In 2009, the Canadian satellite provider Star Choice was renamed Shaw Direct. As of April 2015, Shaw Direct offers a range of packages, with the most inexpensive including about 125 channels and the priciest including more than 300 channels. All packages include the ability to watch programming on mobile devices.
ShawDirect.ca contains details about which channels are included in each package. From the main page, select the Packages menu, TV Packages and then the desired package name. Both Canadian and U.S. networks are standard in all packages as well as about 15 sports channels and 12 news channels. Certain packages allow the customer to choose additional channels bundled by theme, including sports, music, educational and lifestyle. Premium movie channel bundles, some of which include HBO, are offered separately at an additional cost.
All packages include Shaw Direct On Demand, which provides instant viewing of thousands of movies and TV shows and about 40 TV networks. Viewers can also rent movies through On Demand at an additional charge. This service works on Apple and Android devices, personal computers and television sets. Shaw also offers all subscribers a variety of apps which enable live TV streaming on mobile devices, including apps for children's, sports and entertainment programming.