Shaw Satellite Services
(French: 'Services de
Radiodiffusion Shaw) is a Canadian company responsible for providing and managing
the distribution of television channels to cable companies via
Shaw also operates Shaw
Direct, a Canadian direct
broadcast satellite service.
Previously known as Canadian Satellite Communications
, or Cancom
, Shaw Satellite Services
is wholly owned by Shaw
On October 5, 2006, Shaw announced that CANCOM would be renamed
Shaw Satellite Services, with CANCOM Broadcast becoming Shaw
Broadcast Services, and CANCOM Tracking becoming Shaw Tracking, in
As Cancom, the service was originally owned by a consortium of
several Canadian cable companies, but ownership changes eventually
consolidated Shaw as the primary owner. The company was previously
required by the CRTC
to be operated independently of Shaw's cable holdings. However, in
light of the name change, it is unclear if Shaw's satellite-based
companies would remain independent from the cable division.
Canadian Satellite Communications Ltd. (CANCOM)
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, a consortium that included Philippe de Gaspe
Beaubien, a Quebec broadcast executive, and Rolf Hougen, a
Whitehorse businessman whose interests included CKRW Radio and WHTV
Cablevision of Whitehorse.
began test broadcasts with three of its four signals on 15 July
1981, swapped one of the three in November, 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.
Cable television companies were charged one dollar per signal per
customer. 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.
years, additional stations were picked up to offer a greater
diversity of time zone feeds, including Seattle stations KING-TV and KOMO-TV.
) 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.
company also distributes a limited number of American network affiliates from markets such as Boston, Rochester, Buffalo, Detroit, Minneapolis, Spokane and Seattle.
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
. (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
distribution. In total, over 380
English, French and multilingual signals are offered via 49
) provides commercial tracking via satellite.
Specifically it provides tracking, two-way messaging and integrated
transportation and logistics solutions to the Canadian trucking
industry with over 31,000 units in use by over 500 companies. Of
Canada's Top 25 trucking companies, Shaw claims that 23 use its
services, and that it has over 85% of the mobile communications
market place for long-haul trucks.
The following logos were for these divisions under the CANCOM
(English)image:radiodiffusionCancom.png|Radiodiffusion CANCOM logo
(French)image:cancomtracking.jpg|CANCOM Tracking logo
(English)image:reperagecancom.jpg|Reperage CANCOM logo