Comcast Xfinity’s 2022 price increases for cable TV and internet are effective as of January 1 and average +11% just on fees and required equipment (view chart). Comcast price increases abound on TV, Internet, Home Security and “Play” bundles in 2022. Xfinity also changed package names, services and programming which further confuses Comcast customers.
- Learn about the Xfinity 2022 price increases.
- Sort through the misinformation, bait & switch pricing, and subscriber trends.
- Why do Xfinity prices go up every year?
- View alternatives to Comcast Xfinity.
Other TV price increases in December were announced from Hulu and Dish. In addition to Comcast, AT&T DirecTV and Direct Stream prices are also going up in January. Save time, sanity and money – talk with an expert in whole-home TV & Wi-Fi solutions.
Xfinity’s 2022 price increases – what you need to know:
Xfinity 2022 price increases were announced in December – read the announcement. Customers of Xfinity (only customers) can view and download the Xfinity 2022 price increase and rate card as a PDF after signing in.
We have also compared the Xfinity 2022 Metro Denver rate card with 2021 rates and packages – request a free consultation call to learn more. The good news – the basic modem rental fee and the regional sports fee didn’t change (although Comcast has blacked out Altitude Sports for years). The bad news:
- Broadcast TV Fees +20%. These channels are FREE with an over-the-air antenna.
- Basic TV Services +12%. Beware of programming changes and the pricing bait & switch.
- Internet Services +10 to 27%. Beware, Comcast’s device limitations are deceiving.
Xfinity 2022 price increases – misinformation and “bait & switch” pricing
Misinformation, multi-tiered support staff, dysfunctional chatbots, bait and switch pricing, and 10%+ annual price increases are just a few reasons Comcast is one of the most hated TV companies in the industry. We couldn’t agree more with the DailyDot’s citations of these and other problems with Comcast – read the full story. Also, Comcast’s industry-low -3 NPS satisfaction scores don’t lie – view report by Customer Guru. Further, Comcast subscribers are mass exiting at a rate close to 10% per year as reported by FierceVideo – 408,000 losses in Q3; 400,000 losses in Q2; and 491,000 losses in Q1.
- Internet Data Caps are unnecessary and should be banned. After pressures from a class-action lawsuit in the Northeast and competitive pressure from Verizon, Comcast pulled their data caps, according to ARS Technica. Ask yourself and Comcast why they are enforcing data caps in Colorado.
- Lack of customer service seems intentional. Xfinity’s chatbot and phone support is painfully and unnecessarily difficult. We regularly hear about language issues, dropped calls, 30-minute plus wait times and never getting a straight answer. Further, and hidden from customers – the loudest complainers eventually get to talk to someone in their “loyalty” department. Ask yourself, how much is your time and sanity worth?
- The bundle price changed again! Xfinity lacks transparency – programming and pricing is a secret; it’s annoyingly complicated; and there is much more behind the annual price changes than the price of the service alone. For one, pricing doesn’t include hidden fees and taxes, read about them here. Also, promotional price changes happen regularly and package discontinuance often results in an unwanted package or bundle. And, quoted (or promoted) prices require fine-print disclaimers like autopay, electronic billing and other services. Ask yourself, will Comcast ever give you a straight answer?
What are people hearing from Xfinity?
Ever heard something like this from a Comcast Xfinity support representative? This is just a few of the statements our customers have shared with us.
- “The triple play bundle bill of TV, Internet and Phone is your least expensive option. If you get internet service by itself it will be $100 a month.”
- “If you are having internet issues, then you need to pay us for more speed.”
- “Our new Comcast Xfinity Flex and Peacock is free and perfect for Cord Cutters, it includes Netflix, Prime and Hulu service for free.”
- “Your bill with the promo price will stay the same for the next year or two.”
- “Yes your double play bundle price is only $100 per month for TV and internet.”
- “You will not save any money by Cutting The Cord, it’s the same price as Cable now.”
Cutting the cord isn’t hard when you trust the experts in whole-home cord-cutting solutions.
Why do Xfinity prices go up every year?
Pay TV pricing starts with the content providers (CBS, ABC, Fox, Disney (including ESPN), NBCUniversal, etc.). And TV providers (Comcast, AT&T DirecTV, Dish, Hulu, YouTube TV) pay to distribute that content in the form of re-transmission fees. Content providers’ expenses rise as professional athletes’ salaries keep going up, actor fees and production costs of shows and movies keep going up, and other operational expenses keep going up. Bottom line: these expenses are passed directly to the consumer through these fees. The Xfinity 2022 monthly price increased for the Broadcast TV Fee to $21.75 in the Denver Metro area.
