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Spectrum Raising Broadcast TV and Equipment Fees in March

Phillip Dampier February 16, 2022 Charter Spectrum, Consumer News 4 Comments

Effective March 18, 2022 the cost of Spectrum’s “Broadcast TV Fee,” charged to cable television customers, will increase $3, reaching an unprecedented $21 a month, just to cover the carriage of local, over the air television stations. The Broadcast TV Fee was last raised to $17.99 in June 2021. The summer before that, the fee increased by nearly $3 a month as well. This means the average surcharge for local, over the air stations, is going up an average of $36 a year at Spectrum.

Equipment fees are also increasing by another $1 a month, to $9.99 per HD set-top cable box. Spectrum has been regularly increasing the cost of equipment rentals since its 2016 merger with Time Warner Cable. Charter Communications argued that one of the merger benefits was a promised reduction in the monthly cost of set-top equipment. Immediately after the merger deal was approved, the company charged $4.99 a month for each set-top box. But rates began rising almost immediately. In mid-2017, the rental price was raised to $5.99 a month, and in early 2018, it increased another $1 a month for $6.99. In 2020, the price went up another $1 to $7.99 a month, then yet another $1 to $8.99 a month in June 2021. This spring, the price rises another dollar to $9.99 a month.

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Steve
Steve
6 months ago

Can’t believe another increase. The Equipment Fee is really a rip off . Will be shopping for a new provider. Looks like streaming is the way to go. Good Bye Spectrum Cable

Ebert
Ebert
6 months ago

Unless you’re renting satellite trucks, cellular links are the most reliable, professional method for streaming outdoor events. The cellular link combines the cookie clicker speeds of multiple networks — including 2.5G, 3G, 4G LTE, and Wi-Fi — into a single fast and reliable internet connection for broadcasting purposes.

ray4a
ray4a
5 months ago

I have been a Charter subscriber for the last 30 years. I have seen “cable” cost rise constantly. I wish someone would allow us to choose the programing we WATCH and not the millions of programs THEY buy for us to turn away from. We can only watch one program at a time yet they “deliver” programing that is completely useless EXCEPT for the “executives” that decide what will make them the most money buy constantly adding CRAP no one will watch . Spectrum adding OAN to their line up is a slap in the face to anyone other than… Read more »

Blake Rice
1 month ago

I thought Silence is Golden to watch those down age videos on YouTube

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