Nationwide price hikes for Comcast’s cable TV and internet service are coming Jan. 1, according to a Wednesday report by Ars Technica. Both standard monthly rates and hidden fees not shown in advertised pricing will reportedly see increases.
TV customers will see a price increase of up to $4.50 a month on the “Broadcast TV” fee, as well as a $2 bump to the Regional Sports Network (RSN) fee, Ars Technica says. That adds up to paying as much as $78 more per year. Currently, the Broadcast TV fee is reportedly between $7.90 to $14.95, depending on the market, while the RSN fee maxes out at $8.75 a month in most areas.
Six internet-only packages, which are currently priced between $53 and $113, will go up $3 a moth, Ars Technica says. Professional installations and in-home service visits will reportedly go up from $70 to $100. Primary TV box fees will go up from $5 to $7.50, the report adds, while fees for additional boxes will drop from $9.95 to $7.50.
Comcast didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Anyone who’s still paying promotional rates won’t see these price changes until that promotion ends, a Comcast representative reportedly told Ars Technica, “but the RSN and Broadcast TV fees will increase because they’re not part of the promotional pricing.”
This follows reports earlier this week that Comcast will enforce a 1.2TB monthly data cap throughout all 39 states it operates in starting January 2021. In response to a previous CNET request for comment, a Comcast spokesman said: “About 95 percent of our customers are not impacted by this plan, even during the pandemic, because 1.2 terabytes is a massive amount of data that enables consumers to video conference for 3,500 hours or stream 500 hours of HD video in a month.”