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Starting in 2017 Comcast Will Charge $5.49 For Every TV You Use

Cable TVIf you are still just thinking about cord cutting or maybe being tempted back to cable TV there is a new fee increase coming you should know about. Comcast will soon be charging $5.49 a month for every digital adapter outlet fee.

So what is a “digital adapter outlet fee”? As Comcast is updating its TV networks around the United States it is switching to digital TV, which allows it to offer faster Internet speeds and more channels; however, it also means every TV needs to have a digital box connected to it.

Now that fee is jumping from just $3.49 to $5.49 a month, which means that if you have three TVs in your house you will pay an extra $16.47 a month just for this fee. Over a two-year contract that means you will have paid $395.28 for the privilege of connecting your TV to the cable TV service you are already paying for.

Fees like this are how traditional pay-TV providers help hide the real cost of the service. They may say TV is the same cost as Internet but they hide it behind fees such as digital adapter outlet fee and HD broadcast fees, regional sports fees, and the list goes on and on.

Recently we showed how Comcast added over $40 in fees to just one customers bill. So always remember never trust the promotional fees you find advertised.

Source: TechDirt

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20 Responses to Starting in 2017 Comcast Will Charge $5.49 For Every TV You Use

  1. mwsasser December 16, 2016 at 8:08 am #

    Funny, a few years ago they gave us a free hdtv adapter. Then said there was no monthly charge for using a basic adapter on a second tv in our home. Guess what I’m taking back.

    • Darnell December 16, 2016 at 9:58 am #

      Yea, I left Comcast back when those boxes were free. I guess over time they made them a money maker.

      • Norman December 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

        We left their cable tv this past July in part because of these “rental” fees. There was a $10 DVD everywhere, 2 $10 HD fees, another $3 for a rarely used TV, Broadcast fee, taxes on these added fees, and maybe more that I’m forgetting now. Also got my own modem and dropped those “rental” fees. We now just have their broadband, which is okay and really no choice there. We’ve dropped @ $120/mon in their TV charges and replaced them with about $50-$60 in app charges depending on who we’ve subscribed to in any particular month. It’s nice to know I won’t be paying $145 or more in new fees and increases come 2017. I think my hair would go from brown to white to red as it starting burning with my anger.

  2. Iacobus December 16, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    So glad I ditched their TV service when I did. Of course, I still need their high-speed Internet since there aren’t any other players in town but hopefully, that’ll change. Not holding my breath, though.

    Sooner or later, they’re going to fleece HSI subscribers in some way or another; they already are with the clamping down of bandwidth caps.

  3. realbbbb December 16, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    The headline along with this statement “Now that fee is jumping from just $3.49 to $5.49 a month, which means that if you have three TVs in your house you will pay an extra $16.47 a month just for this fee.” is misleading at best and downright false at worst. The initial outlet of service in a residence is free. This fee is only for ADDITIONAL outlets of service. So the statement “Comcast Will Charge $5.49 For Every TV You Use” is false; that charge will be for every tv in addition to your primary one.

    Thus, this statement “you have three TVs in your house you will pay an extra $16.47 a month just for this fee.” is false because 1) the first tv would be free so if you have 3 TVs connected you would pay $10.98 extra for Digital Adapter fees (not $16.47) 2) the fee is already in existence for virtually of Comcast’s service market. In other words, a person with 3 TV’s in this example is currently paying $6.98 for Digital Adapter Fees while starting in 2017, that person would now pay $10.98, an increase of $4. The article says the person would pay an extra of $16.47 (should be $10.98) but that would only apply IF the person is a Comcast customer with only 1 outlet of service and decided to expand to cover 2 additional TV’s starting Jan 2017 OR if Comcast is currently not charging an additional outlet for digital adapters but is implementing the fee starting Jan 2017.

    • Cord Cutters News December 16, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

      That may be true where you live but Comcast has different contracts depending on where you live. Some areas get two free if you had been a customer at the time they switched to digital. Yet if you changed contracts you lost the free boxes. Sounds like your market may have gotten 1 free box.

