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Having the Parfait Bilingue Extra @ $51,99 + HD combo $10,99 + Sports Choice $4,99 totaling $67,97 before tax's... It just kills me to pay this much for TV when living in Mtl when i know that the other company in QC (Videotron/Bell) offers pretty much the similar thing for $55. I've requested a Bilingual Digital Value Pack and/or a similar pick 15/20/30 channels with the base plan. This is a message for SD to take a look at the competition out here in QC, and make there packages competitive with the other service providers out here...
 

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The following is speculation while chatting with an SD CSR, nothing official by SD.

I was chatting with a SD csr a few days ago about offering a 15-20-30 à la carte package like Videotron and Bell. He said Shaw is negotiating with the channels for this. They must negotiate with every channels for this. Some might never accept to be on à la carte packages. Like any negotiation, there is no promise of even being able to reach an agreement nor a time frame for this. One of the problems encountered is that some of the channels are owned by or by companies with close ties to the competition. For example he talked of how hard it was to get Sportsnet because Rogers wanted it only for their cable service. I mentioned Astral Media and he responded they are closely associated with Bell. I think the will is there for a 15-20-30 à la carte, but the goal will not be easily reached.
 

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I am in the same boat ACYPHERX,

I also got a phone call from Bell yesterday offering me 4 receivers and installation for free for 1st year for me to switch, My monthly bill after the first year would still be lower because of the a la carte offering...

I prefer shaw direct customer service but it is getting difficult to not make the switch, not counting that my other service are with Bell and would benefit for getting everything together...

The one thing I have notice for me is that Speed is not offered in the a la carte at Bell and it is not offered in HD also, still I don't think this is enough of a reason for not consider the switch...
 

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I assume you'll be paying rental on the 4 receivers after the first year? Is this cost factored in?
Having all your services at Bell is not always the best choice.
Did you check how much you would save by moving your other Bell services instead to competitors?
As an example, Teksavvy home phone is much less expensive than Bell's. Especially if you have caller id or voice mail. $25.71 with caller id, after taxes for residential phone. Bell just raised caller id to $10.95 per month plus last time I was with them they had a network fee with long distance plans. A long distance "no plan" is 2.9¢ a minute anytime, no network fee. I hear some people are satisfied with Videotron when they bundle all 4 common services.
 

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thanks for the tip,

I was offered that after the first year I would pay $10 for 1 receiver HD and $20 for HDPVR. The other 3 Standard receiver were free. The buy option wasn't great for the HD receiver (nothing special but installation for the 4 receivers and the dish was free).

Switching to Teksavvy or other similar service is an option that I have looked in the past but they are cap at 5 Mbps download last time I checked, I believe this is a CRTC related decision. I presently have 7 Mbps with bell. I use Netflix at times and I have 4 PCs in my house so I want to make sure I get that speed to try to limit potential issues, I have 60 GB limit with Bell and I don't get close to that for now but it can change in the future especially with more and more streaming being available.

By the way, I am not a fan of Bell, I hate their customer service but I rarely have to deal with them. I just like that we can pick and choose channels getting more freedom. This is what I would like Shawdirect to offer...my last bill with them with tax is 101$, starting to be a bit too much, I want to lower my bill and still get the channels I like watching.

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Try Le Classique

I recently switched from a mostly english "Digital Basic" package to the rather new+more bilingual "Le Classique" package which is what SD is offering to counter Videotron/Bell offerings and only available in Quebec.
As an Anglo Montrealer I found it crazy that I couldn't watch local CBC ch.6 news or V Tele or LCN if I wanted under the old restrictive package.
Advantage of le classique is you can add anything to it, and with a low base price ($20) I added Sports Choice($5)+US Superstations($2) for a total of $30.73 taxes in.The variety is quite large in both languages and I still get RDS HD for Habs games.You can always add more HD content or specific theme packages/Pick 'n Pay channels if there is something you really need.
Can only be ordered by phone.View the package contents on the french side of the SD website.
 
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