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Canada Prepares To Force Cable Companies To Provide Cheaper, A La Carte TV

In March of last year, Canadian regulators announced they were combating high TV prices by trying something new: forcing the country's cable companies to offer "a la carte" (pick your own individual channels) TV. The CRTC's full ruling declared that by March 2016, all Canadian TV providers must provide a $25, discounted base bundle, letting users pick and choose individual channels beyond that. A la carte has long been a popular idea in both Canada and the States, where in the latter users receive on average 189 channels -- but usually only watch about 18 of them.

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