updated 01:15 pm EDT, Mon October 14, 2013
Industry minister calls for changes
The Canadian government is reportedly preparing to establish new regulations that will force cable TV companies to offer unbundled channels. Several cable services already offer "a la carte" pricing for individual channels, however comments from the country's industry minister, James Moore, suggests the government will mandate the service option as part of a broader consumer-protection strategy.
"We don't think it's right for Canadians to have to pay for bundled television channels that they don't watch," Moore said in an interview with CTV that was quoted by Reuters. "We want to unbundle television channels and allow Canadians to pick and pay the specific television channels that they want."
US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) earlier this year introduced similar legislation as part of the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013, though the proposal focuses on incentives to promote voluntary adoption rather than requiring cable and satellite companies to change their business models.
Moore has yet to fully detail the Canadian government's proposed regulations.