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Sun, Dec 13, 2020 7:00 PM

Broadcast and regional sports channel fees

Just got notification today our local tv channels fee is going up 4.50 a month and Fox Sports Net fee is going up $2 a month (despite fewer sports being played this year)
$27.10 a month now just for these fees, about triple what it was when they were first imposed about five years ago!
I truly think Comcast and other cable companies don't want people to subscribe to tv anymore. All their profit is on internet subs. Once our contract is up in the spring, it's internet only from Comcast or any other future providers.

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comc25

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6 m ago

Yep! For those keeping track, the Broadcast TV fee started as $1.00 and Regional Sports fee started at $3.00 a few years ago.

Cable is dying. Comcast LOSES on average roughly 4,000 cable tv customers a DAY. They are gaining with internet customers.

https://www.fiercevideo.com/cable/comcast-lost-477-000-video-subscribers-q2

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6 m ago

How does one find which channels are the Regional Sports Channels?

ComcastChe

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6 m ago

Hi comc25, I can understand how frustrating this may be. While we continue to experience increased programming and operating costs, we worked hard to minimize the impact of price increases by enhancing the value of our programming, as well as by investing in our next-generation technology. This includes advances such as faster Internet speeds, more multi-platform content (XFINITY On Demand, https://comca.st/2Wvajjr, etc.), our collection of XFINITY mobile apps, and XFINITY on the X1 Entertainment Operating System. If you'd like to discuss your account and ways we could help save/lower your monthly rate, please feel free to send me a private message, and we can review your options. To send a message, click on my name, "ComcastChe," then click send a message. Please include your first and last name and address.

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6 m ago

Hi, my-screen-name, I wanted to send you this link, https://comca.st/37L16dh, it will allow you to see all channels in your area. I'm sorry it won't separate regional sports specifically, but you can search by keyword or channel tier. 

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The lineup page you link to is a mess. Even when I log into my account and go to https://www.xfinity.com/support/local-channel-lineup/ the list is wrong. If I chose a plan based on anything I can find on the xfinity web site I would be very disappointed with what I actually got. And, searching for "regional sports" gets nothing for me.

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@my-screen-name wrote:

The lineup page you link to is a mess. Even when I log into my account and go to https://www.xfinity.com/support/local-channel-lineup/ the list is wrong. If I chose a plan based on anything I can find on the xfinity web site I would be very disappointed with what I actually got. And, searching for "regional sports" gets nothing for me.


Regional Sports includes all national sports venues/channels.  So, any channel that broadcasts a sports show is included such as ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, FoxSports, etc.  If you have a cable plan that includes any of these you'll have the Regional Sports Fee.

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6 m ago

That's the thing that I believe is most annoying to many of us, in that the content on the OTA channels would only cost us the price of an antenna to receive them otherwise. But because we have chosen to want other channels and gone with a cable subscription there's an added monthly fee ON TOP OF our subscription costs. Again other companies bake in their costs in their prices rather than adding in fees via extra line items. So if these fees were hidden in the standard package pricing I don't think you'd see as many complaints.
Biff-Tannon

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6 m ago

ComcastChe,
You guys seem to always ask folks to send a privAte message to help on reducing charges. Why don’t you post it here in the thread so that others can benefit. EVERYONE including me, is interested in cutting costs as they are constantly increasing.

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@Again wrote:


Regional Sports includes all national sports venues/channels.  So, any channel that broadcasts a sports show is included such as ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, FoxSports, etc.  If you have a cable plan that includes any of these you'll have the Regional Sports Fee.


Other than ESPN, those are all over-the-air broadcast stations and I'm pretty sure none of those you listed are part of the "Regional Sports" group. They would probably be part of the "Broadcast TV Fee" which is the other gouge we get on our bills. Maybe Comcast should charge a Regional News fee, too. I would suspect that, here in the midwest, the Big Ten and Chicago Sports stations would be considered Regional. But, where does anything list the Regional Sports channels that are part of the Fee? "Here are some things that we'll charge you for but we won't tell you what they are. Hint, they're "Regional."

 

I'm sure we all feel sorry for Comcast because their EBITDA is on-track to be down to under $40 Billion this year. But, that seems like it's mainly due to their Theme Parks losing money. TV & Internet look like they're doing quite well. I guess they should be charging us a "Regional Theme Park" fee, too, huh?

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6 m ago

@my-screen-name I definitely could see them trying to add fees for every other kind of content.

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@Biff-Tannon we would love the opportunity to assist you in lowering your billing. This offer and option is available to all of our customers. However, this does require us to access your account and discuss account specific details. We take the security of your account very seriously so this is why we would pull you into a private message. Current, customer promotions are based upon what is available in your area, customer history with us etc. All of this is very specific your service with us directly. Should you like us to get started on an account review for you please reach out to us through private message with your first and last name, name on the account if different and the service address? 

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