STAR CHOICE AND AOL CANADA ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE CUSTOMERS WITH ACCELERATED INTERNET SERVICE
Calgary, Alberta and Toronto, Ontario – September 9, 2004 – Star Choice Communications Inc. and AOL Canada Inc. announced today an agreement to provide Star Choice customers with an exclusive offer for the Netscape® Online Accelerated Internet™ service – offered nationally in both English and French by AOL Canada Inc.
Star Choice customers will be offered unlimited accelerated dial-up Internet access for only $16.95 per month. Netscape Online is a new Internet service developed exclusively by AOL Canada to meet the demand for an affordable Internet access service in Canada. “We are very excited about the opportunity to provide our customers with a differentiated Internet service solution, at an affordable price,” said Michael Abram, President of Star Choice Communications Inc. “Our customers will find the service to be very customer friendly, fast, and convenient.”
The Netscape Online Accelerated Internet service automatically compresses, optimizes and streamlines Internet content and email, providing a dramatic improvement in web-surfing and email speed over dial-up connections using a standard 56K modem. With no additional hardware to install, Netscape Online Accelerated Internet users find that web pages download up to five times faster than regular dial-up services. Star Choice customers will also benefit from the built-in pop-up advertising blocker, two e-mail boxes, spam filtering, and free 24/7 customer support included within the service.
“Star Choice has a reputation for bringing the best entertainment and the best services to their customers,” said Craig Wallace, President and CEO, AOL Canada Inc. “We are very pleased to be working with Star Choice to bring the benefits of faster and affordable Internet access to subscribers across Canada.”
Star Choice customers interested in ordering the Netscape Online service can visit www.starchoice.com or by contacting customer service at 1-888-838-1555.
About Star Choice:
Star Choice Communications Inc., a subsidiary of Shaw Communications Inc. (TSE:SJR.B, NYSE:SJR), is a leading Canadian provider of crystal-clear digital picture and Dolby surround sound audio and video Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite services. Star Choice delivers one of Canada's largest channel selections to more than 826,000 subscribers. Canadians can purchase Star Choice equipment at more than 4,000 locations across the country, including Radio Shack, Future Shop, Sears, Leon's and The Brick. The Star Choice web site is accessible at www.starchoice.com.
About AOL Canada Inc.:
AOL Canada Inc. is an innovative provider of enhanced online interactive services. The company offers a choice of high speed, dial-up and value-added online experiences, at different price points, to meet the needs of all online Canadians. AOL Canada's portfolio of online services includes AOL® Broadband, dial-up and AOL® Max (Internet software for any high speed connection), Netscape® Online, AOL Instant MessengerTM (AIMTM), and a wealth of exclusive content and community features for the entire family. AOL Canada is a strategic alliance between America Online, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., the world's leading media and entertainment company, and RBC Royal Bank, the personal and commercial banking division of RBC Financial Group, one of North America's leading diversified financial services companies.
A pioneering brand of Internet technology, Netscape in Canada is under license by AOL Canada Inc., including the Netscape.ca and Netscape.qc.ca portals, Netscape browser and Netscape Online Internet service. The Netscape Online Accelerated Internet service was introduced in November 2003 as an affordable and viable high speed alternative to existing DSL and cable services.
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