Cable & Telecom

Sluggish start for new skinny basic TV packages

GATINEAU – Some 66,000 Canadians, or just 0.5% of Canadian television households, have signed up for the new slimmed down basic TV programming packages five weeks after they debuted, the CRTC said Friday.The Commission asked ten of the country’s biggest TV service providers - Access Communications, Bell, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw, Telus and Vidéotron, to add up subscribers to their new basic television packages.  These ‘skinny basic’ packages, priced at $25 or less, debuted March 1st  amidst great fanfare touting choice and affordability.TV service providers also began offering either pick-and-pay for individual channels or small packages of no more...