• Canada To Get Cable Choice – But Not USA

    by  • October 14, 2013 • Cable Choice • 2 Comments

    The Canadian government has announced that it will require pay-TV providers to allow customers to pay for only those channels they actually watch.

    According to The Canadian Press, Canada’s Minister of Industry James Moore said, “We don’t think people should be forced to buy bundled television channels when they’re not interested in watching those channels and those shows. We should have a pick-and-pay model when it comes to television channels.” Though he said the government does not intend to impose “onerous regulations,” Moore added that “the best interest of consumers need to be enforced in the marketplace.”

    Several Canadian pay-TV companies have already offered a limited degree of “pick-and-pay” which have been wildly successful with consumers; but the companies were not required to do so.  Now, the Canadian government will require Cable Choice of all pay-TV companies.

    In the U.S., the vast entertainment conglomerates have long resisted pressure for change, and allowing Americans the same freedom Canadians have. Senator John McCain has proposed similar legislation, the Television Consumer Freedom Act, but it has languished in the Senate since its introduction. 

    Canada’s government is standing up for the rights of its citizens not to be forced to pay for something they don’t want and never use. The question has to be asked: when will America’s?

    To learn more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/travel/Cable+satellite+services+must+offer+more+consumer+choice/9032481/story.html



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    2 Responses to Canada To Get Cable Choice – But Not USA

    1. Dana
      October 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      Here’s another reason I’m for Cable a la Carte: Most cable channels I pay for now have hopped on the channel-rot bandwagon. For example, Lifetime Movie Network, which used to boast “All movies all the time”, has now turned its weekend lineup into marathons of HORRIBLE SHOWS such as “I Killed MY BFF” and “Killer Kids”–which NO ONE wants to watch on LMN! Check out the LMN FB page and you’ll see!

    2. Marcie Cottrell
      October 18, 2013 at 5:07 am

      This is great. I’ve thought for a long time that it would be possible to allow people to buy only channels they want. I think they don’t want to let us because they can make more money by making us buy packages. Also, I believe they want to force the shows that have disgusting sexual content down our throats hoping to change our youth.

      Just a thought, if the government wants to allow people to pick and choose our television programming, why don’t they use that same standards and allow the people to choose the type of health care they want. Why force them to pay for the government health care. Oh yeah, I forgot, they did allow themselves to do that, just not us.

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