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News | 07/05/2004 4:00 am EDT

Star Choice likely to repackage more specialty services
Shaw Communications Inc.-owned direct-to-home satellite TV distributor Star Choice will likely repackage more of its specialty channels when the Anik F2 becomes operational at the end of September. Star Choice president Mike Abrams noted during Shaw’s June 25 conference call that the satellite TV distributor has not yet decided how it would package the channels it currently carries on a going forward basis. But he told analysts that there will probably be more a la carte options. Star Choice has been locked in a battle with Pelmorex Communications since attempting to remove its weather channels from its basic package (CCR, June 21/04). It also angered CTV Inc. when it changed the way its specialty services TSN, Talk TV and RDS were packaged.

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