Contents 1 Canadian Satellite Communications Ltd. (CANCOM) 2 Shaw Broadcast 3 Shaw Tracking 4 References 5 External links

Canadian Satellite Communications Ltd. (CANCOM)[edit] In 1980, the CRTC began a proceeding to expand the choice of television and radio signals available to Canadians who were then regarded as underserved, often with only CBC Television and CBC Radio available to them. Several companies filed proposals, and early in 1981, the CRTC licensed the proposal by Canadian Satellite Communications Inc, a consortium of Canadian broadcasting companies including Allarcom of Edmonton, WIC Western International Communications of Vancouver, Maclean Hunter of Toronto, Selkirk Broadcasting of Toronto, Telemedia of Montreal, Philippe de Gaspe Beaubien, a Quebec broadcast executive, and Rolf Hougen, a businessman whose interests included CKRW Radio and WHTV Cablevision of Whitehorse. CANCOM began test broadcasts with three (CITV, CHCH, BCTV) of its four signals on 15 July 1981, swapped one of the three in November (CHCH for TCTV), and went into full operation on 1 January 1982 with all four signals: independent stations CITV Edmonton, CHCH-TV Hamilton, CTV affiliate BCTV Vancouver, and a French-language channel known as TCTV but which largely represented the programming of CFTM-TV Montreal. Initially, Cancom charged cable television companies anywhere from fifteen cents to sixty-five cents per TV channel per subscriber (channel subs) depending on the number of Cancom channels carried on the cable system and the number of subscribers receiving the channels. The company also was licensed to carry the signals of nine radio stations, eight as originally proposed, plus CKRW of Whitehorse added during the hearings. In 1982, CANCOM proposed adding four additional television stations and additional radio signals, originating in the United States, in order to bring the American "three-plus-one" package to all Canadians that the CRTC had previously accepted the principle of allowing to southern cable companies that picked up signals from nearby United States cities. The CRTC approved and on 1 September 1983, CANCOM began transmitting the four Detroit affiliates of the three major commercial networks and PBS: WJBK-TV, WDIV-TV, WXYZ-TV and WTVS. Cancom was a world leader with its pioneering technical expertise, (including the first commercial and consumer applications of digital encryption for satellite TV distribution) and the first carrier to offer consumers direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services. Cancom's services proved popular in the US as well. In 1985, senior vice president Steven D. Comrie struck a controversial deal with US cable operators to deliver Cancom's Detroit signals to remote villages and communities across Alaska. Despite objections from various US copyright holders, Comrie and a group of Alaska cable operators led by Gordon Rock of Seattle, WA, won federal approval for statewide distribution of Cancom's Detroit channels. However, Cancom's foray into the US was stalled when Canadian trade officials were reportedly warned by US authorities that no such exemption would be considered for the lower 48 states. Comrie later left Cancom to join Rock and US cellular industry pioneer, Craig McCaw to co-found Netlink USA, and the Kirkland WA-based company launched its DBS lineup of Denver's ABC, CBS, NBC affiliates and PBS and independents at the Western Cable Show in Anaheim CA in December 1986. In later years, Netlink was sold to the largest US cable operator at the time TCI, and Cancom picked up additional stations including Seattle's KING and KOMO to offer a greater diversity of time zone feeds for its primary Canadian market.

Shaw Broadcast[edit] Shaw Broadcast (originally CANCOM Broadcast) distributes both specialty cable channels and regular broadcast network affiliates via one of North America's largest full-service commercial signal distribution networks. It distributes affiliates of all the major Canadian commercial networks, along with several independent services. The company also distributes a limited number of American network affiliates from markets such as Boston, Rochester, Buffalo, Detroit, Minneapolis, Spokane and Seattle. Some Canadian cable companies use Shaw for these services where cost or technical issues prevent the use of a closer non-Shaw signal, even when the station is from a different time zone. (However, use of the Shaw feeds is not required for these services; cable companies are free to use any signal provider whose distribution is technically feasible.) As well, Shaw distributes a number of Canadian radio stations, and a few American stations, for cable FM and digital distribution. In total, over 380 English, French and multilingual signals are offered via 49 Anik F1 and F2 transponders.

Shaw Tracking[edit] Shaw Tracking (originally CANCOM Tracking) provides commercial tracking via satellite. Specifically it provides tracking, two-way messaging and integrated transportation and logistics solutions to the Canadian trucking industry.

References[edit] ^ [1]

External links[edit] Official Site v t e Shaw Communications Corporate directors Jim Dinning Ron Joyce Charles Keating Don Mazankowski Jim Shaw JR Shaw Assets Corus Entertainment (37%)1 CPAC (23.68%)2 Shaw Broadcast Services Shaw Direct Shaw Multicultural Channel3 Shaw PPV Shaw TV3 Freedom Mobile Defunct/historical brands and predecessors Moffat Communications MSNBC Canada Videon Cablesystems Western International Communications Shaw Media Shomi4 CJBN-TV Kenora 1Non-voting interest; additionally the voting shares of both Shaw and Corus are controlled by the Shaw family. • 2Joint venture with several other cable companies. • 3Community channels owned by Shaw Cablesystems. • 4Joint venture with Rogers Communications. Many of the assets listed above are only partially owned by Shaw. Refer to full asset list for detailed information. Retrieved from "" Categories: Cable and DBS companies of CanadaCompanies based in Mississauga

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