Shaw has released its “skinny” TV service, making it the first of Canada’s major cable companies to do so.
By March 1, all Canadian TV providers must offer a basic package of channels for $25 or less a month, in order to comply with Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulations.
Shaw’s offering is called the “Limited TV Package” and will cost $30 per month when the $5 monthly rental of a basic HD box is added. It’s 42 channels, but that number includes HD versions of the same channel.
Although none of the other major cable providers have shown their more affordable packages, they will be required to reveal their $25 or less plans by March 1st.
The CRTC has launched a search tool on its website, to enable customers to find television, Internet, mobile and phone service providers in their area. Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, of CRTC issued the following statement:
“During our consultations with Canadians, we have heard repeatedly that consumers crave choice and affordability when it comes to choosing communication services. We listened to what Canadians told us and many of our recent decisions have an important common thread: choice and sustainable competition. We know this is how we can ensure Canadians benefit from a world-class communications system. The new online tool that we are introducing today will help Canadians select service providers that make the most sense for their needs, their budgets and their realities.”
You can find the search tool here.