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News | 08/02/2001 4:00 am EDT

Star Choice, Bell ExpressVu notch up more subscribers
The number of subscribers to satellite television distributor Bell ExpressVu LP grew 51,000 in the second quarter ended June 30 to 847,000, according to financials released July 25. The numbers also reveal that 65% of net subscriber additions in the second quarter came from urban centres, compared with 58% in the same period a year earlier. Canada’s other satellite distributor, Shaw Communications Inc-owned Star Choice, reported a gain of 34,000 customers in its third quarter ended May 31, bringing the total to 596,000 subscribers. The financial figures, released July 24, also show that Shaw picked up 67,000 digital cable subscribers and 62,000 Shaw@Home customers. About 31,000 of the new digital cable subscribers were in Vancouver, where the system is being converted to digital.

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