Originally Posted by unclehonkey
Well I see Comcast is going to raise their "charge you more because we can" fees starting June 1. This is in the bill I got today even though my account was cancelled in January with a supposed zero balance.
Broadcast Fee goes up 2.50 to SEVEN!!!! dollars a month (gee a year ago it was 1.50...then went to 4.50 in June last year)
RSN Fee goes up from $3 to $5
so lets see...TWELVE!!! bucks in BS fees if you have regular cable. It says new video subs after 3/13 will get it. The current subs on June 1.
INSANE!! Happy I got rid of them
(oh side note...they send me a bill for 65 cents even though I cancelled on the last day of my bill cycle/contract and returned the Tivo card that last day. I went to the store and was told I have a zero balance but I'll call tomorrow and see)
I get that they are just "passing through" the costs of these channels, but at what point does it become too much? $5 a month just for Fox Sports and $7 per month for what I can put up an antenna to get for free, on top of $75 plus taxes? (Cable has been included in my association fee for years, so I don't pay those fees).
At approaching $100 JUST for "basic" cable, it's really becoming something that would be hard to justify for me if I was paying full price. Granted, I am not a sports fan, but let's break down what I could get for $100:
$10 for Netflix
$10 for Amazon Prime (at it's most expensive)
$12 for COMMERCIAL FREE Hulu
$10 for commercial free CBS All Access
That's $42 for pretty much all the content you'd need. You could take the remaining $58 per month and actually buy episodes of shows that this would not give you access to. Again, this wouldn't work well with live sports, but for everything else cable TV is actually getting to be a hard sell, especially considering that for $42 you get everything without commercials (and any show that you would have to buy at $2-3 an episode that wasn't available on the above services would ALSO be commercial free, and you would "own" that show). I can't imagine that Fox Sports, CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox are worth more than all of Hulu or all of Netflix, and with Amazon you get so much more with Prime than just videos (and we haven't even gotten to the premium channels yet).
I've been saying it for a while now, but I think Cable TV as a video service is slowly pricing itself out of the market. It's nice to have access to so much programming at the push of a button, but is it really worth $100 a month?