66,000 Canadians Have Signed Up for New Basic Skinny TV Packages

A new statement released by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) indicates that the newly mandated basic TV package is proving to be somewhat successful in Canada.

More than 66,000 Canadians have now signed up for a basic TV package, popularly known as a ‘skinny package’, since it became available just five weeks ago, according to data collected by the CRTC.

slide-theskinnyThe commission says that, in addition, more than 1 out of 3 of these Canadians have also taken advantage of the new packaging options by subscribing to individual channels, small packages or both.

This change in TV subscribing comes on the heels of the CRTC requiring television service providers in Canada to offer a basic TV package costing no more than $25 per month, which began on March 1 of this year.

Companies were also being required to begin offering viewers either the option to pay for individual channels (“pick-and-pay”) or to order small packages of no more than 10 channels.

The CRTC is requiring television service providers to offer full pick-and-pay options starting on December 1, 2016.

According to an article on financialpost.com, consumers have complained about the new basic packages being a “ripoff” as service providers are taking away bundling discounts that are customarily offered with more expensive TV service options.

Many large service carriers are also charging connection and cable box fees in addition to the $25 monthly charge with the new basic service offering, something they often waive for higher-cost bundled services.

Is it a deal for consumers? Conclusions are still being debated.

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