then does that include ALL the sports channels for $6.99? I thought those were mostly free if you have the SD version. My recent bill states otherwise. We shouldn't have to pay for BOTH - there should be a reduced option for one or the other - anyone who has HD won't watch HGTV in SD, you know? It seems to be a cash-grab in the grandest Canadian fashion.It is the channels that insist that their HD version be separately subscribed, particularily Alliance and Discovery Communications associated programming.
Shaw is including what HD they can. Some providers may be charging separately for all HD.
I am not against them making money, but it's pretty obvious if you support them by PURCHASING their expensive receivers, you're supporting them, regardless how much they make on the hardware. At that point, as per their "original" advertising of FREE HD, they've added almost nothing for free, and instead have added almost ALL HD as paid services, sports packages, PPV, etc.^^^ Yes indeed, I know it sounds crazy but companies like Shaw Direct are in business to make money. If there is a another cable or satellite company that is any different and can provide equal programming please let us all know.
You get all english HD sports channels with the HD sports pack or the HD combo pack, that is correct.