Profile: Shaw Communications Inc (SJRa.V)
7 Mar 2014
Shaw Communications Inc. (Shaw) is a diversified Canadian communications company. Shaw is engaged in the business of providing broadband cable television, Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business Solutions), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). During the fiscal year ended August 31, 2010 (fiscal 2010), the Company operated two business segments: Cable and Satellite. The Cable division and Satellite division represented approximately 79% and 21% respectively, of Shaw’s revenues in fiscal 2010. In fiscal 2010, the Company acquired Mountain Cablevision, Hamilton, Ontario. In April 2013, Shaw Communications Inc acquired ENMAX Envision Inc.
Shaw offers a variety of cable television services, from which its customers can choose, including a range of analog and digital video services ranging from a basic service to a full digital cable service with access to high definition (HD) channels, premium and video on demand (VOD) channels, music channels and an interactive program guide. Digital cable expands the range of services that are offered to a subscriber and extends programming capacity. As of August 31, 2010, digital cable was available in all of Shaw’s cable systems. As of August 31, 2010, it had approximately 1,650,000 Digital subscribers. Shaw offers over 70 channels of interactive, impulse Pay-Per-View (PPV) to its digital subscribers. Its PPV offering allows customers to select and pay for specific programs, which are available on various channels with different start times. PPV offerings include movies, sports, concerts and other special events, with the price dependent on the nature of the programming. The Company also offers VOD services under the name Shaw Video-on-Demand. Its VOD service enables customers to select programming from a library of titles through an online ordering system or directly through the 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. Customers have unlimited viewing of a program at their convenience for a 24-48 hour period. Shaw’s VOD service is available to its digital cable customers. The Company offers VOD services in over 98% of its footprint.
Shaw provides high speed Internet access services to residential and small business subscribers in almost all of its operating areas. It offers up to five levels of residential Internet service: High-Speed Internet, High-Speed Lite, High-Speed Xtreme, High Speed Warp and High-Speed Nitro. It also offers a variety of Internet services for small and medium sized business customers. During fiscal 2010, Shaw introduced the Shaw Wireless Gateway, a modem and router in one, providing WiFi connection to the Internet. It operates two Internet data centres in Calgary and Alberta, and several smaller regional centres. The data centres allow the Company to manage its Internet services, provide e-mail service directly to its customers using @shaw.ca e-mail addresses, and allow the Company to manage its own operations in terms of provisioning Web space, backbone connectivity and peering arrangements into the United States. The centres also host Shaw customers’ Web content locally.
Shaw Digital Phone combines local, long distance calling features into a package for a fixed monthly fee. Professional installation, access to enhanced 911 emergency service (E-911), directory and operator services, and round-the-clock customer support also form part of the Digital Phone service. Its Digital Phone utilizes PacketCable technology and DOCSIS specifications. This service uses its own private managed broadband network and the public switched telephone network to route calls. During fiscal 2010, the Company launched Digital Phone service in various markets, including Campbell River, Winfield, Kimberly and Fernie in British Columbia, as well as in Stony Plain and expansions in the surrounding areas of Lethbridge, and Red Deer, all in Alberta. As at August 31, 2010, Shaw had approximately 1,100,000 Digital Phone lines (primary and secondary lines on billing plus pending installs).
Shaw Business Solutions manages the national fibre network. Its facilities are available to Internet service providers, cable companies, broadcasters, governments and other businesses and organizations that require end-to-end Internet, data and voice connectivity. Shaw Business Solutions focuses on being an account and wholesale provider offering third parties advanced high speed data connectivity and Internet services in Canada and the United States. Its offerings include data, voice and video transport, and Internet connectivity services. It also continues to establish public and private peering arrangements, and high speed connections to North American, European and Asian network access points, and other backbone carriers.
Satellite Services own and lease, directly and indirectly, satellite transponders that receive and amplify digital signals, and transmit them to receiving dishes located within the footprint covered by the satellite. With dual satellites (Anik F2 and Anik F1R) whose signals are received by customers through an elliptical dish, as of August 31, 2010, Shaw Direct offered over 450 digital video and audio channels with a programming line-up offering the television services that are available in Canada, including local over-the-air broadcasters, national networks, specialty channels, the United States and foreign channels, adult programming and ethnic services. Shaw Direct’s subscribers have the option of choosing from a menu of programming packages designed to target and accommodate subscriber interests, primary language, income level and type of household. Such packages are marketed through Shaw Direct and a nation-wide distribution network of retail locations, including Future Shop, Best Buy, The Brick, Visions, London Drugs and various independent retailers. Shaw Direct continued to add HD channels during fiscal 2010. As of August 31, 2010, it offered 65 HD channels. During fiscal 2010 Shaw Direct entered into agreements with Telesat to acquire capacity on a new satellite expected to be available in 2012.
Shaw Broadcast Services redistributes television and radio signals via satellite to cable operators and other multi-channel system operators in Canada and the United Staes, and provides uplink and network management services for conventional and specialty broadcasters on a contract basis. Shaw Broadcast Services provides satellite relay distribution undertaking (SRDU) and signal transport services to over 400 distribution undertakings, cable operators, and redistributes 300 television signals, and over 120 audio signals in both English and French to multi-channel system operators. Shaw
Broadcast Services also offers Headend In the Sky/Quick Take (HITS/QT) and QT Plus, which allow small and medium size cable companies to offer digital signals to subscribers. Shaw Broadcast Services’ uplink and network management services include backhaul (transport of signals to the uplink site), uplink (delivery of signal to the satellite so that it can be distributed to cable operators and other distributors), bandwidth, authorization and signal monitoring. Shaw Broadcast Services provides such services to approximately 125 specialty and pay broadcasters across Canada, as well as to Canadian pay audio providers.
Shaw Tracking provides asset tracking and communication services to over 600 companies in the transportation industry in Canada, with approximately 38,000 vehicles using its services. Shaw Tracking’s services capture all related information pertaining to an asset (location, performance and productivity measures) and integrate into a carrier’s fleet management system. Shaw Tracking provides real time visibility to a company’s fleet and freight. Shaw’s services and solutions target a variety of segments of transportation across Canada.
Shaw Communications Inc
630 3rd Avenue S.W
CALGARY AB T2P 4L4
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