Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dear CRTC - welcome to 1995

Dear CRTC,

Welcome to 1995. So, you're going to force television signal delivery corporations to offer more choices to their customers. 1995 called. They said you should have offered us that way back then.

Meanwhile, your new regulations mean absolutely nothing. The TV cable companies are on the precipice of disaster and they know it. Consumers are tired of paying the price to keep marginal content networks afloat just to get access to the few channels they want. So they're looking elsewhere. It's called the internet - maybe you've heard of it?

Roku, Apple, Slingbox and other set-top boxes are all offering leaner packages of programming and the big networks, especially the HBOs of the world, are partnering with them because they know that they'll pay less money to get to an audience. Once the cable cord-cutting starts in droves, cable TV as we know it will die an excruciating, loud, and dramatic death.

I mean really, if you gave me Netflix, HBO Now, and Hulu Plus (please come to Canada), and I can buy the rest on demand, what more do I need? Nothing. And that's what you'll be getting from me, Shaw Cable. Nothing. Soon. Enjoy the ride while it lasts.

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