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Broadcast Fees & Regional Sports Fees

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What's with Comcast charging me $7 in Broadcasting fees for basically them to pickup a signal to broadcast. And second a regional sports fee of $5 is this because they own ESPN but regardless that's $12 on my bill monthly & $144 a year add that per customer times millions and Comcast is making a bundle yearly on these charges which to me we shouldn't be charged for in the first place. These charges are unfair and from what I heard Comcast is being sued for these actions. JoeS69
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The broadcast fee is a charge to recoup the price they pay to get the signal from the big 3 and other broadcasters. It is charged by all providers (AT$T, DirectTV Dish etc) The sports fee is for sports related programming in your package and again recoups costs associated with aquiring content to broadcast. Most, if not all providers charge this fee also. This fee can be avoided only if your package does not contain sports related material. Niether fee is waivable (ie mandatory)

 

I believe Disney owns ESPN, not Comcast, either way the fee is for all sports content, not just ESPN. There may be lawsuits out there, but nothing has been resolved AFAIK.

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Hi JoeS69. The Regional Sports Fee is an itemized charge that recovers a portion of the costs of broadcasting multiple regional sports networks to our standard video services. The fee applies to XFINITY TV customers receiving Digital Starter and above, as well as Starter Latino TV/XFINITY TV 450 Latino service tier. 

The Broadcast TV Fee is an itemized charge that recovers a portion of the costs of re-transmitting broadcast television signals. Broadcast stations have the right to charge for their signals, and cable provides like Comcast end up paying substantial fees in order to carry them. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid the charges. 

 

 




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I will add here that all of the major cable companies charge customers these fees, including AT&T/Direct TV, and Dish.  So, it's not just Comcast.




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If you leave in a city area, get an indoor antenna and receive free TV (rural areas have less choices). Thay are only ISP in town so I am stuck so I have to get their internet. However, I will use HuluPlus and get all the channels I want and more for $50 less than the monopolistic Comcast

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Hi Joe,
I'm considering a class action lawsuit against Comcast. I'm doing research about it. Would you be interesting ?