CRTC to require $25 ‘skinny basic’ cable package

Discuss your Cable and Satellite Provider in here.
Post Reply
User avatar
Captain Steubings
Advanced Member
Advanced Member
Posts: 8473
Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:34 pm

CRTC to require $25 ‘skinny basic’ cable package

#1

Post by Captain Steubings » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:32 pm

The country’s broadcast regulator is coming out with new rules today that will require cable and satellite companies to offer customers a trimmed-down, basic channels package, sources have told The Canadian Press.

The cost of the so-called “skinny basic” package is to be capped at $25, said one source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is to announce details of its decision later today.

The ruling is the latest result from the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearings held in the fall.

The Harper government had pushed the regulator to allow for a so-called pick-and-pay system that would allow consumers to choose and pay only for the individual channels they want.

However, the CRTC hinted late last summer that it would be open to a pick-and-pay option built on top of a lighter mandatory service than what is currently being offered widely in the industry.

It’s not clear whether skinny basic would be an all-Canadian service that includes local stations and provincial educational channels, or a service that includes American networks as well.

Critics including the C.D. Howe Institute have warned that any proposals to mandate pick-and-pay channel choices would be an exercise in futility, in light of technological change. They say it could harm the industry and actually end up costing consumers more rather than less.

The CRTC has been criticized — and taken to court — over recent decisions from the Let’s Talk TV hearings, including a move to ban the simultaneous substitution of Canadian advertising for American commercials during the Super Bowl.

The regulator has also been both commended and panned for its decision to reform the rules governing the Canadian TV programming that goes to air.

http://www.thestar.com/business/2015/03 ... ckage.html

User avatar
DenBen
VIP
VIP
Posts: 13056
Joined: Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:57 pm
Gender:
Age: 44

CRTC to require $25 ‘skinny basic’ cable package

#2

Post by DenBen » Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:49 pm

We'll see what actually happens since it hasn't been announced yet.

I'm more interested in the all the other aspects of this such as pick-and-pay, what happens to the U.S. broadcast networks and what gets included in skinny basic. No matter what happens, 99% of Canadians will still bitch, moan and complain.

EDIT: Since when do you ever believe anything in The Star?????? [2faint

Moved from Things You Need To Know to Cable and Satellite Providers on Thu Mar 19, 2015 2:17 pm by DenBen

User avatar
Riskynet
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 22860
Joined: Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:54 am
Age: 56

CRTC to require $25 ‘skinny basic’ cable package

#3

Post by Riskynet » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:21 pm

Even John can't afford $25. [snicker

User avatar
Captain Steubings
Advanced Member
Advanced Member
Posts: 8473
Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:34 pm

CRTC to require $25 ‘skinny basic’ cable package

#4

Post by Captain Steubings » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:25 pm

Riskynet wrote:Even John can't afford $25. [snicker
How much is he paying now?

User avatar
Riskynet
Moderator
Moderator
Posts: 22860
Joined: Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:54 am
Age: 56

CRTC to require $25 ‘skinny basic’ cable package

#5

Post by Riskynet » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:30 pm

Didn't think that he had cable of any kind.

User avatar
DenBen
VIP
VIP
Posts: 13056
Joined: Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:57 pm
Gender:
Age: 44

CRTC to require $25 ‘skinny basic’ cable package

#6

Post by DenBen » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:48 pm

Yeah. He has cable. Not sure of the price he pays.

P.S. Would someone get rid of that stupid city feed on the side? It makes my tablet act like a Vic20? [rant

EDIT: seems ok in Safari.....Chrome is extremely slow when pressing keys...like this really long delay. I blame Apple and iOS8...POS.

User avatar
DenBen
VIP
VIP
Posts: 13056
Joined: Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:57 pm
Gender:
Age: 44

CRTC to require $25 ‘skinny basic’ cable package

#7

Post by DenBen » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:56 pm


Post Reply

Social Media