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CRTC sends message to television providers...

Postby kal » Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:54 am

Canada's broadcast regulator, the CRTC, has elected to renew cable company licenses for only a year, instead of the typical seven year period. It says that it wants to closely monitor the implementation of skinny TV packages and of pick-and-pay, which goes into effect December 1.

http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/crtc-chooses-to-renew-most-tv-provider-licenses-for-just-one-year-instead-of-usual-seven?__lsa=1d62-bc31
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Re: CRTC sends message to television providers...

Postby tuned » Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:38 pm

I have skinny basic from Shaw and wanted to add one extra channel that's not even in HD and cuts out a few times an hour. Cost? Three dollars for something that costs them pennies. A fair price would have been a dollar or less.

The entire media industry in Canada is a rip off of epic proportions. Rogers "roam like home". Charge you five bucks a day for something that costs them pennies and then convince you they're doing you a huge favor. If the CRTC "pick and pay" means I get to choose ten channels and pay thirty bucks a month for them it's a waste of everyone's time. Canadian media companies have quasi-monopolies on what are fast becoming utility services and the regulators just keep letting them gouge the public. Whatever money Shaw is losing on the cable side they are making up by jacking up internet rates.

Shaw acquiring WIND is another bad deal for consumers. It's just a matter of time before they start fleecing Canadian consumers just like Rogers, Bell and Telus. Shaw is touting their new LTE network for WIND customers but no WIND customers will be able to access the faster service without getting a new phone. I am willing to bet the technology they are using is cheaper to build out than the existing LTE that's compatible with phones that are three or four years old. So Shaw is downloading the cost of building a network by forcing their customers to invest in new hardware. Then when they are on the hook for a new phone Shaw will start jacking up rates and justifying it with "faster service".
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Re: CRTC sends message to television providers...

Postby kal » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:46 pm

The full CRTC decision can be read here:

http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2016/2016-458.htm
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