Skinny cable packages are now available in Canada. The CRTC has announced they are holding a hearing, however, to ensure that the $25 basic packages are not being made to look “deliberately unattractive” by the major companies offering them.

The CRTC has announced that it is concerned major TV service providers are purposely trying to steer customers towards more expensive cable packages and away from their skinnier, cheaper offerings. In light of this, major TV providers have been told by the federal regulator to attend a hearing being held on September 7 th , 2016, on the subject.

In order to renew their broadcast licences, the major service providers will have the opportunity at the hearing to convince the CRTC that new skinny packages actually follow both the regulations and the spirit of the CRTC’s new basic cable policy.

The skinny packages were introduced this spring as a way of guaranteeing consumers aren’t forced to pay for dozens of channels they do not intend to watch, to obtain those they do.

If you would like to comment on the issue, you can do so by:
  • filling out the online form,
  • writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A ON2, or
  • sending a fax to (819) 994-0218.

Public comments are being accepted by the CRTC until June 23 rd , 2016.