Free very BASIC satellite TV from Shaw for those in certain areas UPDATE Feb 2013
http://www.shawdirect.ca/promotions/eng ... ?default=1
"If you haven't been a cable or satellite customer in the last 90 days and live in or near one of the cities listed below, you may be eligible for our Local Television Satellite Solution (LTSS) program*. This program will allow you to continue receiving the same or similar Canadian over-the-air channels you've always enjoyed courtesy of Shaw Direct. Please call one of our service representatives before November 30, 2012 at 1.888.782.7602 to see if you qualify
Barrie Foymount London Saguenay Truro
Burmis Fredericton Moncton Saint John Vancouver
Calgary Halifax Montreal Sarnia-Oil Springs Victoria
Charlottetown Hamilton Ottawa Saskatoon Winnipeg
Chatham Kitchener Quebec City Sherbrooke Windsor
Digby Lac-Etchemin Quebec St. John's
Edmonton Lethbridge Riviere-du-loup Thunder Bay
Forestburg Lloydminster Rouyn-Noranda Trois-Rivieres "
I called and started the procedure. I already get OTA reception from the USA (I have 3 antennas pointed in various directions), but my local Montreal stations were too weak and/or were obstructed by a mountain.
Edit: Programming is free for 5 years. If the receiver needs to be changed because of a change in technology, the user has to pay for a new receiver (or just drop the service...) The service includes SD content only; to get HD, you must become a paying subscriber.
Edit February 2013: For an extra $9.95 per month (good for 24 months), Shaw will now include their "Digital Lite" package. Info on the channels provided:
https://secure.shawdirect.ca/english/wh ... .asp?t=DIL
Programming remains in SD, but some HD content is included if you obtained a HD-capable decoder from Shaw. See allyourbase's post around post#94 or so for more info.
For more info, call Shaw at 866-280-4503 extension 1971.
Thanks to ssy080 for correcting my initial mistake and to allyourbase for the link of the channels provided.