CRTC to force continued bundling upon Canadian cable operators

The Globe and Mail has carried a number of articles during the past several days about a recent Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision that would force Canadian cable companies to continue bundling analog specialty channels into tiers until sometime between 2010 and 2013. So while Canadian cable customers can currently pick and choose individual specialty digital channels, they must continue to purchase analog speciality channels in bundles by tier. While this approach may help prop up certain Canadian channels that would otherwise sink, it will make it more difficult for Canadian cable tv and satellite operators to compete with the new competition that they will likely be facing from IP TV competitors.