Canadian government considers end to bundled cable channels

The government wants to allow customers to buy only the channels they care about.

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The Canadian government is trying to change the way cable providers offer their programming, according to a Reuters report.

Canada's industry minister announced on Sunday that cable and satellite television providers soon will be required to offer individual channels to customers, rather than bundles that force customers to pay for channels they don't watch, according to reportedReuters

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The move flies in the face of how many cable and satellite providers offer their programming, which forces customers into packages that can include hundreds of channels. The Canadian government's idea is to allow customers to buy only the channels they care about and nothing else. Some of the country's providers already have started offering the à la carte service.

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