Canadians now have a choice of keeping their beefy cable or satellite T-V services, or trimming down their service to what’s being dubbed “skinny basic.”
Effective Tuesday, cable and satellite T-V companies must offer their customers a slimmed-down basic service for 25 dollars or less.
Ian Morrison with Friends of Canadian Broadcasting says while some consumers will benefit from lower prices in the short term, the move will eventually result in less variety.
The new basic channel package requirement is part of a range of new regulations adopted last year by the country’s broadcast regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
Channel lineups must include at least 10 local or regional stations, as well as educational programming and legislative channels where available.
But while the service providers don’t have to include U.S. networks, some are offering them.