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post #436 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-04, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Absolutely. $25 is a maximum, not a minimum, "government-mandated price", for skinny basic. Videotron could easily do this if it wished to with no need to refer to the regulator.
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post #437 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-05, 04:16 PM
 
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Also, if it wanted to, it could offer both the skinny basic package, and the package it wants to produce, both for $25, and people can choose whether they want more channels for the same price or not.
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post #438 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-15, 09:53 AM
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More than 66,000 Canadians have already signed up to the new basic TV package

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.

For more information on the new television options, please see: "Affordable basic TV package, small TV packages and pick-and-pay TV channels."
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post #439 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-15, 09:55 AM
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Interesting numbers but are these new subscribers or people who have switched to Skinny Basic from meatier packages?
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post #440 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-15, 09:59 AM
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My guess is that 66,000 were on skinny basic - from all sources. That is less than 1% of all TV subscribers.

About 44,000 just have skinny basic and 22,000 have added additional channels.
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Interesting numbers but are these new subscribers or people who have switched to Skinny Basic from meatier packages?
According to Rogers Communications CEO Guy Laurence, “It’s your grandmother.”

Skinny basic your grandmother’s cable, Rogers CEO says

Well I never!
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post #442 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-19, 11:39 PM
 
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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.
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post #443 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-20, 08:07 AM
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I think that the article refers to grandmothers on skinny basic only with no additional channels that could cost a lot more than just the skinny basic.
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post #444 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-20, 11:47 AM
 
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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!
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post #445 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-20, 01:39 PM
 
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I feel like I'm the only one happy with Skinny Basic - love that my TV bill is down over $60 a month now!
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post #446 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-20, 03:28 PM
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@Lindsay649

All depends on WHAT channels you have/want.

If you want whats in the skiney + like 20+ other channels?
Yeah.. likely WILL cost twice of what the bundled would.

But thats not what it was designed for..

It was designed for the person wanting the basic just plus a few others.

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post #447 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-20, 04:19 PM
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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.
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post #448 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-20, 06:23 PM
 
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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.
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@Blintok 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).

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post #450 of 540 (permalink) Old 2016-04-20, 10:36 PM
 
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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.
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