Transition to MPEG-4

In April 2017 Shaw Broadcast will begin transitioning all MPEG-2 satellite signals to MPEG-4 (this does not impact signals on ANIK G1 as these signals are already MPEG-4). Conversions will occur in three phases over three years from approximately April to October of 2017, 2018 and 2019. Our objective is to be 100% MPEG-4 by the Fall of 2019.

We are transitioning to MPEG-4 because the legacy MPEG-2 encoding equipment is reaching End of Support status. This means that within the next few years the MPEG-2 encoding equipment used by Shaw Broadcast will no longer be able to be supported or repaired. Upgrading to current generation MPEG-4 equipment allows our customers to continue to broadcast television signals for distribution.

To continue to receive signals from ANIK F1R and F2, BDUs will require equipment capable of receiving MPEG-4 satellite signals in their head ends. If this equipment transcodes the signal back to MPEG-2 before distributing it over the local cable network, no customer premise upgrades would be required. If this equipment sends out a MPEG-4 signal, then all Cable customer premise equipment must be capable of handling an MPEG-4 signal. Transcoding signals is not an option for BDUs utilizing the QT Plus product, all customer premise equipment must be MPEG-4 capable.

To obtain assistance with purchasing equipment for the transition please contact:
Capella Trispec
Wayne Rabey, VP Sales (Cable/Telco Market) Claude Molnar
(Office) 1-800-668-0175 # 416 (Office) 514-328-2025 x2261
(Cell) 905-478-2989 (Cell) 514-916-8945

Note: This Plan is subject to change, please check our website for updates.

Transition Plan


Phase 3 — April 2019 to October 2019

Completed Transition

Phase 1 — April 2017 to October 2017

Phase 2 — April 2018 to October 2018

Migration Signals List

  • Migration Signals List - TBD

Transition Plan Decoders / Hardware Information

Blonder Tongue



Transition Plan Bulletins

May 13, 2019
MPEG-4 Transition Plan Phase 3 Step 4 and 5
April 29, 2019
Shaw Pay Per View (PPV)
April 23, 2019
MPEG-4 Transition Plan Phase 3 Step 3
March 19, 2019
MPEG-4 Transition Plan Phase 3 Step 2
March 5, 2019
MPEG-4 Transition Plan Phase 3 Step 1
February 22, 2019
MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 Transition Phase 3 Version 16
February 11, 2019
English PPV Signals
February 5, 2019
Drop of All Standard Definition MPEG-2 Signals
January 31, 2019
December 17, 2018
Launch of Radio Signals
December 14, 2018
MPEG-4 Transition Plan — Phase 3 on the Shaw Broadcast Website
November 9, 2018
MPEG-4 Transition Plan - Phase 3
January 10, 2017
Transition to MPEG-4 Reminder
March 30, 2016
MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 Transition Plan