Comcast Under Fire...Time to Cut the Cable Cord

Comcast just got done imposing additional rate hikes on its customers as the new year arrived. Modem rental fees, streaming video, traditional cable, late fees, and much more saw yet another increase in the new year.

Cord-cutting... Included in those increases were bumps to the company's rotating array of misleading fees, ranging from its regional sports fee (now $6.75 per month) as well as the company's "broadcast TV fee," which will now cost users $7.75 per month. Comcast is facing several lawsuits over the fees, which help it advertise one price, then charge a higher rate.

Industry analyst Phillip Swann notes that these fees have jumped 241% in just three years as Comcast takes full advantage of lazy regulators and inattentive consumers. "Combined, Comcast subscribers in most markets pay $14.50 a month for the two fees which the cable operator, and other pay TV services, say are designed to offset the rising costs of licensing the rights to carry local channels and regional sports networks," notes the analyst. "While those costs have risen, no one is claiming they have risen 241 percent in three years, or anywhere close to that amount," he adds. Comcast's "Broadcast TV fee" has proven particularly contentious, since the fee simply involves taking a part of Comcast's overall cost of doing business (programming costs), then buries it below the line. This falsely lets Comcast advertise a lower rate than it actually charges, a tactic regulators from both parties have made clear time and time again that they couldn't care less about.

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Comcast has tried to claim its application of this fee is just its way of being "transparent," despite the fact users often don't know what they'll actually pay until after the bill arrives. By hiding price hikes in fees, Comcast can attempt to downplay soaring subscriber bills by insisting the advertised rate remains the same (or close).

But contrary to what Comcast believes, many consumers are paying attention, and such fees are just one of several reasons Comcast and other incumbent cable providers continue to lose traditional TV subscribers to streaming video alternatives. Cancel your exorbitantly priced monthly cable subscription. Switch to IPTV; Switch to SET TV Now. You will get over 500 Channels to entertain you 24/7. You might find a couple of channels missing but be assured, we are doubling the channel number in the coming year. On SET TV you will find that there is a lot higher quality TV shows that you could never watch on traditional TV. Cut the cord now and start saving today. You can do it.



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Cancel your exorbitantly priced monthly cable subscription. Switch to IPTV; Switch to SET TV Now. You will get over 500 Channels to entertain you 24/7. You might find a couple of channels missing but be assured, we are doubling the channel number in the coming year. On SET TV you will find that there is a lot higher quality TV shows that you could never watch on traditional TV. Cut the cord now and start saving today. You can do it.



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