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Broadcast TV fee raised AGAIN!!!

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Broadcast TV fee raised AGAIN!!!

Just saw included with the last month's statement a notification page with some general price/fee increases that will be effective on Jan 1st 2020... Modem fee raised another dollar, not surprised. Internet fees going up three dollars, hmm.

But OMG!!! The Broadcast TV fee is being almost DOUBLED (from $6.75) and will be $12.40 a month!!!

What is going on here at Comcast?!? This is absolutely ridiculous!

Something needs to be changed about this constant increasing of this (what I believe is a "bogus") fee! This is very frustrating to see being charged by Comcast.
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Broadcast fees certainly sting with their ever increasing hikes.  I decided to do some research and see what is behind the scene so to speak.  Of course there is an absolute ton of information out there regarding retrans fees or retransmission fees which is what Broadcast TV fees really are.

 

It goes back to the federal law Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992.  This is where it started and forced cable operators and others to retransmit local stations.  This same law allowed those local stations to now demand payment for carrying their signal and ultimately also allowing cable providers to fully pass along those fees becoming known as the Broadcast TV Fee. 

 

I am not defending Comcast or any other provider but in some respects they are at the mercy of the behemoths that own these local stations and use their clout, blackouts etc...,  to demand more and more compensation from cable providers and thus we pay in the end.

 

I am not sure forum guidelines allow me to post links but I found an excellent set of articles called TV Ransom on the acaconnects website.

 

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I agree with this being ridiculous (and misleading) 

The recent billing says  "Pricing Update: The monthly charge for the Broadcast TV Fee communicated on the recent Important Information Regarding Xfinity Services and Pricing notice has been reduced. Your current billing statement reflects the lower monthly fee"

1) Where was this notice communicated?

2) When was this fee reduced?

3)  My current bill shows quite an increase in the Broadcast TV Fee ($3.70);  not a decrease???

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It's pretty funny, (NOT!) there was an insert a month or two ago about the fee being jacked up. It was to go from $8.25 to $12.70! Here's the funny part....the "decrease" they refer to in this month's bill must be that instead of going up to $12.70 it ONLY went up to $12.60! Yes, there was a decrease in the increase of  10 cents!!!

 

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I recently filed a formal complaint with BBB. regarding the same issue.

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my increase was almost as bad as yours... 6.75 to 12.00.

also...

the dvr increased from 12.68 to 15.00

the regional sports fee increased from 8.25 to 8.75

total increase 'outside my control' (?!?)

over $8/month.  

i'm 5 months into a 24 month contract.

assuming no more increases (lol) that's 19 x 8 = $152

will comcast work with us or do we have to resort to BBB?

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Just checked my latest Comcast bill. The broadcast TV fee went up from $10 to $14.95 which is nearly 50%. OMG!!! I understand there are cost increases from the networks passed onto cable TV companies. However, this percentage increase is absurd. This needs to be addressed by the FCC or Congress. In a regulated industry like this there is no excuse for such ridiculous overcharging. 

 

Just another reason to cut the cord or see what Verizon FIOS can do for us. So many ways to stream TV and movies these days - i.e. YouTube TV and HULU to name just two. How much business will Comcast lose before they smarten up? They should bury these costs in the package prices or better yet just unbundle the services and let folks choose what they want/need. 

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I Absolutely agree. It is absolutely ridiculous. and even worse that they did this in the middle of a contract. If I made a change in the middle of a contract they wouldn skewer me for the entire cost of the contract. Then when I call, they lie like rugs and act arrogant , rude and snooty. . My increase was about $7.00 which is a 10% increase because I only take minimunm TV and the internet. I dumped everything else because of their outrageous prices ( bill increased to well over $200.00, without any premium channels) . And if I dump the TV portion to cancel out the increase they take away ALL discount, and I still pay the BTF , even if I DONT USE TV!!!! Not only do they take the 2 product discount, they take my 2 product discount AND my contract discount. I had the same problem with their rude service at my last contract renewal. The only place I get decent service is at their service center, and thats only certain people. They can do this because they know there is no competition in my neighborhood. Horrible company. 

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Our Broadcast TV fee just jumped from $10 to $14.95 and our "Regiona Sports Fee" jumped from $6.65 to $7.00.  

 

Contrary to what Xfinity (and some users) have argued, the overall jump from $16.65 to $21.95 has nothing to do with federal rules.  It is 100% Xfinity's decision to jack up the bill for people on a fixed contract.

 

If Xfinity wants to claim these are to cover rising charges from local stations, they should preset the bills.  Otherwise, just admit that they are violating fixed price contract agreements.

 

Easy to see why Comcast/Xfinity is among the most hated companies in America.

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I just love how Xfinity loves to increase fees all the time. I have been with this cable company for over 25 years and I would think they would have some type of discount program for loyal customers. I'm on a fixed income and when prices increase, it taking out of my spending money for other things. I have been really thinking of going to a different company just because of the price increases.

 

This company needs to get under control and stop increasing prices. 

 

Grammyork

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Not to side with Comcast, but I am not sure how much of this Broadcast TV Fee is really something they can prevent from increasing. Per Comcast: "The Broadcast TV Fee is an itemized charge that you'll see on your bill. This charge is not a government-mandated fee and will increase from time to time. It is based on our costs of providing the local broadcast stations that we carry on our cable systems in each area. These costs include the fees that the broadcast stations charge us to carry them on our cable systems, which are among our largest increasing costs. The Broadcast TV Fee is not included as a part of our promotional pricing or pricing under your minimum-term agreement and can increase during your promotion or minimum-term. You'll receive advance notice before an increase takes effect."

