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Canadians soon to see a la carte TV packages

Canada will force Pay-TV providers to offer a la carte packages to consumers with new legislation, according to Industry Minister James Moore

A few companies in the nation already offer their customers the ability to pick and choose the networks that they pay for.

A bill in the U.S. on the issue sponsored by Senator John McCain ruffled a few feathers, but hasn't progressed very far.

For the most part, the Pay-TV industry has held its model together, although the launch of a widely popular Internet TV service by a tech giant could be the game-changer if Congress stays idle.

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  • wyostocks
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    Long overdue for Americans to have the same options.
    14 Oct 2013, 02:42 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    Agreed, this is what the people want


    I'd actually consider getting cable again if this were available. Until then tons of us customers that cable is losing out on.
    14 Oct 2013, 02:48 PM Reply Like
  • Lakeaffect
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    Something congress might be able to handle? Nah.
    14 Oct 2013, 02:57 PM Reply Like
  • oaksprings
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    Lobbyist have too much cash to allow this very sensible bill to become law.
    14 Oct 2013, 03:28 PM Reply Like
  • vikchar
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    The one patently non-competitive and non-free-market service that is run more by Programmers, Broadcasters, and MVPDs to their benefit while screwing the subscriber. The ever present "lobbyist' will surely help, rather than hinder this cozy threesome in the corridors of Washington. At least we can dare to hope that it doesn't work in Ottawa - provided the politicians are not bought and paid for here too and a lame CRTC looks on.
    14 Oct 2013, 10:02 PM Reply Like
  • TwoFour24
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    Eastlink, headquartered in Nova Scotia, are the first cable provider to introduce a la carte programming. Here is their August 13,2013 news release:

    15 Oct 2013, 07:32 AM Reply Like
  • bob adamson
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    There may be unintended (at least by the consumers) consequences however.


    The range of quirky but interesting channels of cultural, wildlife, historical, regional, political and the like interest might likely shrivel. Free market purists will retort to this by saying that if such channels can't generate enough subscription revenue, then they should fail.


    Fair comment but a TV universe consisting of sports, crime, vampire, reality, broad comedy and similar shows will be a vapid place.
    18 Oct 2013, 09:10 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    I'd be happy with just sci-fi, science and some sports


    The 80% of reality shows and reality show competitions seem all the same
    18 Oct 2013, 09:36 PM Reply Like
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