Do we need to start with an essential package before adding more channels? Could we not just choose packages or single channels? I really don't use any of the essential channels.
There is a base cost to providing the service which is recouped through the Essentials or Lite packages. You can add channels from there. The CRTC requirement includes building from a basic plan, stating: "You can now subscribe to an affordable basic TV package that costs no more than $25 per month (not including equipment). You also have more options to add to that service as TV service providers must offer channels both individually and in packages of up to 10 channels."
Also, remember the CRTC decision was about giving Canadians more choice, not necessarily about bringing bargains. The media at the time clearly pointed out the double-edged sword we face. Unbundling works well for those who want few extra channels, but the bundles may still be a good choice for those looking for broad entertainment options.
The times are changing however and TELUS has done nothing but raise prices and offer really not much more. People are forced to pay for Essentials when in fact more than half of them watch other channels. Internet has moved a long way and many people are opting to cancel TV Optic services and just stream channels through the internet. There is already a huge business and money hogging through Internet prices that are unjustifiably way overpriced. Don't kid us by telling us that you got to cover the salaries to the server administrators and network administrators and thus need to have 45$ internet prices, that is just bogus. Half of the time if not more, these servers are untouched or un-serviced by any staff and work for years without any adjustments.
Fact is, more and more people are going to be cancelling TV Optic services and elect to actually choose what they want to watch and what they want to pay for. Millions are already doing it through YouTube and other live streaming websites that are FREE or much, much cheaper than a 38$ slap in the face Essential package.
In addition, your sports package that includes TSN 2, TSN 3, TSN 4, TSN 5, on most days is a huge misconception to new customers as on most days, these channels broadcast the same sporting event at the SAME TIME. That alone is a huge slap in the face to new customers as they are completely unaware by this and completely manipulated.
TELUS really needs to restructure their TV Optic TV bundles and channel offerings because what they are doing is simply disgusting, thank God more and more people are realizing this.