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is there any updates on the new bird and when they anticipate it going live? and thus what channels may be added? last i heard was fall of this year. i'm hoping for a college sports ppv tier to be added similar to what bell offers for ncaa football season.
 

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With that being the case this thread should probably be closed now and the Shaw Direct 2013 New Channels Discussion one be opened and locked until then. I don't see too many changes coming between now and then other than Fox Sports World being canned.
 

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Launch date of Anik G1

Last couple of times that I have contacted Shaw Direct, I asked the question regarding the Satellite and when will it actually be up in the sky. I was told by both CSR reps that the satellite has already been launch, and if that is the case would it not then in orbit?

Also was told that it won't be until later this summer when it will actually be active, and then of course they will have to test it so it is working properly. Does this all make sense? Would it already be launched?
 

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The satellite is NOT launched yet. The CSRs are blowing smoke. The estimated launch date of Anik G1 is end of September. The satellite is expected to be operational sometime on Q4 of this year. This information is readily available on various websites, including Telesat's. I wouldn't expect anything until November at the earliest and that's if there is no delays.

I'm willing to bet that even once new channels arrive, the offerings will be underwhelming. The packages will probably be a total rip-off and they will probably STILL be missing channels that almost all other providers carry. If anyone thinks that Shaw Direct is going to offer something competitive, you are in for a world of disappointment. Look at what they have accomplished in the past decade; hardware always outdated, channel selection among the worst of any provider, botched firmware upgrades, features that get promised but never get launched, horrible HD selection; the list goes on...
 

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New channels 2012...2013. Satellite launches have failed at times. Plan B?
That's very true, and especially true of Telesat. They have not had the best track record for satellites. There was issues with Anik E1, E2, F1 and Nimiq 2 and I'm sure others. I'm sure there is no plan B, except to dangle the carrot to customers and say, stick with us, we'll eventually get it right.

This is the thing that angers me most about Shaw Direct. They ordered this satellite back in 2010, knowing it would take 2-2 1/2 years to get it into operation. Once the 600 series receivers came out, they should have begun the switch of all HD channels to MPEG-4 so that they could keep up with demand. Instead they choose to do nothing and here we are waiting almost another 8-10 months before anything new comes. I am beyond frustrated when I see all the other providers launch HD channels and all we have gotten in the last year is one additional English HD channel.

I wouldn't be so impatient and so vocal about this if Shaw Direct would at least try to make an attempt to add some HD channels between now and the launch of G1. Even 5 or 6 new HD channels would go a long way with me. It's the fact that we are getting nothing at all that makes me very bitter about the situation.
 

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That's very true, and especially true of Telesat. They have not had the best track record for satellites. There was issues with Anik E1, E2, F1 and Nimiq 2 and I'm sure others. I'm sure there is no plan B, except to dangle the carrot to customers and say, stick with us, we'll eventually get it right.

This is the thing that angers me most about Shaw Direct. They ordered this satellite back in 2010, knowing it would take 2-2 1/2 years to get it into operation. Once the 600 series receivers came out, they should have begun the switch of all HD channels to MPEG-4 so that they could keep up with demand. Instead they choose to do nothing and here we are waiting almost another 8-10 months before anything new comes. I am beyond frustrated when I see all the other providers launch HD channels and all we have gotten in the last year is one additional English HD channel.

I wouldn't be so impatient and so vocal about this if Shaw Direct would at least try to make an attempt to add some HD channels between now and the launch of G1. Even 5 or 6 new HD channels would go a long way with me. It's the fact that we are getting nothing at all that makes me very bitter about the situation.
They could also make the cheapest new receiver they offer (non HD) able to decode HD even if outputs in SD. The cost is minimal today, the chip in fact could cost even less than a non HD decoder. They should start swaping old receivers (I think the new GUIDE alone is a good enough incentive) and eliminate all SD channels which have an HD equivalent. More will come soon. This will free a number of transponders and make space for HD.
I almost don't even go in guide and check what's playing on SD channels, for a long time already. I almost forgot they are there (Space was the only one I was watching , but now it's HD). My wife watches sometime Much Music (which can also be in HD).
 

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That in fact is the case. All of the 6xx series receivers can tune and play all the channels Shaw Direct currently carries, including MPEG4 and presumably MPEG4-HD. They all can output composite A/V at least. The 600 is the entry level receiver, which also has a CH 3/4 RF out.

