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Star Choice
Type Subsidiary of Star Choice Television Network Incorporated and Star Choice Satellite T.V Inc.
Founded 1996
Headquarters Flag of Canada Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Area served Canada
Industry TV Service Provider
Slogan You have a choice. Star Choice.
Website http://www.starchoice.com

Star Choice is a direct broadcast satellite television distributor in Canada which is majority-owned by cable TV operator Shaw Communications Inc. As of 2007, Star Choice had over 860,000 subscribers. It broadcasts on Ku band from two communications satellites, Anik F1 at 107.3°W and Anik F2 at 111.1°W; these satellites are owned by Telesat Canada and otherwise are used primarily to distribute programming to various Canadian cable TV companies. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A subsidiary, in business, is an entity that is controlled by another entity. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1996. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... For other uses, see Alberta (disambiguation). ... Look up slogan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) is a term used to refer to satellite television broadcasts intended for home reception, also referred to as direct-to-home signals. ... Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (and often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio waves transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed coaxial cables as opposed to the over-the-air method used in... Shaw Communications Inc. ... The Ku band (kay-yoo kurz-under band) is a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum in the microwave range of frequencies ranging from 11 to 18 GHz. ... U.S. military MILSTAR communications satellite A communications satellite (sometimes abbreviated to comsat) is an artificial satellite stationed in space for the purposes of telecommunications. ... Anik F1 is a Canadian geosynchronous communications satellite that was launched on November 21 2000 by an Ariane 44 rocket from the European Space Agency Guiana space center at Kourou. ... Telesat Canada is a Canadian satellite communications company owned by BCE Inc. ...

A full list of channels carried by these two satellites is available from satellite-related sites such as Lyngsat: Anik F1 Anik F2. Anik F1 carries most mainstream English-language programming; Anik F2 programming includes French-language and HDTV broadcasts. High-definition television (HDTV) is a digital television broadcasting system with greater resolution than traditional television systems (NTSC, SECAM, PAL). ...

Star Choice began in Lincoln, New Brunswick, but is now based in Calgary, Alberta. It also has an operations centre in Mississauga, Ontario and its call centres in Montreal, Calgary and Mississauga. Lincoln is an unincorporated suburban community on the Saint John River between Fredericton and Oromocto, New Brunswick, Canada. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... This article is about the Canadian city. ... For other uses, see Alberta (disambiguation). ... For the First Nation, see Mississaugas. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government - Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... A call centre (Commonwealth English) or call center (AmE) is a centralised office of a company that answers incoming telephone calls from customers or that makes outgoing telephone calls to customers (telemarketing). ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - Total 365. ...


Technical information

The system requires an elliptical antenna of at least 45x60cm in size with a special LNB pair built as one unit to accommodate the narrow 3.8° spacing between satellites; the receiver uses the Motorola-proprietary Digicipher II system which has so far been virtually free of the problems with pirate decryption that have plagued other providers such as rival Bell ExpressVu. The standard 18" DBS antennas used by other providers are not compatible with this system as the signals differ in both frequency and polarization, due to Star Choice being relayed via FSS satellites, Anik F1 and F2 in this case. Ku-band LNB with both sides uncovered. ... Motorola Inc. ... DigiCipher 2, or simply DCII, is a digital signal compression standard used on many communications satellite television and audio signals. ... Pirate decryption most often refers to the reception of compromised Pay TV or pay radio signals without authorisation from the original broadcaster. ... Bell ExpressVu is the division of Bell Canada Enterprises that provides satellite television service across Canada. ... The acronym DBS may stand for the following, depending on context: Aston Martin DBS – an automobile model of the Aston Martin brand Aston Martin DBS V12 – an automobile model of the Aston Martin brand DBS Bank – the largest bank in South East Asia, based in Singapore Death by Stereo – an... Fixed Service Satellite (or FSS), is the official classification for geostationary communications satellites used chiefly for broadcast feeds for television and radio stations and networks, as well as for telephony, data communications, and also for direct-to-home (DTH) cable and satellite TV channels (although this role has been somewhat...

Services and pricing

Over 430 channels are offered, including:

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  • August 1996: Awarded broadcasting licence.
  • March 1997: Opened first customer care centre.
  • March 1997: Activated their first customer, who purchased a receiver for $999 with 100 digital channels when he purchased $400 worth of programming.
  • September 1997: Added Pay Per View to their lineup.
  • September 1999: Added 60 new channels to their lineup.
  • January 2000: Launched HDTV programming with the broadcast of Super Bowl XXXIV, the first High Definition TV broadcast in Canada.
  • August 2000: Privatized by Shaw Communications Inc. through its acquisition of Cancom.
  • April 2001: Activated both Anik F1 and Anik E2 satellites, becoming the first Canadian provider to broadcast services from two satellites simultaneously.
  • March 2002: Moved its head office from Lincoln, New Brunswick to Calgary, Alberta.
  • May 2002: Sold its one millionth receiver.
  • August 2003: Launched its first fully integrated High Definition receiver, the Motorola DSR500 HD.
  • February 2004: Added 18 additional channels including 2 high-definition ones.
  • July 2004: Announced the expansion of new channels as a result of the launch of the Anik F2 satellite.
  • May 2005: Launched the dual tuner High Definition Digital Video Recorder.
  • Nov 2005: TCM (Turner Classic Movies) is introduced to the Canadian market for the first time.
  • Sep 2006: AMC (American Movie Classics) is introduced to the Canadian market for the first time.
  • Oct 2006: A&E HD, Discovery HD and SRC HD (Montréal) launch on October 12, 2006. Super Ecran HD launches October 30 2006.
  • Dec 2006: Showcase HD and National Geographic HD launch on December 19, 2006 bringing the total amount of free HD channels to 17.
  • Jan 2007: Launched the DSR317 receiver, featuring a faster processor than previous Standard Definition receivers, and picture-in-guide. Superstation WGN was swapped for the local Chicago feed on January 17, 2007.
  • Feb 2007: Launched the DSR207 receiver, featuring a faster processor than previous Standard Definition receivers, and picture-in-guide.
  • Mar 2007: Star Choice announces the addition of GOL-TV, World Fishing Network, WGN-HD and HDNet.
  • Mar 2007: Star Choice celebrates it's 10 Year Anniversary
  • Jun 2007: Series+ HD and Canal Vie HD launch on May 31 2007. MuchMusic and TLN move to essentials and PunchMuch is removed. Casino and Gaming Television was added on June 5 2007 to the essentials package.
  • Jul/Aug 2007: A new interactive program guide was deployed to all DSR505's and DVR530's. The new interactive program guide introudced new features such as instant on capiblity (Guide will load within 3 minutes after power failure), support for Open TV and support for 8PSK modulation.
  • Oct 2007: Added NHL Center Ice package to the line-up

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See also

  • Shaw Satellite Services (formerly CANCOM)

Shaw Satellite Services, previously Canadian Satellite Communications Inc. ...

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