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Tbaytel to offer skinny cable package, but still mum on details

One of Thunder Bay's cable television providers says it is not obligated to create a so-called “skinny cable” package — but it has one in the works.
Tbaytel will launch its skinny cable package in April, a spokesperson said. (CBC)

One of Thunder Bay's cable television providers says it is not obligated to create a so-called "skinny cable" package — but it has one in the works.

Major cable companies had until today to release the details of a mandatory minimum-channel and price cable package.

Tbaytel has an exemption because it is a small provider, said Katie Crowe, manager of corporate brand communications.

"But we recognized through the 'let's talk tv' process that the CRTC did last year, that customers are looking for choice and smaller packages," she continued.

"So, we will actually be launching a skinny basic package."

The package is expected to be available in April. The channel offerings and price have not yet been determined.

"It would have just a core group of channels that make up a smaller cross section of the current basic package that providers do offer," Crowe said.

"It wouldn't have as many channels, would be at a price point that would probably be a lot less than the packages offered today."

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