The Food Network HD, a high definition version of the Canada digital specialty channel, is now available on Shaw Direct (formerly known as Star Choice).

The station, which is a joint venture between Shaw Media and the Food Network in the U.S, will be on free preview to Shaw Direct through April 6th.

Shaw Direct customers with HD-capable equipment can tune into Food Network HD on channels 268/338 (Classic/Advanced). Following the free preview, the new High-Definition channel will be available as part of the HD Extra and HD Extra Lite packages.

With the new channel addition, Shaw Direct now offers customers over 80 HD channels. The number of HD channels is expected to remain relatively static until November of this year when the Shaw launches a third satellite - Anik G1 - into space.

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%.

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