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Comcast will soon charge all TV customers $15 a month to receive local channels


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Comcast will soon charge all TV customers $15 a month to receive local channels
 

 
Comcast will soon charge all TV customers $15 a month to receive local channels most can receive for free with an antenna. The company has no way for customers to opt-out of the fee.

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Comcast is raising prices yet again.

Starting in December, Comcast will begin charging an extra $5 for its basic package of local, government and public access channels. That package, known as Basic TV or Digital Economy, will increase from $30 a month to $35 a month.

Comcast is also raising a little-known hidden fee, known as the Broadcast TV Fee, from $10 a month to $15 a month. That fee supplements what it costs Comcasts to make local broadcast stations — including affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Univision and Telemundo — available to its subscribers. Comcast does not discount the Broadcast TV Fee in markets where it owns the NBC or Telemundo stations.

Though many households can get almost all of their local channels for free with an antenna, Comcast provides no way for its television customers to opt-out of local television programming, which means the fee is applied in every television package it offers.

Comcast blamed the price hikes on higher programming fees, which the company must pay to legally distribute channels to customers. Comcast did not name those programmers, but it has deals with many companies that operate several of the top networks in the industry, including Disney, AT&T’s WarnerMedia, AMC Networks, Viacom’s MTV Networks, A+E Networks and local broadcasters including Nexstar Media Group, Fox Broadcasting Group, Weigel Broadcasting and Hearst Television.

Interestingly, Comcast is also increasing two other fees that have nothing to do with television programming: The company is raising the price of its broadband internet packages by $3 a month — except it’s most expensive 2 Gigabit Fiber package, which currently costs $299.99 a month — as well as the company’s self-imposed bounced check fee — known as a “returned payment fee” — which will increase from $10 to $30 per instance.

The price hikes will roll out to customers on December 18.

Comcast, based in Philadelphia, lost 238,000 pay TV subscribers in the third quarter of 2019, leaving it with 21.4 million subscribers. Only AT&T, which owns DirecTV and operates two streaming TV services, lost more subscribers in the same period.

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 2 weeks ago '18        #2
SFamilyRep  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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fu*k a Comcast
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 2 weeks ago '17        #3
KingBud 
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This article is bs...the returned check fee has always been 29.99...

 2 weeks ago '18        #4
Tommy Bundy 
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Maaaan. Underground premium TV services are my best discovery. More than 6,000 channels, including all of the premium movie, sports channels, pay-per-view channels, etc. for maybe 10% of what I paid the Cable Cartel. As long as these guys are around, fu*k the cartel. And I get all of the local channels.
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 2 weeks ago '16        #5
TrapInBriks11 
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 2 weeks ago '18        #6
Dsammy04 
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VPN and IPTV

I'm probably one of the many people that caused the hike, but these cable companies been raising the prices long before those services was created. $15 per month and I get every channel local and premium.
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 2 weeks ago '12        #7
SE Texas713 
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 Tommy Bundy said
Maaaan. Underground premium TV services are my best discovery. More than 6,000 channels, including all of the premium movie, sports channels, pay-per-view channels, etc. for maybe 10% of what I paid the Cable Cartel. As long as these guys are around, fu*k the cartel. And I get all of the local channels.
Please bless me with game. I cut off my AT&T uverse and we got Netflix Hulu and Disney+. All I really care about is NBA TV
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 2 weeks ago '05        #8
YoungHope 
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I told myself I was going to cut the cord months ago.


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 2 weeks ago '15        #9
6shake6  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 2 weeks ago '04        #10
persuazion 
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 YoungHope said
I told myself I was going to cut the cord months ago.

Did you?
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 2 weeks ago '04        #11
persuazion 
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I’m thinking about just getting Hulu live
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 2 weeks ago '19        #12
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 SE Texas713 said
Please bless me with game. I cut off my AT&T uverse and we got Netflix Hulu and Disney+. All I really care about is NBA TV
Make sure y'all do that on backchannels. Don't give up game on the front streets homie.
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 2 weeks ago '05        #13
clemdaleray 
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fu*k tv period
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 2 weeks ago '05        #14
WCIB 
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Spectrum FTW... for now

 2 weeks ago '18        #15
SFamilyRep  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Dsammy04 said
VPN and IPTV

I'm probably one of the many people that caused the hike, but these cable companies been raising the prices long before those services was created. $15 per month and I get every channel local and premium.
Which IPTV service you got? Asking for a friend
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 2 weeks ago '17        #16
SupremeBeing5 
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Netflix still the best.

DIsney cool for nostalgia and kids.

Hulu good.
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 2 weeks ago '18        #17
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Firestick ...Unlimited mobile hotspot and a good IPTV service.....Free PPV....All the sports channels for every sport....#cantbeatit and you'll only be paying 30 a month. F*ck Comcast and that 15$....
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 2 weeks ago '07        #18
bx kid 
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cut the cord years ago
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 2 weeks ago '17        #19
The Almighty240 
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I said it once and ill say it again, these corporations are allowed to do whatever they want with us and we have no way of stopping them. SMH, this sh*t is getting ridiculous how they can just r*pe folks and nobody is there to step in and regulate.
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 2 weeks ago '05        #20
YoungHope 
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 persuazion said
Did you?
Kept the internet
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 2 weeks ago '05        #21
blah blah blah  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Iptv >>>>>

Would rather deal with the buffering and outages then get r*ped by cable companies
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 2 weeks ago '16        #22
Replicate45 
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IPTV with a VPN you get all the sports channels and premium channels that come with cable just need a high speed internet.

Crazy how people still getting ripped off with all these options available to them but they are too lazy to make the switch.
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 2 weeks ago '17        #23
Pretty Tone 
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I cut my cable off. Honestly i was even using it for like 2 yrs they were just getting a extra 170 off me for being lazy
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 2 weeks ago '05        #24
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Need a good IPTV and VPN recommendation, bx peeps what’s up
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 2 weeks ago '07        #25
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everybody getting snitched on in here























everybody
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