In just five weeks, more than 66,000 Canadians have already signed up for the new basic television package, according to data collected by the CRTC. 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.
The CRTC recently asked Access Communications, Bell, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, Rogers Communications SaskTel, Shaw Communications, TELUS and Vidéotron to provide data on the number of subscribers that have subscribed to the new basic television package.
The CRTC reminds Canadians that television service providers will be required to offer full pick-and-pay starting on December 1, 2016.
I'm on skinny basic and I am decidedly not a grandmother. I'm just not a heavy broadcast TV watcher. Before that existed, I was on basic + theme packs. Now I'm on skinny basic + theme packs and lost nothing of note to me.
Think it is bad now...wait until December with pick and pay. Would expect that at the very least it would double your current cost for the same number of channels. No incentive to change....just another household bill....the Canadian Way.....Take it or LEAVE IT!
Well, with Bell other channels cost $7, so even adding few channels could cost more than basic or even better package and that is not what the skinny basic was designed for.
Other providers use similar tactics to discourage customers from selecting the Skinny Basic package.
Only people who want few broadcast stations and nothing else can take advantage of this option, but majority of tv customers want more than just the Skinny Basic.
In December, why does it have to be a free for all? As in basic plus pay for each additional channel at $$ each.
Why not still have bundles/theme packs but instead now where each theme has 5-7 channels where u only want 1 or 2.
Have a bundle with basic plus pick >ANY< 30. Probably even a pick 20 would be enough for most considering now where u have
themes with 7 channels but you only want 1 (the theme H2 is in for example) I would be happy being able to pick ANY 20 or 30
channels above basic.
Because some channels have considerably more expensive content than others. You're never going to get pick any twenty channels for a reasonable flat rate (i.e., less than something than "full" packages that are now offered).
Other than sports and premium channels, I think you could reasonably have a flat rate pick 10 or pick 20. Slightly lower (or non-existent) wholesale prices would offset slightly higher prices, just as existing theme packs do.