One key factor overlooked is people in apartment/condo buildings who are not permitted to have OTA antennas, and this number is huge number.I see the average customer for Skinny Basic as follows:
1. Lives too far away from a major city to get a good selection of OTA channels.
2. Lost 1 or more Canadian OTA channels during the digital transition. One of those was almost certainly the CBC with the next most likely being CTV.
3. Sick of repeated price hikes and gouging by BDUs.
4. Don't want overpriced "basic" packages that include dozens of unwanted, low quality channels or dozens of identical network channels.
5. Tired of paying for channels that are never watched because they milk the current TV packaging system by showing low quality content that mostly consists of endless reruns of the same content.
6. Tired of programming dilution by broadcasters spinning off unnecessary new channels that increase revenue for themselves while generating no value for BDU customers.
7. Don't mind waiting a year for a series to show up on a more affordable service such as Netflix.
It's not necessary to subscribe to skinny basic (or any BDU service) to get a PVR or DVR. OTA PVRs can be purchased and many people here have built their own, myself included. Done right, they are cheaper and more reliable than a proprietary PVR that must be purchased at full price with skinny basic.but it's nice to have a PVR