Shaw Media provides most extensive offering of closed captioned online content available from any Canadian broadcaster

Viewers can now watch all-new and catalogued programming on Shaw Media websites with captioning enabled

TORONTO, March 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Just in time for viewers to catch-up on some of Shaw Media's biggest hits including Big Brother Canada and Vikings, the company is proud to announce that it is the first private broadcaster in Canada to offer closed captioning capabilities on its websites. The captioning spans over 1,300 accessible full episodes across Global Entertainment and Specialty properties, the most extensive offering from any Canadian broadcaster, with more enabled content added daily.

The new functionality, activated by clicking a "CC" option during the video playback, will allow viewers to catch-up on missed episodes and discover brand new programs with captioning enabled on Shaw Media brand websites for the first time.

"Ensuring our content is accessible has always been a priority at Shaw Media and we are excited to be providing the most extensive offering of closed captioned content on our websites," said Paul Robertson, Executive Vice President and President, Shaw Media. "This function revolutionizes the way the Canadian deaf and hard of hearing community can engage with our content and is a big step forward in accessibility."

About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.2 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

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