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Oct 3 - hidden cable tv fees cost victims $450 a year on average
 

 
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A review of nearly 800 cable bills by Consumer Reports, a consumer advocacy group, found that company-imposed fees cost customers $37 per month on average, or nearly $450 per year — effectively adding a 24% surcharge on top of the advertised base price. The report, released Thursday, estimates that cable companies could be collecting $28 billion a year from such hidden fees

“Cable company costs may be increasing, but that doesn’t justify burying these fees in the fine print and blaming someone else,” he said.

Consumer Reports said it analyzed nearly 800 cable bills collected in 2018 from consumers across the country, paid special attention to company-imposed fees, and then calculated how much various fees were costing consumers.

The fees have rapidly increased in recent years, according to the report. For example, Philadelphia-based Comcast charged consumers $2.50 per month for both the Broadcast TV Fee and Regional Sports Fee in 2015. Those fees combined now cost $18.25 per month, the report said. Similarly, Charter increased its Broadcast TV Surcharge three times in the last year, from $8.85 per month in October 2018 to $13.50 a year later

In a June 2018 letter to Consumer Reports, Comcast said it “discloses these fees to consumers in its rate cards, advertising, online, and during the ordering process so that customers have access to full pricing information from Comcast when they are comparison shopping and know what to expect on their first bill before they sign up for service.”

The average amount of company-imposed fees ranged from $22.96 for AT&T U-verse to $43.79 for Verizon Fios, though the report cautioned that the averages are only a snapshot of the marketplace based on bills Consumer Reports reviewed, and the averages are not meant for comparisons. The average for Comcast was $39.59

Cable companies said the billing practices are entirely legal, noting that the Federal Communications Commission permits them to separately itemize their programming costs on consumer bills, the report said



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DC23 
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That’s why I only deal with psvue
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 2 weeks ago '04        #3
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 DC23 said
That’s why I only deal with psvue
Same. They keep raising the price tho.
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 2 weeks ago '07        #4
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There isn’t anything hidden read your bill. They actually dropped the price you jdont want to pay the regular one and opt for promo.. not to mention of espn wants to raise their price to broadcast the network tv price changes too. Be a smart consumer already

 5 days ago '18        #5
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my parents are getting gouged they pay $250 a month...........i try to convice them to drop cable & stream instead but they refuse to embrace technology



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