: I see it a bit differently. I see the average customer for Skinny Basic as follows:
- does not have a HDTV/flat screen TV or if so a very basic small one
- has no interest in internet streaming or having apps on their TV
- watches a little TV in the evening when they have nothing else to do
- likes the main networks because that is what they have grown used to
- might like to add a few of the specialty channels like Discovery, History, Food etc. but don't think it is that important if they can't
- doesn't really care much for sports programming beyond what the main networks offer
- would admit that they could live with OTA only if clear OTA reception could be guaranteed and they could receive a good number of OTA channels
- has a limited budget
What I don't think Skinny Basic is or was intended for most of us who are "regulars" here at DHC. I could not believe the comments last spring from those here who seemed to expect get the universe in their BDU's Skinny Basic package for $25.00 or even less.
I also don't think there is any justification complaining about the added GST/HST not being included in the price. This is standard practice in Canada ever since GST/HST was introduced. The GST/HST is almost never included in the advertised price of a product. There's no nefarious conspiracy by the BDUs to hide the real price. It's government policy and we all know that is how it works.
There's one complaint, however that I do agree with, namely the need to pay for the set top box to get Skinny Basic. At one time the cable tuner (converter) was built into our TVs. All you had to do was plug in the cable. Sometime around 2006/2007 the BDUs all discovered that they could milk us for mucho extra bucks by switching to digital signals that made an external box a necessity for everyone even those still using SD TVs. Skinny Basic should include the box technology in some cheap way (maybe an add-on to the cable line itself like the old channel traps). Forcing people to pay for/rent a digital box that may cost more than the service itself defeats the whole purpose of having the Skinny Basic service in the first place. I'm not a techie but I can't believe that some kind of solution couldn't be found.
And that completes my rant for the day. Have a good one!