More than 66,000 Canadians have already signed up to the new basic TV package

GATINEAU, QC, April 15, 2016 /CNW/ - In just five weeks, more than 66,000 Canadians have already signed up for the new basic television package, according to data collected by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). In addition, more than 1 out of 3 of these Canadians have also taken advantage of the new packaging options by subscribing to individual channels, small packages or both.

On March 1, 2016, Canada's licensed television service providers began offering a new basic package that costs no more than $25 per month. The companies also began offering either the option to pay for individual channels ("pick-and-pay") or small packages of no more than 10 channels.

The CRTC recently asked Access Communications, Bell, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, Rogers Communications SaskTel, Shaw Communications, TELUS and Vidéotron to provide data on the number of subscribers that have subscribed to the new basic television package.

The CRTC reminds Canadians that television service providers will be required to offer full pick-and-pay starting on December 1, 2016.

For more information on the new television options, please see: "Affordable basic TV package, small TV packages and pick-and-pay TV channels."

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SOURCE Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

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