

Last month, Shaw added two new HD channels - Family HD and Disney XD HD - which are in free preview until January 10, 2012.

Discuss Shaw Cable offerings including the new channels in Digital Home's Shaw Digital Cable forum.