A report appearing on the CRTC's website Friday indicated that Canadian television service providers are offering more choice and flexibility than ones in the United States in selected markets. The study, done by Ottawa-based business consultant David Keeble, studied TV offerings in three markets in Canada, which he contrasted with three comparable markets in the U.S. "On the evidence gathered in this report, Canadian BDUs offer the consumer more flexibility than their American counterparts," the report said. Looking at the Vancouver market, the report found that 30 per cent of the channels offered by Shaw Communications Inc.'s cable service were available as pick-and-pay options, while this was true for five per cent of those offered by BCE Inc.'s satellite service. The report compared Vancouver to the Seattle market, where it found no availability of pick-and-pay options from Comcast Corp.'s cable service, and four per cent of the selection offered in DirecTV's satellite service was available on this basis. The report also compared Ottawa, Ont. against Phoenix, Ari., and Canning, N.S. with Marked Tree, Ark. In those comparisons, Keeble found the Canadian operators offered more flexibility in terms of what is available on a pick-and-pay basis, and by way of a theme packs as opposed to a basic and large packages. In April, the CRTC endorsed a pick-and-pay model in Canada, and will have a public hearing on this and other potential changes to TV regulations on Sept. 8.