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Time Warner Raises Rates in a Sneaky Way

While monthly rate increases are commonplace, especially towards the end of each year, Time Warner is putting into place increases that have not been seen before. Instead of an increase to the actual monthly bill itself, they are using monthly add on fees that affect all customers.

On January 1st 2015 Time Warner is adding a $2.75  monthly sports surcharge  to all video subscriber’s bills. This fee is added regardless of the package you have, and is added to customers bills that do not have any type of sports package. Time Warner will also be increasing their monthly local channel surcharge from $2.25 to $2.75 each month.

The Time Warner monthly fee increases does not stop there though. On January 1st, internet subscribers will be paying an increased monthly fee for their modems, which is being increased to $8.00 from the current price of $5.99 a month. HBO subscribers who get the channel as a stand alone monthly purchase will see their bills increase from $14.99 to $16.99 each month.

As it has been stated, it is common for cable and satellite providers to raise their rates towards the end of each year, but Time Warner has decided to try and sneak in their increases through means other than the actual monthly programming package costs. Time Warner has stated that they have no plans currently to raise the prices on their actual monthly package prices at this time.

The reason behind their increases and added fees is to be able to keep up with the increasing costs of providing sports programing and buying and maintaining new equipment. Time Warner is not alone in increasing their sports access surcharges (even though most other cable and sat providers only charge customers with sports packages) and are doing so to cover the increase in fees being demanded by content providers such as ESPN.

 

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