However, in Shaw Direct's books, they see the wait out for G1 more economical. It may just be that there aren't or weren't enough 600s available to swap in time to be able to do such a conversion.
 

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they see the wait out for G1 more economical.
If Shaw Direct is still in business at that time.

Apparently DirecTV is having a big issue with rainfade on their Ka band satellites when they do 1080p tests. They are looking for Ku or DBS capacity in the 101 to 119 arc.

With all the bleeding of subs at Shaw Cable (over 66,000 in the last quarter) + the increased churn at SD; don't be surprised to see all F1R transponders sold to DirecTV if Shaw can convince Dish to buy the F2 transponders.

And now that the economy is starting to turn around, institutional investors (the main owners of Shaw stock) are starting to look at moving investments from companies with 4 to 5% dividends to companies with growth potential. It's only a matter of time before Shaw will have to sell Shaw Cable and sell or close SD and SBS.

Because the Shaw family was too busy spending their money and playing with all their toys over the last decade, they missed the report "No Cell Phone Offering, No future" for integrated telecoms.
 

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Bent, can you site your reference for stating that Shaw Cable has lost 66,000 subscribers in the last quarter? After I read that I was curious if they had actually lost that many and looked at the first quartlery report for 2012 and it states that while they lost almost 23,000 basic cable subscribers, that the rest of the divisions made gains that outweigh that loss. ie they gained almost 60,000 digital cable subscribers http://www.shaw.ca/uploadedFiles/Corporate/Investors/Financial_Reports/1stQtr2012.pdf page 4
 

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Bent, can you site your reference for stating that Shaw Cable has lost 66,000 subscribers in the last quarter? After I read that I was curious if they had actually lost that many and looked at the first quartlery report for 2012 and it states that while they lost almost 23,000 basic cable subscribers, that the rest of the divisions made gains that outweigh that loss. ie they gained almost 60,000 digital cable subscribers http://www.shaw.ca/uploadedFiles/Corporate/Investors/Financial_Reports/1stQtr2012.pdf page 4
Meaning it not a loss but a normal migration from analogue Cable to Digital.
 

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Does anyone know if Shaw Direct has plans to bring back HD Net?
I think they don't have any transponder space until the new sat by the end of the year.I also doubt that SD will be the only Canadian provider to carry it ,as all the others dropped HDNet before SD.Anyway they are changing their name and probably programming structure in Summer in US also.
 

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HDNET will not be back. The replacement channel coming this summer as mentioned above will be AXS.TV: http://www.hd.net/press_articles/hdnet-to-become-axs-tv/

They will still cover MMA as they do now with HDNET. I have already asked Shaw Direct to add this channel. Hopefully many others will do the same to get the unique MMA coverage they offer back for us to watch on the new AXS.TV channel.
 

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I am wondering if any one else has noticed the following: We have Digital Indulgence Lite, and the following channels are on freeview, Slice (which is part of our package), National Geographic (which is part of our package), Space HD, DIY, and Spark. The odd thing is that the Free preview band on the station icon only appears on Spark and Space HD. It does not appear on DIY, which is not part of the package. I am assuming that Spark and Space HD are also not part of our package.
 

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I am wondering if any one else has noticed the following: We have Digital Indulgence Lite, and the following channels are on freeview, Slice (which is part of our package), National Geographic (which is part of our package), Space HD, DIY, and Spark. The odd thing is that the Free preview band on the station icon only appears on Spark and Space HD. It does not appear on DIY, which is not part of the package. I am assuming that Spark and Space HD are also not part of our package.
Space is part of DILite so I suppose Space HD also.If not it should be part of HD Extra as it's replacing HDNet.Not sure ,as I have HD Extra on top of DILite.

PS - Just double checked.Space HD is free with Space subscription (which is part of DILite).
 

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HDNET will not be back. The replacement channel coming this summer as mentioned above will be AXS.TV: http://www.hd.net/press_articles/hdnet-to-become-axs-tv/

They will still cover MMA as they do now with HDNET. I have already asked Shaw Direct to add this channel. Hopefully many others will do the same to get the unique MMA coverage they offer back for us to watch on the new AXS.TV channel.
I liked the concerts they played on Sunday and will miss that no other network was carrying that stuff.
 
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