The C.R.T.C.’s ruling on “reasonably priced” cable packages came into effect Tuesday. Cable providers must offer a $25 “skinny basic” option that focuses on Canadian content aswell as local channels.
The big 3 providers in Manitoba have introduced their packages and all of them charge a rental fee for HD boxes and receivers. Here’s what you’ll get:
MTS: 24 channels for $25 with a $3/month box rental fee
Channels include CBC, CTV and Global, as well as major American broadcasters like ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX.
Shaw: 36 channels for $25 with a $5/month box rental fee.
Channel selection is similar to MTS
Bell: 30 channels for $24.95 and a minimum $7/month fee for their HD receiver.
Really though, is anyone who gave up on cable going to go back to it now? Probably not.