Rogers Cable and Shaw Media sign long-term distribution deal

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Shaw Media ("Shaw") and Rogers Communications ("Rogers") announced today a significant long-term agreement for the continued distribution of all Shaw Media services, including top-performing channels like History Television, HGTV Canada, Showcase, as well as on-demand rights to Global TV content. With this deal, Rogers cable customers will continue to have access to some of the best in lifestyle and drama programming through the Rogers Digital VIP package and RogersOnDemand.com

"It is extremely gratifying to renew our long-standing relationship with Rogers and secure their continued support of our leading specialty television brands. The agreement acknowledges our investment in programming, aggressive evolution to high definition offerings and leadership in the on-demand space," said Paul Robertson, President, Shaw Media. "This deal is a positive sign that industry players can find middle ground and come to an agreement."

"Customers win when cable and media companies work together to make content available and affordable on multiple screens," said David Purdy, VP Video Products, Rogers Communications Inc. "Our long-term deal with Shaw gives Rogers customers access to highly sought-after world-class entertainment on their mobiles, on demand and on-line, providing the very best TV Anywhere experience they expect from Rogers."

This deal will ensure that Shaw's specialty programming will be available on-demand, online and on mobile, through linear, VOD, broadband and mobile rights.

About Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business Solutions), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging  programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, including 1.8 million Internet subscribers and over 1.0 million Digital Phone customers, through a reliable and extensive network, which comprises 625,000 kilometres of fibre. Shaw Media includes the second largest conventional television network in Canada, Global Television and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television 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).

About Rogers Communications Inc.

Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high speed Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI). For further information about the Rogers group of companies, please visit rogers.com.

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Dervla Kelly
Senior Director, Communications, Shaw Media
416.934.7121
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Sharon Fernandes
Manager, Communications, Rogers Communications Inc.
(416) 935-8339
Sharon.Fernandes@rci.rogers.com