The delivery of television service via satellite now faces the most dramatic changes in many years. The introduction, during the last 12 months of three totally new delivery systems, and their implementation in the U.S. will affect all CATV operators. The activation of the first full encryption service, the first KU band Pay television, and the licencing of DBS, present an entirely new set of technical problem to the operator. We will examine the effect of the changes through their implementation in Canada. The lessons learned may help the transition facing the American CATV operator, when these new technologies are instituted in the U.S.