Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc.

August 18, 2005 09:00 ET

Shaw Boosts its High Definition Lineup in Victoria with FOX HD

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 18, 2005) - Shaw Cablesystems (TSX:SJR.NV.B) (NYSE:SJR) announced the latest addition to the Victoria High Definition lineup on Shaw Digital with the immediate launch of FOX HD. FOX HD carries much of today's most popular TV programming, such as NFL Football, NASCAR racing, American Idol, 24, House, Stacked, The O.C., Malcolm in the Middle and The Inside.

"The inclusion of Fox HD in our lineup adds to the superior entertainment experience that HD customers enjoy," said Colin Patterson, Vice President, Operations of Shaw Communications. "The HD content on the channel is among the best available and we know it will be an instant favourite with our customers."

Current Shaw Digital customers in Victoria - with an HD Digital Terminal and an HD-ready TV will receive Fox HD at no extra cost. In fact, all Shaw HD channels are offered free of charge for customers with an HD Digital Terminal. HD customers who already subscribe to Movie Central will also receive Movie Central HD at no charge.

Fox HD is the third addition in the last year to the quality lineup of channels that Shaw broadcasts in true HD, including NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and, most recently, Movie Central HD and Sportsnet HD. Sportsnet HD is Canada's only widescreen sportscast, while Movie Central HD features a wide selection of movies as well as HBO, Showtime and Move Central original series.

Shaw HD Channel lineup - Victoria

- Channel 301 Sportsnet HD
- Channel 302 Movie Central HD
- Channel 303 KOMO ABC Seattle
- Channel 304 KIRO CBS Seattle
- Channel 305 KING NBC Seattle
- Channel 306 KSPS PBS Spokane
- Channel 307 KCPQ FOX Seattle

Shaw HD Digital Terminals are available direct from Shaw retail outlets and authorized retailers, and currently retail for $398.88. New customers purchasing the HD Digital Terminal can take advantage of Shaw Digital's special offers and receive up to $159.88 in programming credits when they sign up for Shaw's Total Entertainment or Total Home Bundles. Shaw HD Digital Terminals with built-in dual-tuner Personal Video Recorders are also available for $748.88 before programming credits.

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified Canadian communications company whose core business is providing broadband cable television, Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services (through Big Pipe Inc.) and satellite direct-to-home services (through Star Choice Communications Inc.) to approximately 3.0 million customers. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is a member of the S&P/TSX 60 index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.NV.B, NYSE - SJR).

Contact Information

  • Shaw Communications Inc.
    Colin Patterson
    Vice President, Operations
    (403) 750-4500