Hmmmm, that's not what Shaw Direct told me today, in answer to very specific questions about BEV eliminating full North American coverage, and what Shaw's plans were going forward. They stated that the G1 (new) satellite will only pick up new channels as they become available, and was added to increase their bandwidth and capacity. It does, they admitted, have a Canada only coverage area. I asked if they plan on moving any channels from the existing Anik F1R/F2 birds to the new G1, and the answer was no, no changes to channel distribution over their satellites. I asked about the "sunset" timeframe for the Anik birds, they said they should last a long time as they sit, and there were no plans to change their availability or coverage areas now, or in the future. They said my ability to receive signals in most of North America including southern USA and Mexico will not be affected by the new satellite, and they expect the 2 existing satellites to continue to function for a long time.
I think they know what an advantage, in a business sense, the BEV decision to eliminate non-Canadian coverage can do for them.