      If a Comcast rep wants to contact us we will update it but from the contracts we see many Comcast subscribers get no free boxes. Or they say the free box is the DVR but you have to pay at least $10 for the DVR.

      No matter what way you look at it most people have more than 1 TV. The fact is if you want to watch the TV service you pay for on all of your TVs you need to pay extra.

      • realbbbb December 19, 2016 at 10:27 am #

        “That may be true where you live but Comcast has different contracts depending on where you live.”
        Thank you Captain Obvious.

        “Some areas get two free if you had been a customer at the time they switched to digital.”
        Yes, AFTER the first outlet (tv) of service which is already included in the base package rate.

        “Sounds like your market may have gotten 1 free box.”
        No, my market got 2 free boxes when the analog -> digital transition went through. What are you basing this (false) assumption on?

        “If a Comcast rep wants to contact us we will update it but from the contracts we see many Comcast subscribers get no free boxes.”
        So you’ll make a claim based on no verifiable evidence (have you posted any of these “contracts” you’ve seen which show many Comcast subscribers with no free boxes??) yet you’ll only update it IFF a Comcast rep reaches out to you. So you’re free to post whatever you want without any documentation or proof that it is true but Comcast has to make the effort to reach out to you to correct a falsehood. Got it.

        “No matter what way you look at it most people have more than 1 TV.”
        No disagreement here. But this has absolutely nothing to do with your false headline that starting in January 2017 Comcast will charge everyone $5.49 for every tv they have connected to service, which again is false.

        “The fact is if you want to watch the TV service you pay for on all of your TVs you need to pay extra.”
        Again, there’s no disagreement here, but this is not what your (false) headline and misleading article imply. Your implication is that someone with 3 tv’s currently connected will see their bill increase by $16.47 starting in January 2017 and for the vast majority of Comcast customers, this is false. Most will see an increase of $4 + applicable tax ($2/tv increase X 2 (NOT 3) additional outlets. In other words, the monthly bill of a Comcast subscriber will increase by $4 (+ applicable sales tax + applicable franchise fee) from Dec 2016 + January 2017. Your article is implying (if not directly stating) the bill would increase by $16.47/month, which AGAIN is false for the multiple reasons I’ve mentioned above.

        Look, I’m no fan of Comcast but your headline is false and the post is sensationalist & misleading. I get it, you’re trying to drive clicks, but the overall conclusion here (Comcast is increasing the fee on each digital adapter in use) by $2 isn’t that earth shattering. Especially when DirecTV & Dish Network each already charge $7 for each additional outlet of service.

        • Cord Cutters News December 19, 2016 at 10:35 am #

          Can you show any proof for what you say? From the contracts I have seen the title and story is correct.

          • realbbbb December 19, 2016 at 10:50 am #

            Well, I can provide price lists from my service area (Three Rivers-Pittsburgh PA) and York PA (parents) and Central Jersey (parents vacation home). ALL of them include the first tv outlet of service in the base price. The digital adapter fee is only charged for each ADDITIONAL (key word here) outlet of service. I would like to see one example of a region which charges for the FIRST outlet of service. Just one. Until you can provide that your headline is false.

            Second, even if that is true (which I don’t believe it is), the extra $16.47 would only be true for people who were paying $0 per digital adapter in Dec 2016 and then were hit with the $5.49 fee starting in Jan 2017. But you even state in the article that in most areas the price is going from $3.49 -> $5.49 so that is NOT $16.47 in extra charges. That is $6 in extra charges in your example ($2/tv * 3 tvs).

          • Cord Cutters News December 19, 2016 at 10:54 am #

            See I think you are miss reading what we said. You are ignoring the line that says “for the privilege of connecting your TV to the cable TV service you are already paying for.” So the price they quote you does not include the $5.49 fee per box.

            From the contracts I have seen everything in this post is correct. If you want to send over a copy of your contract use the contact us page.

