Canada’s broadcast regulator is reminding the country’s television service providers that they must soon begin to offer and promote pick and pay cable and satellite TV packages.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission issued an information bulletin Wednesday to remind the telecoms that they must promote this service to consumers in less than two weeks.
So far, only two of the five major Canadian providers have released options to their customers.
Shaw has announced a $25 limited package with 40 channels. VMedia’s skinny package will offer 28 channels for $18.
Bell, Telus and Rogers have not released any basic packages, but aren’t required to do so until the March 1st deadline.
The CRTC will require all Canadian TV providers to offer a basic package of channels, priced at $25 or less, and either a small bundles of channels, or a la carte channel selection.
By December, these companies must offer all three options.
Channels in the basic package must meet the CRTC’s mandatory distribution list, including CBC, CTV and Global, along with aboriginal and minority English or French language channels.
At least 10 of the channels must be local or regional, including the community channel and broadcast of the provincial legislature, if available.