Toronto-based VMedia is offering internet users a “skinny basic” package over Roku devices that replicates a cable connection, more or less exactly. There’s a TV guide, a full schedule, and you can flip channels, which include CBC, CTV, CityTV and the big U.S. networks: NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox, plus others.
The service has a number of advantages over traditional cable. For one thing, it’s way cheaper. VMedia’s 20-channel package is only $17.95 per month, which is even lower than the CRTC’s mandated cap of $25 for traditional skinny basic TV.