Spectrum TV customers will see an increase in their bills, beginning next month. On March 18, 2022, Spectrum will be increasing broadcast TV fees and equipment fees.
With the price hike, equipment fees will go up by $1 per month while broadcast TV fees will go up by just over $3 per month. Spectrum gave customers notice of the update in the following message.
Notification of rate changes
As of 3/18/2022, there will be changes to Spectrum services, equipment, fees and surcharges where applicable:
- Broadcast TV Surcharge will increase to $21.00
- Equipment fees for HD Boxes will increase from $8.99 to $9.99 (per receiver)
Here’s how Spectrum describes the Broadcast TV Surcharge:
As a direct result of local broadcast or “network-affiliated” TV stations in recent years dramatically increasing the rates to Charter Communications to distribute their signals to our customers, we’re forced to pass those charges on as a “Broadcast TV Surcharge.” These local TV signals were historically made available to us at no cost or low cost. However, in recent years the prices demanded by local broadcast TV stations have necessitated that we pass these costs on to customers.