My neighborhood in South Surrey has recently undergone the DNU. I received several mailings over the previous months from Shaw clearly indicating that I would have to purchase a Shaw digital box if I wanted to continue receiving channels above the basic range of analog channels. Several phone calls from Shaw informing me of the upcoming DNU also informed me I would have to purchase a digital box. I decided not to buy the digital box, I dropped my subscription to the old analog Tiers 1 and 2 since they would no longer be available without a digital box anyway, and though that I'd just make do with the 20 or so remaining SD analog channels provided by my $42/month subscription for "Basic Cable".
I just realized that I could pay less per month ($35) by purchasing a Shaw digital box and subscribing to the "Personal TV package" - which would provide me with 41 SD channels and 20 HD channels.
My question - why is "Basic Cable" more expensive than "Personal TV", when "Basic Cable" provides fewer SD channels and no HD channels?