The former logo of Shaw
Communications, used until 1997
is a Canadian telecommunications
company that provides
telephone, Internet and television services. Shaw is headquartered
in Calgary, Alberta.
provides services mostly in British Columbia and Alberta, with smaller systems in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.
Shaw was founded as Capital Cable Television Co.
Ltd. in Edmonton, Alberta, in
The company changed its name to Shaw Cablesystems Ltd.
and went public on the TSX
in 1983. The company grew
during the 1980s and 1990s through acquisitions of firms including
Classicomm in the Toronto area, Access Communications in Nova
Scotia, Fundy Cable in New Brunswick,
Trillium Cable in Ontario, Telecable in Saskatchewan, and Videon
Cablesystems of Winnipeg, which had itself previously acquired
Vidéotron's assets in Alberta.
However, two swaps, in 1994 and 2001, with Rogers Cable
have resulted in its assets being
restricted to western Canada and a few areas of northern
2009, Shaw announced that they will be acquiring Mountain Cablevision in Hamilton,
Ontario, pending CRTC
approval. This would be Shaw's first cable system
acquisition east of Sault Ste. Marie since the 2001 swaps with Rogers and Cogeco.
The sale was approved on October 22,
Shaw is also the parent of Shaw
(previously Shaw Satellite Services,
Canadian Satellite Communications, or Cancom) and, through Shaw
Broadcast Services, Shaw Direct
, one of
Canada's two national direct
providers. For many years it also owned a
number of radio stations and specialty television services; these
assets were later spun off into Corus Entertainment
in an effort to
satisfy a now-repealed Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
policy discouraging cross-ownership of cablesystems and specialty
Shaw has only recently entered the phone market with its "Digital
Phone" product, and has been successful in taking customers from
and Bell, the local incumbent phone
carrier in western Canada. However, Telus
entered into Shaw's home territory of television and is taking
customers from it. The companies have competed for years over their
internet products.In 2008, Shaw entered the Advanced Wireless
with the intention
of possibly becoming a wireless phone provider. The auction ended July
2008, giving Shaw Communications enough spectrum to build a
wireless network in its home provinces of British Columbia,
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
Shaw has been slowly expanding its television offerings over the
last few years, with most of the increases occurring in the
part of the dial. In 2008, Shaw added
, Encore Avenue HD
, TLC HD
Super Channel 1 & 2 HD
and HBO Canada HD
There are packages of full-HD channels such as those offered by
High Fidelity HDTV
, which offer
entirely high-definition content and have not yet been picked up by
30, 2009, Shaw announced a deal to acquire three television
stations — CHWI-TV in Windsor, Ontario, CKNX-TV in Wingham, Ontario and CKX-TV in Brandon, Manitoba — from CTVglobemedia.
CTV had indicated that
it would shut down the stations, all of which were incurring
extensive financial losses, later in the year if a buyer could not
be found, and had placed them on the market at a price of just $1
each. However, it was reported on June 30, 2009 that Shaw has
backed out of the deal and is declining to complete the purchase.
would remain on the air as is through at least 2010; CKNX-TV would
become a repeater of London station
CFPL-TV in September 2009, while CKX-TV would close down
entirely in October 2009.
Conference Centre, Edmonton.
- Shaw Communications press release: "Shaw Affiliate
to acquire Mountain Cablevision", 7/16/2009.
- Shaw Communications press release: "Shaw Closes
Mountain Cablevision Transaction", October 22, 2009.
- Shaw Broadcast Services
- Shaw Digital Phone Launch
-  Telus TV
- Wireless spectrum auction
- CTV Accepts Shaw Offer to Buy Local Stations,
CTVglobemedia press release via TradeMarkets, April 30, 2009
- Grant Robertson, "Shaw cancels deal for 3 CTV stations".
The Globe and Mail, June 30,
- Shaw Conference Centre