Time Warner Cable said it will add a surcharge that customers will have to pay for sports programming. Multichannel News reports that the pay TV distributor will add $2.75 a month to bills starting in January.
“Time Warner Cable is one of several distributors that said they were either implementing or increasing their sports surcharge in 2015, including Cablevision Systems, DirecTV and Mediacom Communications,” the story reports. “In addition, Time Warner Cable said it would increase its nine-month-old broadcast TV surcharge to $2.75 per month from $2.25 and would increase its monthly modem lease fee from $5.98 to $8 next year. Customers can avoid the lease charge if they purchase their own modems.”
The fee will not affect customers who are covered by promotional offers, but the new charges will kick in at the end of the promotional period, the report notes.
The article adds: “Time Warner Cable said broadcast fees have risen more than 60% in the past two years and that the cost of cable sports channels has increased 91% since 2008. The company said the charges only represent a fraction of what it pays to programmers.”