I have just received my Denver, CO bill and Broadcast TV has gone from $3.75 to $6.50. Worse yet is Regional Sports Fee has gone from $2.00 to $4.50.
I don't watch sports and hate that I have to pay for it with no other option than to cancel my service. That was the option given to me on the phone.
Comcast...you need to make sports a removable option!!!!!
The Regional Sports Fee is an itemized charge on your bill that is intended to offset a portion of the costs of broadcasting multiple regional sports networks to our standard video services. This fee is a result of higher costs due to contractual obligations requiring us to offer multiple regional sports networks to our standard XFINITY TV services. The Regional Sports Fee is not based on if you're watching the sporting events or not, but rather that those sporting channels are available in the package you subscribe to. The Broadcast TV Fee recovers a portion of the costs of retransmitting television broadcast signals as well. Broadcast stations are allowed by the government to charge for their signals, and cable providers like Comcast are required to pay substantial fees in order to carry those signals.
Then create a package without sports. I'm constantly reading about cord cutting options and this is precisley the reason I'd consider it. I pay Comcast a very significant fee for service and I don't feel sorry for you to have to absorb costs like sports fee or even the broadcast fee. There will be issues for you in the future for this short sightedness.
They have one....actually 2. Economy and Limited Basic . And to be honest they don't care if people don't like it. All they care about is what their stock owners think. And the stock owners love it.
A complaint about these fees has been filed in federal court in California.
I have a package without sports, basically the "cord cutter" option where I just wanted cable internet but they offered free HBO so I agreed. My channels are your general over-the-air stations (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS) along with HBO. I do not have sports included in my package but I am still paying the Broadcast TV fee (makes sense) so still seeing the price increase on the monthly bill there.
How were they able to justify a 30% increase in our broadcast TV fee and a 50 PERCENT INCREASE in our regional sports fee?? Last time I checked, we weren't getting 50 % more regional sports programming!! You guys are all in it together! Crooks!!!
By the way, I've been waiting for Live chat with a comcast agent for 30 min now! What next, a customer service fee? Oh crud, I shouldn't have given you guys that idea...
I had a 73% increase on my broadcast tv fee, from $3.75 to $6.50 and a 125% increase on the regional sports fee, from $2.00 to $4.50. I don't even watch sports. This was between my October bill and my new November bill. How can corporations say they are being regulated too heavily? This shouldn't be able to happen.
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I got the same increase this month (Nov, 2016): broadcast tv fee, from $3.75 to $6.50, regional sports fee, from $2.00 to $4.50. Considering cutting cord once contract expires.
Thanks for the link to the consumerist. Very interesting about the forced arbitration.
I previously had just internet and switched to a promo package because it would get me HBO for "about the same" which is now more than $15 more. I was looking through my old bills to see when the promo is over and I found this from my February bill:
Important Account Information
Starting Mar 3, we will increase the Regional Sports Fee from $2.00 to $3.00/mo and the Broadcast TV Fee from $3.75 to $5.00/mo. These fees help to offset the rising costs of regional sports programming and retransmitting broadcast television signals. We know sudden changes to your bill can be frustrating, so if your current charges include the Regional Sports Fee and/or the Broadcast TV Fee you won't see these changes until your first bill after Oct 1.
The Broadcast TV fee recovers a portion of the costs of retransmitting television broadcast signals."
So, $5 or $6.50... or whatever we feel like charging you. We're going to lie about it so it doesn't seem like we are violating the contract by changing the terms.
Since I'm paying these fees, and no one in the house watches sports, then why do I have to get and pay for a receiver for the rest of the TV's that I just want to watch over the air stations? Does this sound kinda weird? First I have to pay a fee for the over the air networks, which are free with an antenna and un-encoded, and then secondly I have to "rent" a device to decode an un-encoded broadcast that gets encoded so I can watch a free, un-encoded broadcast?
Doesn't this seem like I'm paying twice for the same service?
Regarding Broadcast TV Fee: I'm paying for something that I don't use. Comcast says franchise fees have gone up drasticlly.???
What I find interesting is that Comcast franchise license with the town I live in expired aprox 5 yr ago.
So they are double dipping in my area: No increase in fees paid to my city, but continues to raise prices for my service.
Check all your fees, taxes and equipment costs .... I bet they add up to over $25. They tack on a $10 HD Tech fee, for what reason? .. to collect more money. That HD Tech fee should not be permitted, as most of what they provide is already included and part of the package.
Comcast will be the next K-Mart if they continue with their practice of high costs and so-so customer service.
If they charge a local broadcast fee and a sports fee this seems like double dipping. I don't watch sports and this is unfair to lay this charge on people who don't. In my area it it $5.00 for the sports fee.
Since your new bill has not printed since you have made these changes, you have not yet seen the removal of these fees. I can confirm that they are removed and you will see that change on your next bill. Please let me know if you need help with anything else.