A few weeks ago, Cord Cutters News broke the news that Spectrum will start rolling out a price hike across most of its plans this October. This includes TV packages and internet services. Yesterday Spectrum started to send out notifications to customers informing them of this October price hike.
With this price change, you will now pay $13.50 a month for broadcast TV fees, up from the current $11.99 a month. This will add up to $162 a year to your bill just to watch free over-the-air TV you could get with an antenna. (Spectrum’s streaming services TV Stream and TV Choice will see the Broadcast TV “Surcharge” increase from $5 a month to $6 a month.)
This is the third price hike for Spectrum’s Broadcast TV Surcharge in the last 12 months. In November of 2018 Spectrum raised the Broadcast TV Surcharge from $8.85 a month to $9.95 a month. In March of 2019, it went up again from $9.95 to $11.99. Now it is going up to $13.99 a month. Even if you have a price lock, your fees like the Broadcast TV Surcharge will still go up as it is not included in the price lock.
Here are some other price hikes that will reportedly start in October (Note: The date is subject to change at the last minute):
- Spectrum Digital Adapters: $7.99 a month (was $7.50 a month)
- Spectrum TV Select: $72.49 a month (was $64.99 a month)
- Spectrum TV Silver: $92.49 (was $84.99)
- Spectrum TV Gold: $112.49 (was $104.99)
Spectrum’s Standard Internet will go up to $69.99 a month (was $65.99) without Wi-Fi, or $75.99 with Wi-Fi (was $70.99).
Here is an example of the warnings being sent to Spectrum customers:
Spectrum customers will be notified about the price hike on their next bill, and the actual price increase will go into effect with their October bill.
Important Note: Spectrum has many different pricing plans. Some customers are still on packages from TWC, for example. The pricing here is for customers using the Spectrum packages and pricing. Price changes may vary slightly depending on your market, but this is a good example of what Spectrum customers will see starting in October.
The good news for cord cutters is that TV costs are going up far faster than Internet costs. So cord cutters will see their total savings go up – not down – compared to if they also paid for a Spectrum TV package.
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