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Sports, news and local networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS) continue to be the most expensive channels. In addition to raising the Broadcast TV Fee by 20%, Xfinity’s base Sports & News TV package increased by 11%. Repeatedly, disputes on the cost of these broadcast (aka re-transmission) fees result in permanent or temporary channel blackouts – NBCUniversal, parent company of Comcast, had a dispute over Channel 9 KUSA and Channel 20 KTVD with Dish. And, NBCUniversal blacked-out 14 channels in a dispute with YouTube TV in 2021. Notably, Altitude Sports is still blacked out on Comcast and Dish.
The FCC and Broadcast TV
IMPORTANT: The FCC sponsored program and the Communications Act, protects consumers so that all major local network channels remain free via an over-the-air device. In the Metro Denver area, between 60 – 85 local network channels are 100% free forever with a properly installed and configured whole home HD Antenna! StreamWise Solutions understands this, which is why we offer solutions that focus on maximum freedom, flexibility and savings.
Is Cord-Cutting better than Comcast Xfinity?
Correctly cutting the cord is the single best alternative to Comcast Xfinity, giant cable and satellite companies, and other TV providers in Colorado. Anyone can “cut the cord” but we often help existing cord-cutters for a variety of reasons. For nearly identical content, StreamWise Solutions helps customers save an average of $1500 per year on TV and internet.
Comcast denied cord-cutting is real for more than 10 years. Even with the introduction of their Flex box, Comcast will likely lose more than 1.8 million subscribers this year (10% of their total subscriber base of ~18 million.) Media, driven by Comcast, NBCUniversal and other TV providers continue to confuse consumers by advocating that cord cutting costs the same or more than cable – this is only the case if you DIY and cut the cord the wrong way…
Do it yourself (DIY) cord-cutting
Doing cord-cutting yourself can result in overpaying monthly subscription fees, overlapping content, stacking subscriptions, complicated user experiences, frustration with streaming devices, and running into data caps or performance issues like buffering. Further, there are lots of opinions and “just do what I did’s” to cord-cutting; but every home’s Wi-Fi and TV needs are unique and those opinions typically create more confusion than is necessary.
Customer testimonial: Cord-cutting vs. Comcast Xfinity
I have just completed cutting cable TV out of my life for good. Cable companies tend to be disreputable as they raise your prices without notice, they play games when you call in to try to get them to reduce the bill and they eliminate channels you actually watch when reducing the price and then raise it back up in one month. I hired this company out of Lakewood called StreamWise Solutions to get me set up. I’ve got everything I want to watch (and still a bunch more) but my savings are $130/month!! Won’t take long to pay for the service (1x cost).
— FACEBOOK REVIEW – PEGGY SHUPE
What are other alternatives to Comcast Xfinity?
There are countless alternatives to Comcast Xfinity and subscribing to cable bundles, all of which can help save money on TV and internet. Consider these alternatives instead of overpaying for TV and internet from a giant cable co like Comcast or a giant satellite co like DirecTV or Dish.
- Cut the cord with StreamWise Solutions – experts in whole-home TV, Internet & Wi-Fi Solutions. We personalize the TV and Wi-Fi solution (antennas, streaming media players, Wi-Fi equipment and optimized subscription services) to help you save the most every month and not sacrifice the connected living experience important and unique to you. Request a free TV & Wi-Fi consultation call.
- Cut the cord yourself – utilize expert advice from StreamWise Solutions and other cord-cutting resources like Ars Technica or Cord Cutters News.
- Install an antenna – there are hundreds of TV Antennas and dozens of equipment manufacturers to consider. Instead of evaluating each TV Antenna, save time and sanity by utilizing an Antenna Installer like StreamWise Solutions who utilizes signal meters and other specialty equipment to ensure you are getting all the channels without interruptions.
- Switch to streaming – there are more than 300 streaming services available today. And, some TV content providers (ex. Hallmark, HBO, etc.) offer direct subscriptions. Almost every cable channel can be subscribed to a-la-carte without a contract. Instead of wholesale switching to a Hulu +Live or YouTube TV yourself, StreamWise Solutions utilizes multiple tools to ensure the channels wanted are contained in the streaming service. We only recommend what’s best for our customers based on coverage, monthly savings and the best connected living experience.
- Get internet and TV separate – owning your own modem/router typically results in a payback of 11 months, better performance and control. StreamWise Solutions evaluates Wi-Fi coverage and performance throughout the home, ensuring optimal performance throughout the whole home for a lower monthly cost.
- Negotiate your Comcast Xfinity bill – don’t settle or let Comcast steer you into a package or bundle that isn’t right for you. Use our guide to help lower your Comcast Xfinity bill for good.
In Summary, cut your cable TV & internet bundle in half.
StreamWise Solutions helps people cut-the-cord with more than eleven years of expertise making connected living easy for Coloradans. Schedule a free consultation with a StreamWise Solutions expert and save time, money and sanity! On average, StreamWise Solutions customers save $1500 per year on TV and internet, typically cutting cable or satellite bills in half.
- Avoid subscription price increases.
- No hidden fees and taxes.
- No contracts.
- Improve performance of Wi-Fi.
- Reduce cost of equipment.
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