Shaw Launches Own Video Service
IP Streaming Will Count Against Your Shaw Cap
Responding to the significant Canadian consumer backlash to metered billing, Canadian cable operator Shaw recently introduced new pricing
. While it was refreshing to see some of Shaw's restrictive caps increased substantially, some of the changes were more superficial in nature, with heavy usage penalties remaining affixed to the company's most popular and slower tiers. With caps and meters still largely in place, users in our Shaw broadband forum
note that the company is launching a new streaming video service they hope will someday compete with Netflix. The "Shaw Movie Club" costs $12 a month for a selection of around 250 titles, plus an additional $5 if you want your titles in HD.
This looks like a "TV Everywhere" (as it's known in the States) Internet video walled-garden extension of the company's existing VOD systems. Such systems here in the States do count against your caps when delivered over IP, deflecting claims or network neutrality. Shaw however appears to not have been clear on this front in early reports, leading to concerns that Shaw was trampling net neutrality. According to Shaw comments in our forums
the service won't count against user caps when delivered via traditional QAM architecture, but will count against your cap when delivered over IP:
We wanted to chime in here quickly as there seems to be some level of misunderstanding here.
We are absolutely committed to Net Neutrality. The new Movie Club service is delivered in two ways. The first way is using our QAM infrastructure to narrow cast the shows to your set-top box. This does not go over the internet infrastructure, so will not count against your usage.
The second way is an online streaming method from vod.shaw.ca. This does use our internet infrastructure and will count towards your usage.
Recently passed Canadian network neutrality rules will not allow an ISP to "unjustly discriminate or give an undue or unreasonable preference toward any person, including itself, or subject any person to an undue or unreasonable disadvantage."