Saturday, January 14, 2023

Cable TV fees up to $800/year

You know how high fees are for cable TV, right? Well, maybe not. I knew the fees were high, but it didn't hit me how high until I saw an article online this week.

According to a report from Cord Cutters News, the fees Comcast charges, above and beyond the regular cost of services, can total $800/year!

Recently it was announced that Comcast would be raising the fees on a wide range of plans. Comcast’s Xfinity Broadcast TV Fee is going up 11% this year to $21.30. Back in 2016, these fees were just $5 a month. 

RSN fees are also going up in Philadelphia to $13.35 a month, a 5% jump. This is up from just $3 a month back in 2016.

The cost of a TV box and remote will now be $10 a month, a 17% increase from $8.50 just a month ago.

Modem rentals for internet customers will now cost you $15 a month.

All of this is on top of your base package that can cost as much as $99.99 a month just for TV, according to

All of these fees over the course of a year will add up to $715.80. It could be even higher as this assumes you are only paying for one TV box. If you have two TV boxes, your yearly fees will top $835. That is also before you pay for taxes and other fees imposed by the local, state, and federal governments. In total, the cost for TV and internet from Comcast could top $2,000 a year for some customers with these fees.

That's a lot of money that Comcast -- and other cable TV services, so let's don't just pick on Comcast -- get above and beyond the normal service customers expect to pay.

This is just one of the reasons that my Streaming Life makes me happier than my cable TV life ever did.

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