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Heritage Minister asks CRTC to report on pick-and-pay television services

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VANCOUVER – Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover says she has asked the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to prepare a report on so-called pick-and-pay television services.

Glover says the agency has until April 30 to deliver the report, including the steps the commission plans to take toward unbundling TV services.

The broadcast regulator has urged cable and satellite companies to adopt a consumer choice pricing model and unveiled new regulations in 2011 aimed at preventing television providers from restricting consumer choice.

Last month, the CRTC launched consultations on the future of television in Canada.

Industry Minister James Moore has said previously that government will force TV providers to stop “bundling” cable and satellite channels.

Glover says she will wait to see the report but believes consumers will have more choice and better service under a new regime.