The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission are giving a deadline to cable and satellite providers to give more options to subscribers.
According to the CRTC, they must provide a skinny basic packages priced at $25 a month or a pick-and-pay service to consumers by March 1, 2016.
The CRTC laid out the timeline on Thursday, saying providers must provide one of the alternatives by March 1, and both by Dec. 1, 2016.
The basic packages will include channels on the CRTC mandatory distribution list, including Global, CBC, CTV, aboriginal and minority language channels, and a group of American channels, and local channels in each service area.
Customers will then be able to supplement the basic package with individual channels, or small bundled cable packages.