Shaw: Signal fees will have ripple effect

Move could result in angry subscribers

TORONTO -- Canadian cable giant Shaw Communications is warning that any move to compel domestic cable and satellite TV carriers to pay conventional networks for their signals will only encourage U.S. networks to demand similar compensation.

Top national broadcasters last week asked the CRTC to bill cable and satellite TV carriers for their American series-rich feeds.

Calgary-based Shaw told the TV watchdog that content carriers could pay Canadian and U.S. networks up to CAN$500 million ($490 million) in new carriage fees, which would be passed on to angry subscribers.