You forgot to include Sportsnet 360 + the two Oilers/Flames companion channels, which are listed as part of the pick and pay. So a total of 13 of my 30 would be used. Instead I think TSN 1 - 5 should count as 1 channel same with all Sportsnets. Right now I have about 40 specialty channels and timeshift US feeds (which are not included in the basic). 30 channels would not be enough, and channels like CNN or CTV News Channel, Weather Network, etc, would not be basic services either.@markb: What you just described would suit me perfectly. Local Basic plus a pick 30 channels option for a total of $60.00 would give me all I want for about $30.00 less than I pay now. I hope this is how Bell TV implements pick and pay next year. I can't wait!
One other thing. Did you check your math? 5 TSNS + 5 Sportsnets = 10 channels. 10 channels is not half of 30.