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FX Canada?

I noticed the other day that (classic) channel 251 has a Free Preview of FX Canada, but it konks out after about 3 three seconds to be replaced with the "lost acquisition" message, with a VOD indicator underneath.

FX Canada's website says it is "now available on Shaw Direct" but I also cannot find anything on Shawdirect.com pertaining to it. (The Americans starts tonight.......) I'm curious: anybody know?
 

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IIRC, FX Canada on SD is only available in Mpeg4, so you must have a 6XX receiver to view it.

Confirmed...it works on my DVR630 but does not show up on my 530.
 

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Hi we get FX Canada on 334 HD. Did any body else have probs with it tonite during the Americans? I don't think it was our rcvr b'cuz there weren't pixels and also I checked the signal but the sound broke up sometimes.
 

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Yes we had all sorts of problems during the Americans. Recorded it twice and between the two recordings got to watch the whole show. Had to have been an issue with FX.

Bob
 

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Shaw response:
Your question was forwarded to the Shaw Direct technical escalation department, which would be happy to help you with this.
To be able to view FX Canada - Channel 251/Classic, 334/Advanced – one has to have a receiver that is a dsr600, dsr605, or dvr630. FX Canada is a channel that uses an encoding format called MPEG-4. MPEG-4 is an advanced encoding format which allows us to offer more channels while using less bandwidth than the previous MPEG-2 signal. The standard definition NHL center ice channels are also in MPEG-4 format, while the high definition NHL center ice channels are not, so while one would need a dsr600,dsr605,or dvr630 to view the standard definition NHL center ice channels if subscribed, that is not the case with the high definition center ice channels.
But of course I do have a 600 and a 605.
 

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Shaw response:
one has to have a receiver that is a dsr600, dsr605, or dvr630. FX Canada is a channel that uses an encoding format called MPEG-4. But of course I do have a 600 and a 605.
Additionally, if you have one of the older STACKED LNB's, you will not be able to receive ANY of the MPEG4 channels even with the 6XX series of receivers.

SD has determined in their 'wisdom', to not support this type of LNB.
 

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Free previews

H2
Enjoy it on free preview until February 28.
Channel: 570/277 (Classic/Advanced)
Available via: Cool Stuff, Take 1/2

Travel + Escape
Enjoy it on free preview until March 31.
Channel: 572/224 (Classic/Advanced)
Available via: Your Life, Take 1/2, English Essentials

W Movies
Enjoy it on free preview until March 31.
Channel: 634/216 (Classic/Advanced)
Available via: More Movies, More Movies 2, Intense TV, Take 1/2
 

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I am confused, if Travel and Escape is in the Essentials package, which virtually everyone gets. I even have it in the OVP/DVP, what's to preview, doesn't everyone get it already? The only people that I can think of who would not get it are LTSS 'subscribers' maybe Digital Indulgence but doesn't it start with the essentials anyways?
 

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Have no choice as the PVR would fill up almost instantly if some non HD essential programs weren't recorded in SD. Also for anyone with a 4x3 Std Def TV it is just easier to watch in SD as it automatically fits the screen.
 

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FX Canada

Second response from Shaw was the usual "questionnaire" about signal strength, etc. (I mean, why bother, when there are no other problems?) Now it seems that during the day, the signal just keeps popping off, but at night, it is much more stable. I could probably have watched The Americans all the way through, but downloading it after was so much better... and no commercials.

But this does not solve the problem. What happens when the next sat is up delivering only mpeg4?
 

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+1 on the spotty FX reception. We also first noticed it during The Americans, and happened again today trying to watch The Egde. I guess I'm glad to find that it's not my problem. Hopefully SHAW can get this fixed.
 

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HD channels HIFI, eqhd and radX in free preview.

These channels will be in free preview until August 29th and then will be part of a new HD package called "HD Extra 2" Price for this package to be set later.
 
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