Shaw joins other Canadian MSOs putting content on the Internet

Shaw Communications has joined fellow Canadian MSOs Rogers Communications and Videotron Ltee in offering its TV programming on the Internet as part of the Canadian flavor of TV Everywhere.

Shaw's Internet service requires users to subscribe to its cable and Internet services and offers video strictly on-demand; there is no live content.

Additionally, the operator distinguishes between premium channel cable subscribers and basic cable subscribers. The former group gets most content free; the latter have to pay the same way they do for cable TV on-demand services.

Elsewhere, Shaw hasn't quite locked up its acquisition of Canwest's TV assets. Canwest Global Communications CEO Leonard Asper is leading a shareholder revolt and arguing that the $2 billion deal to sell Canwest TV assets to Shaw should be voided because the deal was brokered without shareholders understand that the entire company was involved. The group claims that Shaw's first proposal was to acquire a 20 percent stake.

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