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 basis, all Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF) television stations by the beginning of January 2013.

The ruling also required Bell Satellite TV (BSTV) to distribute at least 43 additional local and regional television stations in standard definition by the end of the month.

The cost of adding these channels to both services is expected to cost Shaw Direct, BSTV and DTH customers hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years because it forces the companies to launch new satellites and upgrade their transmitters while consumers will be force to upgrade their satellite receivers. In addition, the CRTC ruling reduces the amount of new HD channels they can offer consumers. Forcing DTH companies to add so many regional channels with limited audiences means they will have less satellite bandwidth to transmit more popular national high definition (HD) television channels.

The new channels will be primarily local Global, CTV and CityTV channels along with French language offerings like TVA, SRC, Metro, Teletoon Retro French and TFO. TFO will be available to customers beginning August 29.

The following is a list of the new channels on Shaw Direct this month.
  • Global: Regina, Okanagan, Maritimes (Saint John)
  • CTV: Kitchener, Saskatoon
  • CityTV Winnipeg
  • TVA Abitibi
  • CBC Charlottetown
  • SRC: Trois Rivieres, Regina
  • Metro 14
  • Teletoon Retro French
  • TFO

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