The Movie Network OnDemand Brings Its Premium Content Offering to Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct On Demand Services

TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Astral's The Movie Network announced today that programming from The Movie Network, HBO Canada and The Movie Network Encore is now available as part of the Shaw Exo On Demand and Shaw Direct On Demand services. The content offering will be available to Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct subscribers of Astral's premium pay-television services in eastern Canada at no extra charge.

"Delivering our content across multiple platforms is a key priority at Astral and we welcome the opportunity to offer our premium series and movies to subscribers through Shaw Exo On Demand and Shaw Direct On Demand," said Domenic Vivolo, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Astral Television Networks. "More and more consumers are choosing to view content on demand and we are excited to bring our unique and unparalleled program offering - which includes first-run Hollywood and Canadian movies and acclaimed series from HBO, Showtime and Cinemax - to Shaw subscribers in eastern Canada."

As of today, Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct subscribers can access full seasons of hit series on Shaw Exo On Demand and Shaw Direct On Demand, including HBO titles such as Boardwalk Empire, True Blood and The Wire, and Showtime series such as Dexter and Episodes. Customers will also have access to Hollywood movies from TMN, including 21 Jump Street, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and War Horse and classics from every era from TMN Encore, including Twelve Angry Men, Reality Bites and Vertigo.

The Movie Network is a pay television service available in eastern Canada. With premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically acclaimed Showtime series and first-rate Canadian programming, this pay-television service presents Canadians with some of the best television entertainment available. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels - The Movie Network, HBO Canada, MExcess, MFun! and MFest - which deliver diverse and entertaining programs in an uncut and commercial-free television environment. All five multiplex channels are also simulcast in High Definition and are joined by The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across eastern Canada; and, TMN OnLine an Internet-based content streaming service available to BellTV, Rogers and Videotron subscribers. For more information, please visit www.themovienetwork.ca.

The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral Media Inc. (TSX : ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and interactive media properties. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.

SOURCE: THE MOVIE NETWORK

For further information:

Scott Campbell at 416-956-8648 or scampbell@astral.com