Comcast Adds $43.58 in Fees to One Customer’s Bill…

comcastboxCable companies often want you to think it is cheaper to get a package deal with TV over just being a cord cutter with Internet only, because they don’t like to advertise all the hidden fees and costs.

So let’s take a close look at one bill we were sent and what fees Comcast forgot to mention when we signed up.2016-02-17 14.59.37So here is a quick break down of every fee:

  • HD/DVR Converter $10
  • HD Technology Fee $9.95
  • Digital Adapter 2 @ $3.99 each totaling $7.98
  • Broadcast TV Fee $5.00
  • Regional Sports Fee $3.00
  • Franchise Fee $7.65

Total $43.58! YIKES!

So now let’s break down a few of these fees I think are most outrageous.

HD Technology Fee $9.95…

So you already pay $10 a month for an HD/DVR converter box, yet to get access to the HD content through the DVR you need to pay $9.95?

Digital Adaptor $3.99 each . . .

Now that Comcast has moved to digital TV you have to pay for every TV you have in your house. $3.99 extra per TV quickly adds up. This house has just two other TVs and pays $7.98 just because they own two TVs! Yikes! How many TVs do you own?

Broadcast TV Fee…

Want to see the local stations that are free over the air? Yeah, that will be an extra $5.00 a month . . . Want to not get local stations and skip the $5 fee because you have an antenna? Forget it that is not an option . . .

Regional Sports Fee

Hate sports? Tough! You’re stuck paying a $3.00 a month fee for local sports no matter what your thoughts are on sports.

Add this all up over a year and you are paying over $522 a year in just fees! YIKES! Your only option to avoid these fees is to dump cable TV and become a cord cutter. $522 a year in just fees can get you Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and pay most of your Internet-only service.

So next time someone says it was cheaper to get a package deal show them this and let them know how many hidden fees Comcast will be charging.

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18 Responses to Comcast Adds $43.58 in Fees to One Customer’s Bill…

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    LDBetaGuy February 19, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    There is a similar list of fees on our monthly DirecTV bill. Those fees are just one reason we will be cutting the satellte cord within the next couple of months.

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    MirTech February 19, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    I think it is outrageous for anyone to be charging for HD. It is not 2007 anymore.

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    Tinker February 19, 2016 at 9:29 am #

    The first box in a package deal is supposed to come –with– the package with no extra charge. You can’t watch the tv you’ve paid for in the package without it. This is Comcast’s game. They think you’re not smart enough to figure that out. Call customer retention and complain!

    And you can ask for the boxes to be priced at SD instead of HD to avoid the HD fee.

    Ask me how I know that ;).

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    leonius February 19, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    Thanks for the tip, Cox cable is infamous for their “bundle” pricing as a way to save you the consumer $$. I’ll call them up and see just how much dropping my cable (and associated fees) will make my internet and phone bill go up. This should be interesting.

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    dogman February 19, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    Cut the cord in 01/2016 – haven’t looked back! Should have done it sooner! I’m getting more special deal calls from DirecTV now than I did while I was a customer for 4 years. Don’t have the $80/mo bill anymore!

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    tommyr February 22, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    Time Warner is just as bad. I hope to be cutting the cord real soon. Waiting for an antenna to arrive.

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    VJ April 6, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    Comcast lies about everything. I got them to give me a promotional price of $29.95 for just internet for 12 months. Then I get the confirmation email, and magically the true price, NEVER mentioned by the rep in the Phillipines, is $10 more, or $39.99 but they gave me a $10 discount for just two months (not 12 months as promised by the rep) and then the price jumpt to $39.99, and after the 12 months ends, it jumps to $66/month.

    They are less honest than Hillary Clinton and need to be sued for false and predatory pricing and unbundle the internet service from the TV service, or nationalize it.

    3 years ago I was paying them $24.99 per month, then they kept jacking it up to $66, saying a prior “promotional fee” expired. It is clear they are paying off Congress to continue and mislead the public like this.

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    Robert Herron March 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    Just cut the cord these cable company’s​ the we are all stuip screw them they have been screwing us for years time to tell them to f**k off

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    Stanley J Ziemba April 20, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

    Glad I cut years ago. And if Sling, Vue, etc pulls this crap.I’ll cut them too. I’d rather watch paint dry…

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    Dogman April 20, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

    Oh – what about all the lies the current POTUS that spiels from his mouth every day? Oh – you forgot to mention those lies!

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    Craig April 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    I still find the misnomer that is “cord cutting” or “cut the cord” amusing. Mainly because if you need internet for Sling TV, Vue or DirecTV-NOW? You’re probably still getting it through the same company’s cord who is offering the TV. Hence the cord isn’t really being cut. A service on your bill is. Maybe you all like the general idea of the misnomer, but it really is a misnomer. True “cord-cutting” begins with everything going over WiFi or 4-5G networks. Ethernet cables are still cords. You can call it nit-picky till the cows come home, but it’s comically amusing to me. The term doesn’t technically make sense at a literal level, for what most are doing on here. You’re service cutting! (No doubt “delete happy Luke” will be along any moment to remove this post. Do what ya do best, I suppose?)

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      Blakey Blake July 9, 2017 at 3:20 pm #

      There is no such thing as a 5G mobile network. Mobile towers are ONLY 4G. Why do u think EVERY cellphone provider brags ab having the fastest 4G network?At it’s peak, 4G is a weak 10-12 mbps and thats during off-peak hrs. The mobile network sends a wireless signal through the air, specifically the same cells an FM broadcast uses (think CELLphone) a wireless signal CAN be affected or 4 better words interfered with, by other signals in the air.

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      Mike Thaler August 7, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

      If you don’t understand what the COMMON usage of the term “Cut-the-Cord” means – Google is your friend. Pages of info can be found.
      Here is one:
      Cord cutting, in a telecommunications context, is the practice of stopping a cable or satellite television service or getting rid of a landline phone. In the case of cable and satellite service, most cord cutters drop them in favor of less expensive options, such as Internet TV (ITV). Cord cutters who drop their landline phones usually rely on cellular and/or VoIP (voice over IP) service. The main goal of cord cutting, in both contexts, is saving money. The second most-cited reason for dropping cable or satellite TV is dissatisfaction with offerings or service.

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        Craig August 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

        Google ain’t anybody’s friend! And don’t you dare condescend to me, bud! I’m well aware of what’s what! I still disagree with it and label it a misnomer. Now have a good day and eff off!

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    GrayGhost60 June 3, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    Just go get a fire stick all you’ll need is their internet no more cable boxes from Comcast.

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    Kansas Penguin August 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

    As have been saying forever..COMCAST SUCKS! Glad I cut the cord!

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    John Szarek January 20, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

    I had the double play, just phone and blast! internet and Comcast was billing me over $170/month. Anytime I tried to access my account to see why the bill was so high I kept getting error messages. After two weeks fighting with them to try and figure things out on my bill, I finally told them to cancel my double play, I bought my own equipment and returned theirs, and simply kept the Internet 150 service which brought my bill down to $80/month, yet they told me the phone service only cost $20/month. I don’t understand their math, must be the new math. I also dropped dish network to the bare minimum, unfortunately 2 year contract which by then I should be good enough at cord cutting I should be able to quit them as well.