Anime Network Now Available on Monthly Subscription with Shaw Video on Demand

Dec 20th 2005
HOUSTON, TEXAS and CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 20, 2005) - Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.NV.B) (NYSE:SJR): Anime Network and Shaw Cablesystems today announced they have expanded their programming partnership to add a monthly subscription Video On Demand service to the slate of entertainment choices available on Shaw.

Shaw Digital TV customers can now get up to 20 hours of compelling anime content for $4.99 per month with Shaw Video On Demand. The new monthly subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) package includes anime series with weekly episodic updates. Anime Network will continue to provide anime features and live-action Asian films at $4.99 each through Shaw Video On Demand.

Shaw viewers will continue to enjoy the popular top titles from the large library of Anime Network including Neon Genesis Evangelion and Samurai X. Also included in the subscription price are new hit series that are currently rolling out, such as Gantz and Full Metal Panic!.

"The new monthly SVOD service offers another great option for Anime Network fans," said Kevin McFeeley, Anime Network Director of Affiliate Sales and Marketing.

"For fans of specific programming like anime, monthly subscription Video On Demand packages provide phenomenal value and convenience," said Peter Bissonnette, President of Shaw Communications.

For more information, customers can visit SHAW.CA or THEANIMENETWORK.COM.

About Anime Network

Anime Network, a subsidiary of A.D. Vision, Inc. (parent company to ADV Films and Newtype USA), is the first cable channel in North America dedicated to anime, with access to thousands of hours of exciting, eye-catching serialized programming. Anime Network launched in North America in late 2002 with extensive availability initially through digital cable video-on-demand technology and has become one of the top video-on-demand offerings. Additional information on Anime Network is available at www.theanimenetwork.com.

About Shaw Communications

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified Canadian communications company whose core business is providing broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services (through Big Pipe Inc.) and satellite direct-to-home services (through Star Choice Communications Inc.) to approximately 3.0 million customers. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.NV.B, NYSE - SJR).

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