Why the CRTC’s $25 ‘skinny basic’ package may not work

So Canadians will have “affordable access” to a bunch of network and educational and government TV channels they have shown less and less interest in watching anyway.

What a breakthrough! (That was sarcasm, in case you missed it.)

That was my first reaction when news came from the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) on Thursday that by the end of 2016, cable and satellite providers will be forced to offer a “skinny basic” package costing no more than $25 per month.


Broadcasters to feel the pain from CRTC ‘pick-and-pay’ TV ruling

“This is essentially the government or the CRTC encouraging the industry to move towards an online distribution model,” said Greg MacDonald, head of research at Macquarie Capital Markets Canada. “What happens when that’s the case is that companies lose pricing power and the potential for subscriber risk also increases, because it increases the options customers have.”

Desjardins Securities’ Maher Yaghi suggested customers would gravitate toward the pick-and-pay model. “You’re going to have so many more options to get TV online that you don’t need to have your TV stocked up with all the channels,” Mr. Yaghi.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I had to pick and pay when I wanted to get SunTV.
    Worth every penny.
    I want the choice for the rest.
    If they go dark, too then aw shucks.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    pffft……..cable tv is for suckers. There’s nothing on, except for 500 repeat channels of City Tv and Slice. $60 a month is a lot to pay if all you’re watching is COPS and reruns of MASH or All in the Family.

    Spend $10 and go with Hulu or Shomi. Smarten up you old geezers!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Shomi is a dumb name.

      • BillyHW

        And it’s full of trannies.

    • mauser 98

      then the gigabyte rate for internet goes thru roof

      • Uncle_Waspy

        If you get the unlimited data package, it’s not an issue.

        • mauser 98

          will look into it

    • Strnj1

      “Old geezer smartened up” in his twenties when there was no alternative…

      I got fed up with being treated like trash by cable companies…

      Ripped the cable off of my second house when I moved in.

      Had a cable company rep accuse me of stealing cable a couple years ago. I told her that she could walk the circumference of the house and if she found a cable other than the Verizon Fios for phone and internet, I’d pay them double what they think I owe them.

      She had this blank look on her face for a few minutes and then proceeded to try to sell me cable as I slowly closed the door in her face…

      The money I saved was invested along with money I saved by cutting other things that I really didn’t need and getting rid of debt…

      To give you an Idea, there are lawyers on retainer, now, to deal with entities like the gal above if she wanted to bring her company in on it…

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    As an electronic engineering technologist I find pictures like this fascinating.
    See the control buttons on that monster?
    Everyone had them in those days.
    There are only so many people who sell controls.

  • lolwut?

    What’s a TV?

  • Speaksvolumes

    Netflix. Change your DNS so you can access the U.S. version and you’re all set. $8/month.

    What’s a tv?

  • simus1

    The real problem is there are 1000 cable TV channels in place that really aren’t worth anything to anyone going forward.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      As I was driving home from work after this announcement there was some spokesman on the radio saying this will result in job losses.
      Well, too bad.
      Cable has been regulatory graft for over thirty years.
      Stealing from people to fund marginal programming.
      Maybe they should have gotten jobs as sociology professors.
      Oh, wait…

  • ontario john

    Don’t worry, according to the cbc the whiny indian channel will be part of the skinny package. So you can still feel guilty about being in this country 24 hours a day.

    • Strnj1

      Lie-awatha has her own channel…??

  • Ed

    If there is a single channel that is mandatory in the “skinny pack” I won’t buy.