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Canada Gives Cable Consumers Choice

PTC Says U.S. Should Follow Canada’s Example

Release Date: 3/21/2015

LOS ANGELES (March 19, 2015) – The Parents Television Council praised the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for ruling today that cable and satellite providers must offer subscribers a way to choose and pay for only the networks they want. “Oh Canada -- what an historic day for your cable customers! Today’s announcement by the CRTC allows our friends to the north the freedom to choose and pay only for the cable networks they want. Let’s have that same freedom here in the US-of-A,” said PTC President Tim Winter. “America should follow Canada’s shining example and give cable customers real freedom of choice in this country. Congress and the FCC could craft such a solution, or the cable industry could implement change on its own. Either way, Americans are fed up with the bloated programming bundle. Consumers are cutting the cord and services like Apple TV and Sling are being offered, making it clear that the current cable model cannot continue. “If ‘Cable Choice’ were to happen in the U.S., cable networks would be forced to compete for the consumers’ business, instead of perpetuating the cartel-like powers they currently hold. ‘Cable Choice’ is the ultimate free market solution to this problem and would help control costs for consumers in this country. It would also allow parents and families not to be forced to underwrite graphic, explicit and increasingly pornographic content in order to receive the programming they do want coming into their homes. That’s a winning solution.”

The Parents Television Council® (www.parentstv.org) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media.

This national grassroots organization has more than 1.4 million members, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children.

The PTC™ also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

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To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 307-9404 or email at kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.