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Canada Makes Cable, Satellite Companies Unbundle Channels

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Canada has banned cable and satellite providers from offering channels in bundles. That means you would be able to pick the specific channels you actually want instead of paying for 200 channels to get the 15 you actually watch.

I love this idea. I haven’t counted exactly, but I I could get by on about 12 to 20 channels. ESPN is the most expensive channel for TV providers, charging an estimated $6 per subscriber. Other regional networks are on the higher end, but the next closest one to ESPN is TNT at $1.16.

Cable networks would perhaps charge more for their channels. ESPN said that they would likely go from charging around $6 per household to $30 for their programming if this happened in the United States. That’s fine with me. I wouldn’t buy it anyway. I almost never watch ESPN anymore, unless the Vikings are on Monday Night Football or there’s a 30 for 30 documentary I’m interested in.

In the 1990′s ESPN was all about highlights and entertaining you while giving you the highlights and information about the teams and players. It was must see sports TV. Now they have taken the debate element of sports radio and replaced viable sports highlights with talking head arguments with some of the most obnoxious personalities in the history of television.

So give me the four local channels, AMC, Military Channel, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports 1, Nick Jr and Disney for the kids, and then I think I’d be all set.

But, if you could only have one channel, what would it be? Leave yours in the comment box below.

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