          • realbbbb December 19, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

            “Starting in 2017 Comcast Will Charge $5.49 For Every TV You Use” &
            “includes standard definition digital converter & remote for primary outlet”

            are incompatible. I have one outlet of service (i.e. one tv) at my home, I do not pay $5.49 (in addition to the base service rate, RSN fee, Broadcast network fee, etc.). Your headline states that I do. Therefore, the headline is false. The headline says “$5.49 for EVERY TV”. I am not paying $5.49 for my one & only tv. Again, proving that your headline is false. I don’t understand why you refuse to correct/amend it?

            You are ignoring the line that says “for the privilege of connecting your TV to the cable TV service you are already paying for.”

            No I am not. The quoted part of your text is misleading. It should read “for the privilege of connecting ADDITIONAL TVs to the cable TV service you are already paying for.” Additional is the word that you are missing and have omitted from both the text and the headline. It is $5.49 (actually $5.99 in my market) to connect ADDITIONAL TV’s. NOT the first tv (i.e primary outlet). Again, I do not understand how this is in dispute since I’ve shown you the exact text from the Comcast price list which states that the primary outlet is included in the service price.

          • realbbbb December 19, 2016 at 10:57 am #

            Notice the phrase “includes standard definition digital converter & remote for primary outlet”

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/687962644e813cc42809cb3bb0222c81f31c79d3e524a770b36872236527c283.png

          • realbbbb February 6, 2017 at 1:12 pm #

            Yes, I just posted 4 different articles from four different authors from 4 different websites which all state that the primary outlet is included in the service charge. QED.

            Or is that not good enough proof?

        • rjdriver December 20, 2016 at 8:57 am #

          I would rather look at the increase in a different mathematical way. This cost went up by 57%, with absolutely no reason. If anything else you buy had that kind of increase you would be looking for an alternative.

          Of course, the alternative here is another cableco/telco who will do the same thing, because the real problem is an unregulated TV industry in a virtual oligopoly situation that gets away with anything they want, right from the content providers down to the local delivery service.

  4. Dean Stibbs December 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm #

    Yaaaaay! More fees! Thank you, Comcast!

  5. Joe December 17, 2016 at 12:52 am #

    I hate Comcast as much as the next guy, but if the fee is already $3.49 and it increases to $5.49, you are only paying an extra $6/mo, not $16.47. At least get your numbers right. Lazy reporting Luke.

    • Cord Cutters News December 17, 2016 at 8:12 am #

      Joe you are miss reading we are saying you will pay an extra $16.47 on top of what you pay for the TV service.

      “for the privilege of connecting your TV to the cable TV service you are already paying for.”

      • realbbbb December 19, 2016 at 10:35 am #

        Again, the $16.47 figure is false because the first outlet of service is included in the base rate. Someone with 3 tv’s would be paying $10.98 TOTAL (not EXTRA) for having 2 additional tv’s connected.

        Second, you’re using the figure of $16.47 as a relative figure (e.g. EXTRA) but that’s not a relative figure, that is the ABSOLUTE figure. In other words, you’re confusing relative & absolute figures, probably intentionally because you are trying to make the price increase appear more dramatic). You claim the $16.47 is EXTRA (therefore relative) but compared to what? Compared to analog cable, which hasn’t existed in most Comcast areas for 4-6 years, when you could hook up as many outlets as you wanted with no additional charge? Again, your implication in the article is that starting in Jan 2017, the bill of a Comcast customer would have an EXTRA $16.47 in charges on it because of the increase in fees for digital adapters and this is false. The TOTAL charges would be $16.47 (well, technically $10.98 for the person with 3 total tv’s but I’m just carrying through your wrong value of $16.47), not the EXTRA charges. That’s the whole problem with the article and the way you framed it. You’re intentionally conflating an absolute value ($16.47) with a relative value ($4) in order to make the subject matter (digital adapter price increase) seem much more dramatic than it actually is.

  6. Dogman December 22, 2016 at 1:09 am #

    Xfinity – “the future of awesome” price increases!