Pick-and-pay channels get warm reception

Ghazaleh Goldar says she'll welcome changes which will allow consumers to pick and pay for...

Ghazaleh Goldar says she'll welcome changes which will allow consumers to pick and pay for channels. (DAVE THOMAS, QMI Agency)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

TORONTO - If Canada’s cable and satellite providers are looking for customers who like the status quo on their TV dial, Yonge St. was not the place to be Monday afternoon.

The federal government is set to announce changes this week to the way Canadian’s can “pick and pay” for cable and satellite channels. It will mean that channel bundle deals now foisted on consumers by companies will be on their way out.

Ryerson student Ghazeleh Goldar couldn’t be happier.

Standing outside of a Rogers Plus location on Yonge St., she vented frustration about her current cable channel line-up and service. When asked if the change was welcome, Goldar didn’t skip a beat.

“Oh yeah, absolutely,” she said. “It’s about time.”

Goldar, and friend Aria Sheikhtaheri reacted with surprise to news that the federal government will forge ahead with plans to force firms like Rogers and Bell to break up their bundles and offer consumers access to only what they want.

"If they offered more of the channels I wanted for less, that would be cool," Sheikhtaheri said. "The way it's done now isn't fair."

Industry Minister James Moore told CTV's Question Period on Sunday that Canadians should have the right to choose their channels on. Some Canadian companies have already begun offering the new packages.


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