Shaw will never allow their satellite service to become "better" than their cable service. Shaw has never liked being in the satellite business and it shows.The thing I have said time and time again, even when Anik G1 launches, don't expect that the service will suddenly match what Rogers, Cogeco, Bell or Eastlink have. One only has to look at Shaw Cable to see that even their systems are way behind the other providers.
Shaw Direct will likely add all the HD specialty channels that are currently carried on Shaw Cable but not on Shaw Direct, some HD locals from the big cities and the remaining LPIF eligible local channels in SD.
Shaw will probably add 20-30 PPV HD movie and sports channels to artificially increase their channel count.