Is your cable bill written in a shifty way? In a move to make cable tv and satellite bills clearer for consumers, last week the CRTC launched a new industry code that companies will have to adhere to when billing customers.

According to the CRTC, the new bill will, among other things, require companies to be clearer on how long promotional offers will run, and how much the price for services covered by a promotional offer will rise once the offer is finished.

The CRTC says that some TV providers resisted the new rules during the consultation process and wanted them to be made voluntary, but that these requests remained unfulfilled.

Which is good news for consumers. Some of those bills are as cryptic as a New York Times crossword puzzle.

In addition to covering promotional offers, the Code will also address new rules regarding trial periods for persons with disabilities, changes to programming options, service calls, service outages, disconnection of service and new regulations related to how companies outline taxes and additional fees such as early contract cancellations, on their bills.

Changes will come into effect on 1 September 2017, following a draft version that was outlined last March as part of the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” hearings held in late 2014.