Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc.

November 01, 2005 08:00 ET

Shaw First to Bring Turner Classic Movies to Canada this Fall

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 1, 2005) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.NV.B) (NYSE:SJR)

Our customers have asked for more choice and we are delivering. The channel that celebrates the golden age of movies is now available to Shaw Cable customers with the launch of Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

For Shaw customers, TCM will be included in our Full Cable channel line-up in all Shaw markets effective November 1. This exciting new channel adds even more entertainment value for Full Cable customers.

TCM offers 24 hours of uncut and commercial-free movies every day of the week. From murder mysteries to foreign and cult classics to comedies and westerns, TCM is the recognized leader in classic movies. Each month, the channel also features profiles of the great filmmakers of our time, as well as special thematic events, festivals and tributes.

"This is the most significant addition to our Full Cable Service lineup since the launch of the third tier in 1997," said Peter Bissonnette, President of Shaw Communications Inc. "We know TCM will be an instant hit with our customers and enhance the value of their cable services. We're very pleased to be the first television provider to bring this network to our customers in Canada, it's another way for us to deliver exceptional customer experiences."

"We are delighted to partner with Shaw to bring Canadian viewers the best in commercial-free classic movie offerings," said Tom Karsch, Executive Vice President, and Turner Classic Movies. "The combination of our extensive classic films library along with established and popular franchises such as The Essentials and our Guest Programmer series provide a compelling and entertaining platform for enjoying the classic movie experience."

Turner Classic Movies, currently seen in more than 70 million homes, is a 24-hour cable network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. TCM presents the greatest motion pictures of all time from the largest film library in the world, the combined Time Warner and Turner film libraries, from the '20s through the '80s, commercial-free and without interruption. For more information, please visit the TCM Web Site at

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

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).

Contact Information

  • Shaw Communications Inc.
    Peter Bissonnette
    (403) 750-4500
    Turner Network Sales
    Leigh Majors
    (404) 827-3907
    Jennifer Dargan
    (404) 885-4368