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Comcast raising prices across Xfinity Internet, TV packages

Most TV and Internet customers will see their bills increase, starting in January.

Most TV and Internet customers will see their bills increase, starting in January.

The Xfinity X1 platform powers Comcast's video set-top boxes as well as the streaming TV device called Flex. (Courtesy image)
The Xfinity X1 platform powers Comcast’s video set-top boxes as well as the streaming TV device called Flex. (Courtesy image)

Comcast will raise the price of its core Xfinity TV and Internet packages in January, a move the company says will help offset higher programming and service-related costs.

The price changes will see TV customers pay increased prices for some of Comcast’s core programming packages and supplemental surcharges like the Broadcast TV Fee and Regional Sports Fee.

Additionally, Comcast’s Xfinity Internet customers who only pay for broadband service will also see price increases, with the average subscriber paying around $6 more for service, the company said.

While specific prices for TV service will vary based on region, these are the new prices some customers in Northern California will be charged, based on a notice sent to some Comcast customers there:

  • Broadcast TV Fee: $30.50 per month (previously $27.50 per month)
  • Regional Sports Fee: $18.75 per month (previously $17.25 per month)
  • Choice TV Select: $43.50 per month (previously $37.50 per month)
  • Choice TV Select with Flex: $53.50 per month (previously $46.50 per month)
  • Xfinity TV Box with remote: $10 per month (previously $9 per month)
  • Xfinity TV adapter with remote: $10 per month (previously $9 per month)

In most areas where Comcast offers broadcast service, the new price of Xfinity Internet packages will be:

  • Connect: $67 per month (previously $61 per month), around 75 Mb/s download speed
  • Connect More: $79 per month (previously $73 per month), around 200 Mb/s download speed
  • Fast: $89 per month (previously $83 per month), around 400 Mb/s download speed
  • Superfast: $99 per month (previously $93 per month), around 800 Mb/s download speed
  • Gigabit: $109 per month (previously $103 per month), around 1,000 Mb/s download speed
  • Gigabit Extra: $119 per month (previously $113 per month), around 1.2 Gb/s download speed

On a webpage offered to give customers more information about the price increases, Comcast says subscribers who are on promotional plans or who have fixed-term contractual agreements for service won’t see an increase in prices “until that period is over.” Confusingly, some customers who are on promotional rates have received notifications that their bills will increase as if they are on regular rates.

Comcast says customers who are might have financial hardships should consider applying for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a government subsidy that offers “long-term financial assistance to qualified households,” which comes in the form of a $30 bill credit. The ACP is set to run out of federal funding by next April.

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