12 years ago the CRTC stopped issuing licenses to broadcast Analog TV signals. In 3 years remaining analog broadcasts have to be shut down. So here we are 8 years after the implementation of HDTV (digital) broadcasting and my Shaw tv lineup still consists of basically 50% standard definition channels. Several of which are currently available on Shaw Direct which has bandwidth limitations ! Bandwidth limitIons was always a go to answer for cable providers in the past but in present days fiber optic environments offer practically unlimited bandwidth for HDTV . We pay a lot of money for the delivery of television services and should have the best service available by today’s standards! And that to me means an end to low bandwidth stand definition television broadcasts! The analog era of tv is over. Come on Shaw pick up the game and give your subscribers the service we pay a lot of money for! I can’t even imagine how long it will be before they consider 8 or even 4K delivery!Deliver us all channels in 1080p format. Now!
I would also like to mention that the quality of your existing HD channels leaves a lot to be desired! The compression algorithms used to transmit your HD channels leave considerable artifacts and blocking that take away from what could be an much more pleasurable viewing experience! Anyone who appreciates the quality of a Blu-ray understands the difference in quality of what you currently deliver. We should expect better for the price you are asking!
You are referring to over the air digital broadcasters, not BDUs. Shaw doesn’t have the bandwidth yet to upgrade the SD channels to HD, but I understand that they are running a trial in Calgary.