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630–3rd Avenue SW

Suite 900

Calgary, AB T2P 4L4


Phone: 403-750-4500


Shaw Communications Inc., a communications and media company, provides consumers with broadband cable television, high-speed Internet, home phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home (DTH) services (through Shaw Direct), and programming content (through Shaw Media). The company serves 3.3 million customers, through a fibre network. Shaw Media operates a primary conventional television network in Canada, Global Television; and 19 specialty networks, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY, and Showcase. Segments During 2013, the company operated three principal business segments: Cable (which includes cable television, Internet, digital phone, and Shaw business operations); Satellite (which includes DTH and satellite services); and Media (which includes television broadcasting). CABLE This segment’s operations provide cable television, Internet, and digital phone services to residential and business customers. These services are delivered through a fibre optic and co-axial cable distribution network. During 2013, the company continued a major upgrade of its network to convert television analog tiers to digital (the Digital Network Upgrade (DNU)). This upgrade, which is complete, increases the capacity of the company network and allows the company to expand its Internet, high definition (HD), and on demand offerings. Majority of the company’s cable television subscribers are clustered in and around five major urban markets in Western Canada, such as Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia; Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. The balance of the company’s subscribers is primarily in smaller regional clusters, linked through fibre either to each other or to larger markets. These markets include the Okanagan region, British Columbia (Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon); Saskatoon/Prince Albert/Moose Jaw/Swift Current, Saskatchewan; and Thunder Bay/Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Cable Television As of August 31, 2013, the company served approximately 2.0 million cable television customers in 5 provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and certain portions of Ontario). The company’s cable television business is operated through its fibre optic and co-axial cable distribution network. Its fibre backbone and interconnect network link its cable systems and subscribers together. The company receives originating television signals at its head-end sites and re-transmits these signals through its network to customers’ homes in its cable serving areas. Digital cable customers receive additional services through digital cable terminals (DCTs), which translate encrypted signals delivered to customers’ homes through the company’s network. To its digital subscribers, the company offers on demand viewing options, including pay-per-view (PPV), video-on-demand (VOD), and subscription VOD (SVOD) services. The PPV service allows customers to select and pay for specific programs, which are available on various channels with different start times. The VOD and SVOD services enable customers to select programming from a library of titles through an online ordering system or directly through the set-top interactive program guide, and to view the programming on their television at a time of their choosing, with pause, skip backward, and skip forward functionality. On demand programming includes movies, sports, concerts, and other special events. The company also offers various free on demand programming, including hit TV series, movies, events, music videos, and more. In 2012, the company launched the first phase of its TV Everywhere service, Shaw Go, which allows customers streaming access to TV shows, sporting events and movies on mobile devices. The company continues to expand its selection of services available through Shaw Go and offers Global Go, Movie Central, NFL Sunday Ticket, and NBA League Pass apps. Internet Utilizing its cable television infrastructure, the company provides high-speed Internet access services to residential and business subscribers in almost all of its operating areas. The company offers vario


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