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StarChoice is Canada's second direct broadcast satellite television distributor (the other being Bell ExpressVu), and is majority-owned by cable TV operator Shaw Communications Inc. However, StarChoice launched in March 1997, months before Bell ExpressVu was launched, making it Canada's first satellite provider. As of August 2005, StarChoice had over 836,000 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 Starchoice logo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Direct broadcast satellite (DBS) is a term used to refer to satellite television broadcasts intended for home reception, also refered to as direct-to-home signals. ... Bell ExpressVu is the division of Bell Canada that sells digital television services in Canada. ... 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 traditional... Shaw Communications Inc. ... Look up March in Wiktionary, the free dictionary March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. It has been suggested that High Definition Video be merged into this article or section. ...


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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 Digicypher 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 polarisation, due to StarChoice being relayed via FSS satellites, Anik F1 and F2 in this case. A low-noise block converter (LNB, for low-noise block, or sometimes LNC, for low-noise converter) is used in communications satellite (usually broadcast satellite) reception. ... Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is a global communications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. ... 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 that sells digital television services in Canada. ... The TLA DBS may stand for: Direct broadcast satellite Deep brain stimulation DBS Bank, a major local bank in Singapore DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, a subsidiary of DBS Bank Diocesan Boys School, Hong Kong Den Beste Sykkel - a Norwegian bike manufacturer This page concerning a three-letter acronym or... 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

Up to 400 channels are offered, including:

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History

  • August 1996: Awarded broadcasting license.
  • 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 Toronto, Ontario 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.

In late 2005 StarChoice changed their footprint to the lower states and especially Mexico. Locations that used to be able to get a great signal with the regular sized dish now require much more careful aiming. If travelling below Mazatlan, it is advisable to use a larger dish. At Puerto Vallarta channel 299 will get a signal of 24 if aimed VERY VERY CAREFULLY using the small dish. Other channels are much lower and not stable or available, but some are better (HDTV usually). January 16, 2006. Pay-per-view is the system in which television viewers can purchase events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... It has been suggested that High Definition Video be merged into this article or section. ... Date January 30, 2000 Stadium Georgia Dome City Atlanta, Georgia MVP Kurt Warner, Quarterback Favorite Rams by 7 National Anthem Faith Hill Coin toss Super Bowl IV participants: Bud Grant, Lamar Hunt, Bobby Bell, Paul Krause, Willie Lanier, Alan Page, and Jan Stenerud Halftime show Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique... Shaw Communications Inc. ... CANCOM is the common name for Canadian Satellite Communications, Incorporated, which is owned and controlled by Shaw Communications Inc. ...


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List of cable and satellite television providers
Cable television: Adelphia | Bresnan | Bright House | Cable One | Cablevision | Cablevision (Canada) | Cable Star Inc. (Philippines) | Canal Digital | Charter | Cogeco | Comcast | Cox | Eastlink | Foxtel | Insight | Knology | Mediacom | Midcontinent Communications | NTL | Neighbourhood Cable | Optus | Persona | RCN | Rogers | Shaw | STAR TV | Telewest | Saturn | Time Warner | TransACT | WideOpenWest | Vidéotron
Satellite television: Astro | Austar | Bell ExpressVu | Canal Digital | CanalSat | DIRECTV | Dish Network | DStv | Foxtel | GlobeCast World TV | Multichoice | Premiere | Sky Digital | Sky Italia | Sky PerfecTV! | Sky TV (NZ) | StarChoice | Voom | Home2US | TPS | Sky Angel | Viasat | WOWOW
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Corporate Directors: Adrian Burns | Jim Dinning | George Galbraith | Ronald Joyce | Charles Keating | Don Mazankowski | Michael O'Brien | Harold Roozen | Jeffrey Royer | Bradley Shaw | Jim Shaw | J.R. Shaw | J.C. Sparkman | John S. Thomas | Bill Yuill Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house Cable television or Community Antenna Television (CATV) (often shortened to cable) is a system of providing television, FM radio programming and other services to consumers via radio frequency signals transmitted directly to people’s televisions through fixed optical... Artists impression of a Boeing 601 satellite, as configured for digital television transmission by SES Astra Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... 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Globecast World TV, a division of France Telecom, is a direct-to-home provider of free-to-air and Nagravision-encrypted ethnic television and audio channels via the Intelsat Americas 5 satellite. ... M-Net (originally an abbreviation for Electronic Media Network) is a subscription-funded television channel in South Africa, established in 1986 by a consortium of newspaper companies. ... Premiere, from French language première meaning first, generally means a first performance. Premieres for theatrical, musical, and other productions are often extravagant affairs, attracting large numbers of socialites and much media attention. ... Sky Digital is the brand name for British Sky Broadcastings digital satellite television service, transmitted from SES Astra satellites located at 28. ... Sky Italia is an Italian digital satellite television platform owned by News Corporation. ... SKY Perfect Communications Inc. ... 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Don Mazankowski The Right Honourable Donald Frank Mazankowski, PC , OC , AOE , LL.D (born July 27, 1935, in Viking, Alberta) was a Canadian politician who served as a cabinet minister under Prime Ministers Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney. ... Bradley Shaw (born February 13, 1983 in Christchurch) is a field hockey player from New Zealand, who earned his first cap for the national team, nicknamed The Black Sticks, in 2004 at the Champions Trophy against The Netherlands. ... J.R. Shaw (born in Brigden, Ontario) is a Canadian businessman. ...

Assets: Canadian Satellite Communications | StarChoice In business and accounting an asset is anything owned which can produce future economic benefit, whether in possession or by right to take possession, by a person or a group acting together, e. ... Canadian Satellite Communications, or Cancom, is a Canadian consortium of cable television companies, which is responsible for providing and managing the distribution of television channels to cable companies via satellite. ...

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