Skinny basic cable packages are here

Skinny basic cable packages are here

The bare-bones TV offerings cost around $25

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Starting today, all Canadian TV providers must offer low-price “skinny” basic cable packages, as mandated by the CRTC. Bare-bones packages must come with the option of topping up and enhancing with pick-and-pay channels.

Click here to view the channels Rogers is offering as part of its skinny basic cable package.

Click here to view the channels Rogers is offering as part of its skinny basic cable package.

The Rogers basic package costs $25 and offers a basic suite of Canadian channels like City, CBC, CTV and Global, plus mandatory carriage channels like CPAC and a few major U.S. offerings including ABC and NBC. The package does not include any 24-hour news channels or specialty offerings for sports fans or movie buffs. Additional theme channel packs can be added to the standard package for anywhere between $3 to $18. Sports fans can snag the Sportsnet Plus or TSN Plus set of about eight channels for $18 each, while Canadian news junkies can pay $5 for CTV News, BNN and CP24.

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Last week, Shaw introduced its $25 “Limited TV” package, offering about 38 channels. Shaw customers can add five more channels of your choosing to the package for an additional $15 per month. they will also offer theme packs: You can add a Sportsnet and TSN combo to its skinny basic programming for $14, or pay $8 for a collection of either. Movie and lifestyle channel packages cost $6 each.

Bell’s “Starter” Fibe TV cable package starts at $24.95 and comes with 20 mandatory Canadian channels and no U.S. channels. You can pick individual channels to add to the package for $4 each.

Disclaimer: Rogers is a parent company of MoneySense 

This article was updated Mar. 1, 2016.