Canada’s TV providers are required to phase in the CRTC’s latest basic package rules on Thursday.
The first set of regulations previously rolled out in March of this year, requiring TV service providers to offer basic cable packages for no more than $25 a month.
Customers also had to be given the option of either adding channels to subscriptions à-la-carte or through pre-packaged bundles of no more than 10 channels.
As of Dec. 1, TV service providers are required to offer consumers both choices.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and consumer advocacy group OpenMedia say they will both follow-up to ensure the latest “skinny” cable-package rules are implemented.
Some of Canada’s largest cable companies were previously accused of finding loopholes in the system.
Canadians complained of TV providers selling skinny packages combined with Internet services, denying bundle discounts, hidden fees, and dull channel lineups in the bundle options.
The CRTC has responded with a number of suggestions to help companies act in the best interest of consumers.