The Average Comcast Customer Now Pays $158 a Month Plus $53.93 a Month in Fees

Depressed mature man holding paper and looking at it while sitting on the couch at homeStill paying for cable TV? We hope you are sitting down because the cost of cable TV at many providers is increasing.

There is something about a new year that makes cable TV companies rush out to raise rates. Once again this year in many markets cable rates are going up and for some the jump will be as much as 6%.

RCN Cable is raising its rates by 6.4% on some plans. Its most popular TV package will be going up to $98.50 a month and that is just for the TV part. Cable One will be increasing its rates by as much as $8 a month or an extra $96 a year.

DirecTV is raising its bills between $2 and $6 a month.

Comcast is jumping its rates by about $6 a month increasing the average cable subscriber’s bill to $158 a month; however, Comcast subscribers could pay even more as fees are also going up. Philadelphia Comcast will see its broadcast TV fees jump from $5 a month to $7 a month. Comcast regional sports fees will jump from $3 a month to $5 a month. Don’t forget about the $9.95 a month HD Technology Fee and the $10 a month DVR fee.

Comcast is also jumping its adapter fees (the box that you need for every TV to watch cable TV) from $3.99 a month to $5.99 a month. (Back in 2013 when Comcast first introduced these boxes the fee was just $1.99 a month.)

In total a Comcast TV subscriber who has two extra TVs, a DVR, and a modem in their house will now pay at least $53.93 a month in fees on top of their $158 monthly bill. That means the real monthly bill for Comcast TV subscribers is $211.93 a month, which adds up to $2,543.16 a year. (The fees in this example include $10 a month modem rental and $2 a month voice technology fee.)

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