Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc.

August 05, 2005 11:08 ET

Shaw First Cable Company in Canada to Sign Video on Demand Agreement with Paramount Pictures

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 5, 2005) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.NV.B) (NYSE:SJR): Shaw Cablesystems announced today it is the first cable company in Canada to sign a Video On Demand agreement with Paramount Pictures. Shaw Digital customers across Western Canada will now have access to some of today's most popular hit titles such as Coach Carter, Alfie, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Team America World Police and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

"The addition of Paramount Pictures complements Shaw Video on Demand's ever-evolving library of movies," said Peter Bissonnette, President, Shaw Communications Inc. "With over 1,700 titles now available every month, customers can experience a wide selection of movie entertainment - all at the push of a button on their remote control," he added.

"We are pleased to build upon our existing relationship by extending our partnership into the VOD arena. We look forward to working with Shaw on further developing the consumer's VOD experience through innovative programming and marketing opportunities," said Alex Fragen, SVP Ancillary Market Sales, Paramount Domestic Pay Television.

Shaw Video On Demand provides customers with unprecedented choice and control when watching movies and other programming at home. Customers can choose from major motion pictures, classic movies, TV series, children's programming, adult entertainment and music videos using their remote control. Shaw Video On Demand powers the ability to view a program as many times as the customer desires within 24 hours after placing their order, using full DVD control features such as pause, fast forward and rewind - features that are unavailable with satellite TV pay per view. Full details are available at and, or by calling 1-888-472-2222.

Paramount Domestic Pay Television, a division of Paramount Pictures, is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc., one of the world's largest entertainment and media companies, and a leader in the production, promotion, and distribution of entertainment, news, sports, and music.

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified Canadian communications company whose core business is providing broadband cable television, Internet, Digital Phone and satellite direct-to-home ("DTH") services 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).

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    Peter Bissonnette
    (403) 750-4500