I've seen this in the United States. I think it's a bait and switch tactic by the cable companies. From my vantage point it appears the cable companies are trying to load up the basic channels with home made amateur hour programming while slowly moving all the quality programming to the next higher tier to get you to pay for it again. "57 Channels and Nothin' On" was the whole point, to borrow a Bruce Springstein line.. And of course, they attempted to create the same tiered pay structure for the internet but were foiled by the latest net neutrality decision in the states, thank goodness. I wouldn't pay for cable anyway. I'm just fine watching internet lectures all day. They think people, and unfortunately most are, blind to what's happening to them. People are missing that whole concept of "Pay-Per-View" is a redundancy. We already are paying for entertainment, people, remember? And not only that, we are paying for entertainment that is ad supported. Hmmm, I seem to remember when paid television was first introduced it was going to eliminate commercials because we the viewers, were paying for it, not any corporate sponsors. And here we are paying for television with commercials and then paying yet again to watch the "really good special programs". The cable companies must think the general public is a bunch of idiots. The people who see through all the shenanigans have got to shake people to wake them up.