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Old 09-06-2013, 08:47 PM   #1
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Anyone using Canadian Shaw Direct TV in USA?

We previously used Bell ExpressVu when wintering in USA (although "officially" you cannot do this) but Bell somehow found a way to block satellite reception in most of USA so that was no longer an option. We switched to Shaw Direct (in Calgary, AB) after they confirmed that they don't block the signal and don't have a problem with Canadian subscribers taking their PVR/dish with them on their RV travels. It worked fine for us in Tucson last winter.

In the current RV Gazette (Canadian magazine) there is a report that the US FCC complained to their counterpart in Canada, the CRTC, that Shaw was not licenced to distribute their Canadian TV service to USA locations. The report went on to say that Shaw have now blocked their signal in the USA.

If this is the case, I'd need to find a new service before heading south for the winter (as cable is not an option in the parks we use).

Can any Canadian clients of Shaw Direct confirm if they are still able to receive TV service while in the SW USA?


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Old 09-06-2013, 09:08 PM   #2
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he actual footprint of the satellite is much weaker in the US. I have a carryout and the received signal in Canada is mid 60's and not HD. As far as actually blocking it they don't have GPS built in so unless you connect the phone line for PPV they will not know where you are. The actual transmitted signal is too low in level to receive and the new Anik G satellite has a tighter antenna, called a spot beam. In order for all the HD channels to work on the small dish they need to increase the signal level, making the transmitted beam narrow only covering Canada.

In short either you need a larger dish, settle for SD channels and hope for clear weather to get maximum signal as time goes on the older transponder will be shut off.


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Old 09-09-2013, 09:51 PM   #3
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I was told by the maker of Explorer satellite that we will still be able to receice sd channels as before but Shaw Direct will no longer offer assistance to canadian customer outside of Canada.
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Old 09-10-2013, 09:16 AM   #4
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My understanding is that in 2012 Bell Expressview changed the attitude of their satellite so the footprint no longer hits the southern US. I also understand that Shaw has or is in the process of doing the same this year. This is the result of the US broadcasting regulators complaining to the CRTC about the Cdn broadcasters not having the "rights" to broadcast in the US.
The only solution would be to access news/sports info via the Internet or download/stream TV shows via the Internet. Or you could get an American dish and get the red, white and blue perspective of the world.
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