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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Comcast's advertised prices don't include ever-rising Broadcast TV and sports fees.



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...The Comcast "Broadcast TV" fee that isn't included in the company's advertised prices is rising again, tacking as much as $27 onto the monthly bills of cable TV users. Comcast's Broadcast TV and Regional Sports Network fees combined could add nearly $40 to a customer's monthly TV bill after next month's price hikes, all while Comcast advertises much lower prices than people actually pay.

"Comcast has started notifying customers and municipalities that it plans to raise video and Internet prices next month, including a whopping $7.35 a month increase for the Broadcast TV fee in one town," a TV Answer Man article said on Saturday. The $7.35-per-month increase is in Taunton, Massachusetts, where Comcast said the Broadcast TV fee will rise from $18.65 to $26.

The Broadcast TV fee is rising from $24.95 a month to $27.25 a month starting on December 20 in Sandown, New Hampshire, a letter from Comcast to town government officials said. In Sandown, the Regional Sports Network fee is rising from $11.85 to $12.

The TV Answer Man report also said several towns in Michigan were "alerted that the Broadcast Fee will rise from $14.80 to $20.70 a month while the monthly Regional Sports fee will go from $9.50 to $10.15." These are just a few examples as Comcast is raising prices nationwide....

None of the fees mentioned above seem to be mentioned in Comcast's advertised prices.

That's a rather significant [intentionally?] misleading omission by Comcast.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-29 12:12 PM | Reply

Remind me again why I dropped cable and never went back to it...

I do just fine with an antenna for the local weather and news and beyond that have little care about tv. Once in a great while I might watch a movie but that's rare. I don't watch enough tv to justify paying for reception. Another thing is I hate commercials. I'd rather turn it off than listen to them continually blaring out nonsense, trying to get you to spend money for something you don't want and don't need.

#2 | Posted by BBQ at 2022-11-29 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just another reminder that, if you pay for cable TV, you're subsidizing Fox News even if you never watch it. This is because Fox News commands "the highest carriage fees in cable news, because they use their viewers to harangue cable companies into paying whatever it is Fox is demanding."

Drop cable TV and save yourself some coin while helping to starve the GOP propaganda beast.

#3 | Posted by censored at 2022-11-29 03:16 PM | Reply

Quit TV all together and raise your IQ points. I did.

#4 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2022-11-29 03:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#4 ... uit TV all together and raise your IQ points. ...

Ya mean, no more NOVA?

I am crushed....

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-30 01:52 AM | Reply

(very) Tangentially related...

Tubes - What Do You Want From Life


What do you want from life?
To get cable TV
And watch it every night?

(fun tune, btw...)

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-11-30 02:15 AM | Reply

hmm...gave up cable t.v. years ago,
became a streamer with my Roku, and
never looked back.

HOWEVER... I do have Comcast Xfinity.
I shall have to pay more vigillant attention
once again to my Xfinity bill, now that
I see Comcast is back up to their 'money grubbing
ways'. Greed is such a blight on humanity...

#7 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-11-30 06:13 AM | Reply

My pwn cable RV and internet comes from C9mcast but I have istalled an antenna fur local TV channels so J will definitely be reviewing my Comcast statement and eliminating any fees for local channels bevause I am not receiving them through Comcast. I do appreciate ypur posting this informarion Lamplighter.I am a subscriber to Comcast but I have no love for that ompany, far from it.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2022-11-30 10:01 AM | Reply

"Comcast's statement on the price increases blamed the rising cost of video programming but said the overall increases are lower than the most recent inflation rate:"

Another reason why inflation is bad, indirectly. People use it as a tool to raise prices that don't need to be raised because, well, everyone else is doing it.

Also, if video programming costs are increasing which warrants increasing prices, why do prices not drop when video programming goes down in price. Specifically, HD and 4k. HD is STILL an extra charge on Spectrum at least, yet the reason for the charge was because when HD was new it cost more. But now the costs are much less compared to the ratio of the costs when HD was fledgling. In other words, the technology and programming costs of HD have become nominal, like SD was before HD, but they still continue to charge more for it. That was the biggest reason I left cable last year and went with streaming services who do not have the added cost of HD because HD was already around when most of the streaming services were born.

#9 | Posted by humtake at 2022-11-30 11:45 AM | Reply

Try watching MNF on Prime Video - crappy signal choppy as hell.

#10 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-11-30 12:53 PM | Reply

Agree with you there Legally...

Prime is terrible at live events.
Football is unwatchable on it.

#11 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-11-30 02:11 PM | Reply

Dumped Comcast for YouTube TV a couple of years ago and glad I did. Get all the local channels and 80+ more, ability to record, etc etc.

#12 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-11-30 06:54 PM | Reply

I only pay for internet, and get all my TV over the web. There is a normal desktop PC and I use the TV as its monitor. (The Windows logo screen is what comes up first.) Just using a web browser gets anything I want without involving Comcast, Spectrum, etc. You can even get European channels and most local stations. I switch between AT+T, and Google depending on price plans.
As a bonus, my "smart" TV is not connected to the net and listening to me. My concern is not the gub'rmint, but the marketing companies that are spying on my demographics via the smart-TV.

#13 | Posted by haphazard at 2022-12-01 07:50 AM | Reply

And this is why I dropped TV service from Comcrap. When I got their internet service they threw in TV for free as a bundle. They've been cranking the price up ever since, and lying to me about how much the contract would cost me. I'm stuck with their internet service for now, the only other option here is 6 megabit DSL. But in a few years I'll be able to switch to municipal fiber, and then it's bye bye Comcrap.

#14 | Posted by DarkVader at 2022-12-01 09:00 AM | Reply

Anyone that hasn't transferred over to YOUTUBETV or something similar, deserved to have their wallet raided by a corporation clinging to a dying industry.

#15 | Posted by ABH at 2022-12-01 09:58 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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