• Comcast fees

    From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to All on Sat May 13 06:29:00 2023
    Comcast has always charged a "Local Access Fee" and a "Sports
    Programming Fee" on their cable packages. If you called them about it,
    they make it sound like they're fees they're required to pay that they
    pass on to their customers to bring sports and regional TV programming
    to their cable customers.

    A couple of years ago, they changed their wording buried on their web
    site to clarify that it was not government mandated.

    I started shopping around different plans, and noticed that they're
    charging those fees on internet-only packages - even if you don't have a TV package!

    I'm looking at keeping cable for TV only, and apparently, you need to
    rent a cable modem even if you don't have internet service, it sounds
    like their X1 TV service uses it? Or, maybe it's needed for the
    streaming boxes on other TVs? Not sure, but I couldn't configure a
    package online without a cable modem at $14.95/month.

    I'd switch in an instant, but my wife watches a couple of cable channels consistently, and adding a streaming TV service to AT&T fiber doesn't
    lower the cost a whole lot. It would buy me symmetric speeds; I'd love
    to sync my NAS to the cloud, but the upload at 15 mbps would kill me.





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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to poindexter FORTRAN on Fri Jun 16 11:02:01 2023
    Re: Comcast fees
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to All on Sat May 13 2023 06:29:00

    streaming boxes on other TVs? Not sure, but I couldn't configure a
    package online without a cable modem at $14.95/month.

    You might consider Hulu's TV service, which is decent, but winds up costing as much as cable (or more) depending on your total TV service costs. Hulu's UX is better than the other online TV options I've tried (youtube tv and fubo).


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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Tracker1 on Fri Jun 16 11:39:55 2023
    Re: Comcast fees
    By: Tracker1 to poindexter FORTRAN on Fri Jun 16 2023 11:02 am

    You might consider Hulu's TV service, which is decent, but winds up costing as much as cable (or more) depending on your total TV service costs. Hulu's UX is better than the other online TV options I've tried (youtube tv and fubo).

    If you use Hulu with ads, one thing I've found is that their commercials are a lot louder than the show volumen. Once the commercials start, it's a bit annoying.

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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Nightfox on Fri Jun 16 22:42:29 2023
    Re: Comcast fees
    By: Nightfox to Tracker1 on Fri Jun 16 2023 11:39 am


    If you use Hulu with ads, one thing I've found is that their commercials are a lot louder than the show volumen. Once the commercials start, it's a bit annoying.


    boy i wonder where they got that idea from.
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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Tracker1 on Mon Jun 19 07:49:00 2023
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    You might consider Hulu's TV service, which is decent, but winds up costing as much as cable (or more) depending on your total TV service costs. Hulu's UX is better than the other online TV options I've tried (youtube tv and fubo).

    It'd be interesting to see the bottom line price comparing the two,
    after all the fees are added in.




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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to Nightfox on Wed Jun 21 23:15:14 2023
    Re: Comcast fees
    By: Nightfox to Tracker1 on Fri Jun 16 2023 11:39:55

    You might consider Hulu's TV service, which is decent, but winds up
    costing as much as cable (or more) depending on your total TV
    service costs. Hulu's UX is better than the other online TV options
    I've tried (youtube tv and fubo).

    If you use Hulu with ads, one thing I've found is that their commercials are a lot louder than the show volumen. Once the commercials start, it's a bit annoying.

    Yeah, most of the live tv does include ads, and you can't skip on a lot of them. I mostly just sail the high sees, but the Hulu UX gets family approval. I rarely use it myself.


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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to poindexter FORTRAN on Wed Jun 21 23:16:40 2023
    Re: Re: Comcast fees
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to Tracker1 on Mon Jun 19 2023 07:49:00

    Tracker1 wrote to poindexter FORTRAN <=-
    You might consider Hulu's TV service, which is decent, but winds up
    costing as much as cable (or more) depending on your total TV
    service costs. Hulu's UX is better than the other online TV options
    I've tried (youtube tv and fubo).

    It'd be interesting to see the bottom line price comparing the two,
    after all the fees are added in.

    From what I recall it's mostly a toss up, or a hair more expensive for Hulu, only that the UX is better imo. I don't use either, mostly pay for what I do to avoid the guilt when I download, that and family prefers Hulu.


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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Tracker1 on Thu Jun 22 09:06:25 2023
    Re: Comcast fees
    By: Tracker1 to Nightfox on Wed Jun 21 2023 11:15 pm

    If you use Hulu with ads, one thing I've found is that their commercials
    are a lot louder than the show volumen. Once the commercials start, it's
    a bit annoying.

    Yeah, most of the live tv does include ads, and you can't skip on a lot of them. I mostly just sail the high sees, but the Hulu UX gets family approval. I rarely use it myself.

    Yes, many of them have ads; what I was saying was that Hulu has the ad volume louder than the content you're watching. Other streaming services don't do that.

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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Nightfox on Fri Jun 23 10:19:22 2023
    Re: Comcast fees
    By: Nightfox to Tracker1 on Thu Jun 22 2023 09:06 am

    Yes, many of them have ads; what I was saying was that Hulu has the ad volume louder than the content you're watching. Other streaming services don't do that.

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  • From Tracker1@VERT/TRN to Nightfox on Tue Jun 27 23:09:03 2023
    Re: Comcast fees
    By: Nightfox to Tracker1 on Thu Jun 22 2023 09:06:25

    Yes, many of them have ads; what I was saying was that Hulu has the ad volume louder than the content you're watching. Other streaming services don't do that.

    Didn't realize others didn't do that. Since regular TV did it, just assumed it was the ad content itself. All the better to catch my own TV whales...


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  • From Air@VERT/EOTLBBS to Tracker1 on Mon Jul 17 00:27:40 2023
    Re: Comcast fees
    By: Tracker1 to Nightfox on Tue Jun 27 2023 23:09:03

    Re: Comcast fees
    By: Nightfox to Tracker1 on Thu Jun 22 2023 09:06:25

    Yes, many of them have ads; what I was saying was that Hulu has the ad volume louder than the content you're watching. Other streaming services don't do that.

    Didn't realize others didn't do that. Since regular TV did it, just assumed it was the ad content itself. All the better to catch my own TV whales...


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    Good Day!

    I work for a cable operator in a video deparment similar to Comcast, I work for Charter Communications. The reality is that live TV Fees from providers are fully getting out of hand. As an exaple, ABC, who the owner is Disney, as a channel normally asks about 6 dollars per subscriber. Disney also forces that most packages that include ESPN must also include Disney channel which increases costs to customers. My suggestion is either go full streaming services or maybe consider options like Youtube TV or Fubo, but tbqh, pricing sometimes can be similar.


    One suggestion is to start looking into the FAST offerings from options like Tubi and Pluto as a Psuedo cable service
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