The new year brings new things, and at this point it’s all but traditional for cable and satellite companies to announce customers will face higher charges in January than in the December before. But Comcast isn’t just increasing its bundle rates a few percentage points in 2017; it’s going to significantly increase how much all of its pay-TV customers pay for a pair of highly controversial fees.
Comcast customers around the nation have received notices this month that prices are indeed going up as of Jan. 1, 2017. And that includes all prices — TV bundles, double- and triple-play bundles, internet and phone prices, all of it, with some geographic variation. But the most egregious increase is perhaps in two line-item fees that Comcast doesn’t include in its bundle pricing: the “Broadcast TV” and “Regional Sports” fees.
When we broke down a real-life Comcast bill in February, our customer was paying a total of $8 for the Broadcast TV and Regional Sports fees.