Pick and pay: CRTC to unveil changes to how TV channels are packaged, sold

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is set to unveil new rules governing how cable and satellite service providers package and sell access to channels.

The decision is the latest result from the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearings held in the fall.

The Harper government has been pushing the regulator to allow for a so-called pick-and-pay system that allows consumers to choose and pay only for the individual channels they want.

However, the CRTC hinted late last summer that it would be open to a pick-and-pay option built on top of a trimmed-down mandatory service the industry has dubbed skinny basic.

In a discussion framework released in August, the regulator suggested a price cap of between $20 and $30 could be imposed on basic TV packages.

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