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Comcast’s sneaky Broadcast TV fee hits $27, making a mockery of advertised rates

Sneaky Comcast fees rise again —

Comcast’s advertised prices do not include the ever-rising Broadcast TV or sports fees.

Jon Brodkin

A Comcast Service Van Seen From Behind.

Expand / A Comcast service van was parked on a residential street in Lafayette (California), September 28, 2021

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Comcast’s Broadcast TV fee, which isn’t listed in its advertised prices, is increasing again. It can add as much as $27 to the monthly cable TV bills. Comcast’s Broadcast TV, Regional Sports Network and other fees can add nearly $40 to a customer’s monthly TV bills after next month’s price hikes. However, Comcast advertises lower prices that people actually pay.

“Comcast began notifying customers, municipalities and others that it intends to raise video and audio. Internet Prices for next month will increase by $7.35 per lună, which includes a significant increase for Broadcast TV Fee in one Town.” TV Answer Man article Saturday’s announcement was made. Comcast reported that the $7.35 monthly increase was in Taunton Massachusetts. Comcast also stated that the Broadcast TV fee would rise from $18.65 up to $26.

The Broadcast TV Fee is increasing from $24.95 to $27.25 per Month, beginning December 20 in Sandown. New Hampshire. Let me know From Comcast to local government officials. The Regional Sports Network fee in Sandown is increasing from $11.85 – $12

TV Answer Man also reported that several Michigan towns were being “alerted” that the Broadcast Fee will go up from $14.80 and $20.70 per months, while the Regional Sports Fee will go up from $9.50 and $10.15 each month. These are just some examples of the price increases Comcast is making across the country.

Broadcast TV fees are added to customer bills in different regions. Comcast These fees are based upon the amount that broadcast stations charge us to have them on our cable networks. Comcast is required to pay. Retransmission consent fees Stations can be carried, but they cannot be Accessible free of charge An antenna can be used to transmit data over the air. Comcast and other cable companies sneakily pass these costs onto customers can cause bill shock and unexpected price rises.

Comcast’s advertised prices don’t include Broadcast TV or Regional Sports Network fees, even though these fees make up a large part of customers’ monthly bills. Comcast’s ordering page lists the base prices along with the message “extra” and “subject to alter.” Comcast doesn’t include the Broadcast TV or Regional Sports fees in its promotional pricing. They can, however, be increased even if a customer has not expired.

Comcast defends price hikes

Comcast stated in a letter to Sandown officials that rising programming costs were the main driver of price rises. This was primarily for sports and broadcast TV. Although we can absorb some of these costs these fees increases have an impact on the service pricing.

Comcast will also increase the base price of its monthly service plans. A statement from the company stated that the national average increase is 3.8 per cent. A Comcast spokesperson told Ars the 3.8 percent figure includes all the residential services—TV, InternetPhone lines. Comcast claimed that phone prices have not increased, so the TV and internet price are unchanged. Internet Price increases would exceed 3.8 percent.

Comcast blamed rising video programming costs for the price rises in its statement, but stated that overall increases were lower than the latest inflation rate.

Television networks and other video programmers are increasing their prices. Broadcast television and sports are the main drivers of rising customer bills. We will continue to work hard to control these costs for our clients while investing in our broadband infrastructure to offer the best and most reliable internet service. Internet We offer a wide range of video and connectivity options to our customers, so that they can choose the package that best suits their needs and fits their budget. The average national inflation rate has been 3.8 percent, which is roughly half of the latest rate.

Comcast spokeswoman also said that the “rest of the industry isn’t immune to the rising costs charged programmers because most of today’s popular streamers have taken recent prices increases as well.” However, streaming services are usually more affordable than Comcast’s advertised rates. They charge customers much less than they advertise.

Officials from Sandown requested that Sandown raise the base monthly rates for TV and radio. Internet Service and increases to various fees, in addition to the Broadcast TV or Regional Sports fees. The letter indicated that TV box fees would rise to $8.50 to $10 per month, modem rentals will increase to $14 to $15 per month, and home service visits will increase to $70 to $100.

Charter raises Broadcast TV Fee to $21

Many times, we have written about Comcast’s ever-increasing Broadcast TV fee and Regional Sports Network fees. Similar articles have been written about Charter Communications raising its Broadcast TV fee, and other rates. Charter does not impose a Regional Sports Network Fee.

Charter raises Spectrum home prices Internet This month Charter raised its standalone broadband prices by $5 to $79.99 per Month for 300Mbps download speeds, $99.99 per Month for 500Mbps download speeds, and $119.99 for 1Gbps. Charter also increased its Broadcast TV Fee in March Prices from $18 to $251 A month.

Disclosure: Advance Publications owns 12.4 percent Charter through the Advance/Newhouse Partnership. Advance Publications owns Condé Nast, which owns Ars Technica.

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