Q. It’s 2020 and it looks like the Dodgers won’t be on DIRECTV yet again this season. Isn’t there anything that can be done about this?! Why won’t Charter just lower the fees so every TV company would carry SportsNet LA? It doesn’t make any sense to me at all. — Bev, Marina Del Rey,
Q. I read your story about whether AT&T will shut down DIRECTV. I agree with you that it could happen because it keeps losing subscribers. But what about cable companies like Comcast? They are losing customers, too, so won’t they meet the same fate at some point? — Hank, Fairfax, Virginia. Hank, I wrote a
Q. I thought my Spectrum cable service was supposed to add the ACC Network last week, but it hasn’t. What’s up with that? Why don’t I have it? — Luna, Lebanon, Connecticut. Luna, you are right. Charter, which delivers your Spectrum cable TV service, announced last week that it would add the new ACC Network
Q. I have Charter Spectrum cable and I read that I was going to get the ACC Network. So last night, I turned it on and what do I see? Nothing! Nothing at all. What the hell?! Why wasn’t it on? — Tulo, Los Angeles. Tulo, you are not alone. A large number of Charter/Spectrum
Q. I am excited about the ACC Network starting tomorrow (today, August 22), but I was wondering if my provider, Comcast, will carry it. And if it’s not, which of the streamers will carry it. Will Netflix? — Sam, Raleigh, North Carolina. Sam, you’re right. The ESPN-owned ACC Network debuts tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
Q. I read your story about DIRECTV possibly losing the NFL Sunday Ticket after the 2019 season. Do you think Comcast or Charter could get it? I would imagine if it would make cable great again, if you know what I mean. — Roger, Cleveland. Roger, the National Football League could opt-out of its eight-year
Comcast has revealed at its web site that its ‘early bird’ price for the 2019 MLB Extra Innings plan will be $170, which is roughly $6 (and 3.7 percent) higher than its 2018 pre-season price. The ‘early bird’ offer is good until March 27. Comcast does not say what the price will be after that.
Charter’s Spectrum TV service has revealed at its web site that its price for the 2019 MLB Extra Innings plan will be $177.99, which is $4 higher than the 2018 price. The cable operator’s price for the package of out-of-market games is nearly identical to what DIRECTV is now charging ($177.90). The satcaster raised its
Q. My monthly cable bill just keeps going up and up. My last bill was about $20 more than before and I’m not even sure why! I don’t want to get rid of my service but I gotta get my bill down. Do you have any suggestions? — Eileen, Dunkirk, Maryland. Eileen, I feel your
Dish this weekend has begun alerting existing subscribers that prices on their programming packages will rise in January, the fifth major pay TV operator to announce that it’s hiking monthly video fees in 2019. DIRECTV, U-verse, Comcast, Charter and now Dish have all announced that prices will go up, although the pay TV industry has
Q. I really liked your article on the tough times that satellite TV is having. But I was wondering whether you think cable TV is in the same trouble. With people cutting the cord, is cable TV more or less dead now? — Ron, Milwaukee. Ron, cable TV operators such as Comcast and Charter are
Comcast has increased its ‘Broadcast TV’ and ‘Regional Sports’ fees by a combined 288 percent in just four years, far more than any other major pay TV provider in that time period. The nation’s largest cable operator first added a regional sports fee to subscriber bills in January 2015 with a $1 a month surcharge.