Shaw Communications Inc.
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Shaw Communications Inc.

July 05, 2005 10:51 ET

Shaw Boosts its High Definition Lineup- Launches Fox HD and Sportsnet HD at No Cost for Shaw HD Customers

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - July 5, 2005) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.NV.B) (NYSE:SJR):

Shaw Cablesystems announced the latest addition to the High Definition lineup on Shaw Digital with the immediate launch of FOX HD and Sportsnet HD. These channels are included at no charge to customers subscribing to Shaw Digital.

FOX HD carries much of today's most popular TV programming, including NFL Football, NASCAR racing, American Idol, 24, House, Stacked, The O.C., and Malcolm in the Middle. Sportsnet is Canada's High Definition leader broadcasting almost 150 live events since the Toronto Blue Jays opened their HD schedule September 1, 2003. SportsnetNews is Canada's only widescreen sportscast - airing three times daily.

"The inclusion of Fox HD and Sportsnet HD in our lineup adds to the superior entertainment experience that HD customers enjoy," said Peter Bissonnette, President of Shaw Communications Inc. "The HD content on these channels is among the best available and we know they will be an instant favourite with our customers."

Current Shaw Digital customers in Calgary, Edmonton, the Okanagan (Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon), Vancouver and Saskatoon with an HD Digital Terminal and an HD-ready TV will receive Fox HD and Sportsnet HD at no extra cost. "In fact, all Shaw HD channels are included at no charge for customers with an HD Digital Terminal." added Bissonnette.

Fox HD and Sportsnet HD are in addition to the quality lineup of channels that Shaw already broadcasts in HD, including NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and Movie Central HD. Movie Central HD features a wide selection of movies as well as HBO, Showtime and Movie Central original series.

Shaw HD Channel lineup

- 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 Seattle

- Channel 307 KCPQ FOX Seattle

Shaw HD Digital Terminals currently retail for $398.88 and are available direct from Shaw and authorized retailers. New Digital 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 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.
    Peter Bissonnette
    President
    (403) 750-4500
    Website: www.shaw.ca