The Cable TV Bundle has lots of expensive fees and taxes.
It’s no secret; your Cable TV bundle bill keeps going up. If you have ever wasted hours calling in to try to reduce your Cable or Satellite bundle TV bill, you can probably guess why. Part of Cable TV’s retention plan is to make it hard to cancel – endless voice prompts, long hold times, and transferred calls. Finally, you reach a SALES rep that tries to sell you on all of the bundle’s value. I like to call this Bundle BS. Besides trying to convince you to keep the hundreds of TV channels you don’t watch, they then sell you the safety of having a home phone (which you don’t need since you have a cell phone). “Oh wait, you have a cell phone, great!” says the Comcast sales rep; we have a bundle for cell phone and home security that I can sell you too?!?
Then there are all the hidden fees and taxes. It’s much easier to make the TV bundle sound good when you only have to quote the TV channels’ short term essential cost. What might start at “$50” for TV ends up costing over $100 after ALL the fees, taxes, and promo prices expire, such as a broadcast TV fee, sports TV fee, TV box fees, HD fee, DVR fee, and taxes. Add on Internet to the bundle and all of a sudden you are pushing $200 per month. We have all been burnt by this same bait and switch pricing for decades. Consumer Reports has an article about all these Cable TV fees.
Why your Cable TV bill is so expensive and keeps getting higher.
It’s essential to understand why these Cable TV price increases happen and why they will only worsen in the future. The Pay-TV Providers (Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, etc.) pay the Content Providers (Disney, Time Warner, CBS, etc.) for their channels. These major Content Providers keep raising their rates and forcing the TV Providers to buy channel bundles instead of A La Carte channels, so this is the real problem with the TV. Sports, Local Networks, and Cable News, in that order, are the most expensive channels. So a TV service that has Sports plus all the major network channels will always be more expensive, especially Cable TV bundles with their 200 channels.
In reality, anyone that sticks with their old Cable & Satellite provider will have more rate increases and much bigger bills, and here is why.
- As mentioned above TV Content prices continue to rise.
- Over 6 million people cut the cord from Cable & Satellite in 2019, with 2020 on pace to have even more cord cutters.
- Cable TV now has a lot less subscribers to distribute these higher TV Content costs to. Therefore anyone that stays with Cable TV will have to take on this burden and can be guaranteed to see price increases.
Cable & Satellite providers have no choice; they have to increase their prices. They are getting charged more for TV Content every year and now have a lot less Cable TV subscribers to pay them for these TV Content increases.
Future of Cable TV – More fees, taxes and blackouts.
Cable & Satellite will not only have a higher rate increases, but they will be happening more frequently, usually, in the form of sneaky fees, bait & switch pricing, locked-in contracts, and blackouts.
In the last 12 months, some significant disputes have involved Cable & Satellite blacking out HBO, CBS, ABC, Altitude Sports, and more. This dysfunctional relationship is why your Cable & Satellite bills creep up every three months and will keep increasing if you stay with Cable and Satellite. It’s also the reason that 2020 had the most Cable TV channel blackouts in history. StreamWise Solutions, formerly freeTVee, is all about maximum freedom and maximum savings (no fees and blackouts). Schedule a free consultation now to find out how much money you can save!
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What is the least expensive way to watch TV?
At StreamWise Solutions, formerly freeTVee, we are all about getting you the least expensive TV & Internet every month forever. There are lots of great free streaming options that we install for our customers. However, the most-watched TV channels are available in HD for free with an Outdoor or Attic TV Antenna. If installed properly, you can get all of your major local network TV channels with better picture quality and better HD, free forever!
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You can also get very inexpensive Cable TV channels without any contract. The ones we recommend are $20-$30 per month for 40-60 of your favorite Cable TV channels with no contract. Streaming Cable TV channels month to month is a smarter way to pay less for only what you want.
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Don’t call Comcast or Centurylink for help; schedule a call with StreamWise Solutions instead and get honest answers and real savings. We have no skin in the game, so we will always give you the best solution for your unique situation. The most important thing to remember is that all of the BS taxes and fees are still on Home Phone and TV. We always recommend you do Internet-only, which you can get for $56 per month or less – this includes all taxes and fees! It varies by location, but most areas only have Comcast or Centurylink internet options – check out our recent Internet speed and savings guide for more details.
High Speed Internet & TV for under $60 per month forever!
Everyone has switched from Cable to Satellite and back to Cable again, chasing the promise of a cheaper TV and Internet, plus better customer service. I think we have all realized by now that they are all the same. They all have terrible customer service, and you pay hundreds of dollars a month for hundreds of channels you don’t watch.
StreamWise Solutions experts will help you get TV and Internet for under $60 a month. Priced for life, with 5-star customer service included. StreamWise Solutions isn’t some Cable & Satellite bait and switch pricing. This is REAL freedom and REAL savings forever.
Conclusion – It is cheaper and more flexible to get TV and Internet separately.
Over the years, there is proof that you cannot trust Comcast, CenturyLink, DirecTV, and Dish. Please don’t waste your time calling them to hear their Bundle BS sales pitch. Cable TV fees and taxes make the TV bundle expensive and will only get higher as time goes on. The Internet only fees and taxes are very minimal, and there are lots of different options for free and less expensive TV without all of the fees and no contracts. Save your time, money, and sanity. Schedule a free phone consultation today and start saving thousands of dollars every year!
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