 

Based on what this says this is the fee to broadcast certain channels to their consumers. If their costs go up then they are obviously going to pass it along to us, the consumer. There is no company I know that will maintain prices/fees as is if their operating costs go up. This is 2020 and things are WAY more expensive then it ever has been.

 

I have always been in the mindset that if I think I am not getting value for my money I will shop around. There are so many streaming services out there that may be cheaper to do stream only instead of paying for Comcast TV. I have chosen to stay with Comcast TV as they offer so much and I don't feel there is enough continuous variety on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.. So, for me, I am willing to pay the increased cost if it means I get what I want and don't have to keep switching between streaming apps or watch the same stuff over and over. It ends up being cheaper for me too with Comcast than having to pay for each app that has what I want to watch individually. 

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My complaint about the 30% increase in my Broadcast TV Fee. I would like a little more transparency as to why such a large increase. That's all I asked for and was told by con-cast's rep Nellie that is private financial information. 😼
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I am not a spokesperson for Comcast either. But this is a very good explanation as to why the costs keep going up. If you find a better way I would love to hear it. I have tried other options and looked into other companies. In the end they are all pretty much the same cost. If you think cutting the cord and going to streaming is going to save you big bucks and give you servce and content. Well good luck with that. So you go with the comapny that serves you best and gives you what you the content you want.  

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I pay $35 between netflix ans sling and have plaenty of comtent. In addition I pay 85 for comcast internet, and am determined to get rifd of that as soon as I can get an alternative. I will NEVER pay comcast over $200 a month for a package that doesn't enven contain ANY premioum channels. 

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My broadcast fees went from $8.50 to $14.95. About 80% increase, sports fees went up to $7 my bill went from $150 -$186 in 3 months and that's when I said I had it. The government has to intervene. It's absurd that America has the most expensive broadband costs in any developed nation. And our tv fees equally as high. <Edited>. It's the american way. If someone provides you a service they will just charge more and more and more.  Yet they keep wages stagnant. This is not sustainable and will inevitably cause a catastrophic economic collapse. 

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i did the same w/FCC (filed a formal complaint)
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The problem with the "it a federal rule" excuse is that Comcast does NOT provide data on the fees they pay to air local programs.  I checked with the Oregon public utilities commission and found that the fees paid by Comcast did NOT increase this year.  Nonetheless, the fee Comcast charges me increased by about 50%.  That's not a "cost pass-through" or a "federal rule."  That's just Comcast ripping off customers.

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omg this is so true and it is not jsut comcast its all providers  verizon direct tv etc. the  the OTT providers do not have to charge these fees so it seems less but in th elong run you still need to have  internet and pay seperatley for each ott provider which in some cases is more expensive.  there is no servic ecenters for OTT providers no 24/7 support alot of times you get what you pay for. its a good quality serivce and it is worth every dime i pay

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this  is useful info off of comcast facts website   

Frequently Asked Questions
 
How do network fees work?
We pay networks, local TV station owners and others for the ability to deliver their channels and shows to you. The fees vary based on factors such as the type of content, the popularity of the network and the demand for its content. When a contract expires, we renegotiate with the goal of continuing to carry the channel at a reasonable price.
Why do blackouts happen?
Programmers who demand excessive fees can take away Comcast’s ability to air their channels and shows if a fair agreement cannot be reached prior to the contract expiration date. The result is a network or channel blackout. We realize that losing channels is an inconvenience for you and we work hard to prevent that from happening.
Could my bill be affected by programming fee increases?
Yes. Programming is the number one cost for all video providers, not just Comcast. Programming costs for TV providers have increased more than 30% since 2012, according to third party researcher SNL Kagan. We work hard to limit the impact of this on our customers’ bills, averaging less than a 4% increase per year. We are committed to providing the best programming at the best possible value.
Why shouldn’t I just switch to another provider so I can watch my shows?
Losing channels is a possibility with any TV provider. All television providers must engage in these negotiations from time to time. We are committed to providing you with the best entertainment at the best value. We work to resolve any interruptions as quickly as possible.
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The thing that gets me is that the channels <Edited> with this fee for are typically part of your channel lineup on pretty much every 'package' offered. So they're charging you TWICE for these channels. 

 

Our bill went up from $139 and change last month to $186 and change this month. Albeit we weren't on a "deal", which apparently they don't want to give to established customers as trying at the local Xfinity 'store' got me nowhere and I guess corporate told the sales reps working at Walmart they can't do anything for current customers anymore either.

 

So I guess tonight i get to waste an hour or more talking to somebody from the company to see about either paring back what we receive or seeing if they can actually offer a 'deal', which to me is a NON deal most times by the time you add in all the various <Edited> fees. 

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<Edited> that why i don't get cable their's all kinds of stream apps that provide you the same channels for alot cheaper and some free

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@tylerwebb89 wrote:

<Edited> that why i don't get cable their's all kinds of stream apps that provide you the same channels for alot cheaper and some free


Problem is my family isn't tech savvy. If it were up to me we would've been internet only a while ago.  But since my family would likely struggle with having to search for stuff they wanted via streaming we're stuck for now. Otherwise I would've just used this company for internet (since our only other options are the phone company and some satellite provider here) and used other providers for TV and phone.

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That's another thing....BURNS ME UP that I'm FORCED to pay for something ( Regional sports), that I Never, EVER,
***E-V-E-R***
watch!!??? It's crazy!! It's WRONG!!
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You're lucky! Mine's now $14.95 (in Virginia, March 2020). Grrrrr! So fed UP!!
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Exactly what I was thinking! HOW can they just randomly increase!? I got a $14/mo. increase in my Disability pay this year but Comcast ate that right up and THEN some! It's not fair! I'm disgusted!!😤😡😤😡😤😡