Seattle Cable Customer ~ Watch for July 1st Rate Changes

If you’re a Seattle cable customer, be prepared to see a rate change on your July billing.  Both Comcast and Wave have announced rate changes effective July 1, 2014.

Wave will be raising the rate for its Basic Cable service tier, and any packages that include that service, by $2.26 month. Wave reports the rate increase is due to increased video programming license fees from TV networks owned by Viacom (e.g., Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, CMT) and Disney/ESPN (e.g., Disney Channel, ESPN, ABC Family).  This rate increase will not impact customers with the Local Broadcast service tier (Wave’s lowest level TV service tier).

Comcast is adding a new “Broadcast TV Fee” of $1.50, which will apply to all video (TV) subscribers. The fee is related to the cost Comcast pays to local broadcast stations (e.g., Komo 4, King 5, Kiro 7) to carry their programming over the cable system. These fees are also called ‘retransmission fees’ and you can read more about their origin in the recent (June 2014) USA Today article Retransmission fee race poses questions for TV viewers.

Comcast is also making adjustments (some up, some down) to other service and equipment rates.  A detailed listing of the changes can be found at www.seattle.gov/cable/documents/Comcast_RateChanges_July2014.pdf

For more information on how these rate changes will specifically impact your bill, contact your cable provider directly:

Wave: 1-866-928-3123

Comcast: 1-800-266-2278

For assistance with cable issues you’re not able to resolve with your provider, contact Seattle’s Office of Cable Communications at (206) 684-8498 or on-line at http://www.seattle.gov/cable/comments.htm.