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Cable and satellite TV companies are now required to offer customers a basic service package for 25-dollars or less.

Consumers will be able to add individual channels, or bundles, to the so-called skinny basic services.

Technology Analyst Daniel Bader says while the new service gives viewers more options, they might end up not saving money.

"People don't realize how much the bundles and individual channels will cost on top of the $25-month-fee so they might end up paying more for fewer channels," said Bader.

Bader says customers can expect individual channels to cost between $4 and $7.

"When you're actually looking at the price of television, it's considerably more expensive to produce and distribute than Canadians think," said Bader.

Channel lineups must include at least 10 local stations, as well as educational programming and legislative channels where available.

Cable and satellite TV service providers also have the option of including American channels, but are not obligated to do so.

The "skinny" package requirement is part of new regulations adopted last year by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

Posted by Nicole Williams