Tens of thousands of Canadians are changing up their cable tv packages.
The CRTC says 66 thousand consumers have signed up for the new basic TV packages in the five weeks since cable and satellite service providers were forced to offer them.
Service providers including Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Cogeco began offering the new basic packages as of March 1 under new rules that cap the cost of service at $25 per month.
The CRTC also required service providers to offer either individual “pick and pay” channels or small bundles of no more than 10 channels.
Some consumers have complained about the new basic packages, even characterizing them as a “ripoff,” because service providers take away bundling and other discounts offered with more expensive service options.