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No Longer a mystery....
Just completed a chat with customer support and:
According to the representative, the change was made by the broadcaster and not by Xfinity. This is interesting because, per my research, Syfy (formerly Sci-Fi Channel and Sci Fi) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel is owned by the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. (Xfinity)
So They are charging us more because they feel they can and blaming one of their subsidiaries for the change? Interesting....
Although they may be parts of the same company, they act independently. ALL of the media companies are moving more and more to a PPV or separate streaming service (CBS All Acess for example) since it makes THEM more money.
You are correct, they are parts of the same company and do act independently. The point is, if, we as customers of the parent company, pay a significant fee for services, that company should take responsibility for the changes and communicate them in advance. To blame a "broadcaster" blankly implies no relationship at all and is not completely true as well as short sighted.
Comcast making changes without any notification to its paying customers in not an excusable offense.
Maybe its time for a change....
Also, Battlestar Galactica aired a few years ago. It's unusual for an older series to be free these days unless it's airing in repeats on the host network.
The last couple weeks I had re-watched up until Season 3 Ep 4 or 5, by coincidence the episode i needed to watch next was on SyFy this past Saturday morning so I taped it. After watching the DVR of this episode I went to watch the next episode and was confronted with the pay $$$$. Typical Comcast / Universal. Offer it for free for a few weeks and then pull the plug after viewers get hooked on it and make them pay to watch the rest.
Instead of giving Comcast my money, I purchased the Blu-rays of the whole series on Amazon for $54, considerably less than what Comcast wants for the 4 seasons.
To help residents and emergency personnel stay connected during this time, Comcast is opening up Xfinity WiFi outdoor and SMB hotspots in these communities to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
This will be starting at 4:00 PM ET on Monday, March 5, 2018, through Friday, March 16, 2018.
For more about these open Xfinity Hotspots see here.