Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Bruce County, ON
I watch a lot of "television" and switched to Skinny Basic immediately when Bell launched it in February - it weaned me off the specialty channels and I was finding the shows I watched on various sources on the internet (most times for free from the network's websites).
Eventually, I setup a good OTA setup with a OTA DVR - lost a couple channels I was getting in the Skinny Basic package, but gained more channels that were not in the line-up from Bell. Cancelled my subscription altogether now and pay nothing except for the odd show/movie that isn't free online.
I found the Skinny package a good step to see if I could live without a BDU - and it only took a few months to realize I didn't need anything.
At the end of the day, it's a personal choice to have this package and pay for it. Some of us drive Toyotas, some drive fancy Mercedes, and some of us use public transport - the BDU's supply us various options, and it is up to the individual consumer if they want to pay for it, or look at alternatives. The problem I have is that most areas don't have alternatives - for example, they are only limited to one cable company (why not have multiple companies compete?), or have no access to any cable company and are stuck with the satellite companies. If options were opened up (for example, you had a choice of 10 suppliers for TV service), prices would come down naturally with the competition.
I think the CRTC is going the wrong way around with this, and everything else it manages - they need to open up competition for TV, phone, cell, internet, etc. and stop allowing monopolies or duopolies in many communities in Canada.