Most Canadians will likely tell you they pay too much for cable TV, others are fine with the charges.
But as of tomorrow all cable service providers must offer their customers access to a “skinny basic” TV package costing no more that $25 a month as mandated by the CRTC.
Shaw released theirs a week or so ago, without making too much noise, but the media gave it a little attention. Not much, 25 bucks a month for 30-ish channels, some double up with standard definition & replicates in HD.
It’s nothing fancy… though that’s the point.
The gear… it costs more. Then you can add packages if you want.
I’d say most companies are reluctant to have to offer this as it chews into their bottom line.
Which is why if you want to watch Game Of Thrones so much, you’ll hand over $20 a month for HBO and it’s sister channel, like I do. Seriously I want to find out what happens to John Snow… who doesn’t?
Bell have been busted telling staff to never talk about the package unless a customer initiates the discussion, according to some training documents.
The Bell training document states: “Do not promote the Starter TV package. There will be no advertising, and this package should only be discussed if the customer initiates the conversation.”
One Bell employee who has seen the document told CBC News over the weekend that he believes that Bell’s aim is to make the basic “Starter” package as unattractive as possible. He claims that’s because the company wants customers investing in pricier deals.
Cheeky right? But also not illegal.
We’re yet to see what Telus, Novus & Delta Cable will be offering, but remember if you want to save dollars, you can from tomorrow.
Tomorrow ring your provider and ask them for details. They will have to provide them, but be prepared to dig, because it seems that some companies are treating this like a dirty little secret.
It’s a dirty little secret that you as a consumer in the country are entitled to, so don’t be afraid to ask for it.
We still pay some of the highest wireless cell phone rates & internet rates in the world, so this is a win for people who are on a budget.
Bell doing their best to try and hide this is a punch in the face to consumers, and not the first time they had the finger pointed at them over this.
Back in April of last year the then bell President Kevin Crull was forced to resign after he intervened in news coverage at the company’s television stations.
Crull, was furious about the CRTC’s March 2015 decision to introduce “pick-and-pay” options for TV channels.
He then stupidly called CTV News president Wendy Freeman and ordered her to exclude CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais from coverage on Bell-owned networks live CTV, CTV news Network & CP24
Freeman ignored her company’s president, as any news director should, then her senior journalists defied the order on a newscast later that night and reported the facts.
Crull was eventually removed from his position.