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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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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