MCCARTHY, KRUK WORST IN MLB: COMCAST RAISES FEE TO HEAR THEM!

By Anne Burke

It is an article of faith in Philly, its suburbs and really all around the country that the one bill we all hate to pay is for Comcast service.

Especially because they provide so little service.

And also because NBC Sports Philly is an abomination with the absolute worst Phillies announcer, Tom McCarthy.

I know a lot of people who mute the volume because they can’t stand listening to McCarthy and his dopey sidekick John Kruk.

Scott Franzke is great, and we can live with the 10-second delay.

And now we are going to have to pay more for McCarthy and Kruk as they describe the National League champ Phillies in 2023!

The Inky is reporting that starting Dec. 20, customers nationwide will see their rates increase by 3.8%, on average, company spokesperson Jennifer Bilotta said. In December 2021, the average rate increase was 3%.

“TV networks and other video programmers continue to raise their prices, with broadcast television and sports being the biggest drivers of increases in customers’ bills,” Bilotta said Monday in a statement.

Comcast has started notifying customers and municipalities that it plans to raise video and Internet prices next month, including a whopping $7.35 a month increase for the Broadcast TV fee in one town.

Like other cable and satellite operators, Comcast has increased its monthly rates at year’s end for several years in a row.

Comcast last year at this time raised the price of the average monthly bill, including video, Internet and voice, by an average of three percent nationwide as well as raise the regional sports channel fee and Broadcast TV fee by as much as $7 a month.

In a letter sent last week to the city of Taunton, Massachusetts, Comcast said the Broadcast TV fee would rise from $18.65 a month to $26 a month, effective December 20, 2022. (Comcast says the Broadcast TV fee is based on the cost of providing local stations in your market.)

Comcast this evening confirmed to The TV Answer Man that the price increase is nationwide. Here is the statement from a Comcast spokesperson who said the average increase in all markets combined will be 3.8 percent.

“TV networks and other video programmers continue to raise their prices, with broadcast television and sports being the biggest drivers of increases in customers’ bills. We’re continuing to work hard to manage these costs for our customers while investing in our broadband network to provide the best, most reliable Internet service in the country and to give our customers more low-cost choices in video and connectivity so they can find a package that fits their lifestyle and budget. Our national average increase of 3.8% is about half of the most recent rate of inflation.”

In the letter to the Taunton city government, Patrick Shearns, Comcast’s senior manager of government and regulatory affairs, says the following:

“We are always committed to delivering the entertainment and services that matter most to our customers in your community, as well as exciting experiences they won’t find anywhere else. We are also focused on making our network stronger in order to meet our customers’ current needs and future demands. As we continue to invest in our network, products, and services, the cost of doing business rises. Rising programming costs, most notably for broadcast TV and sports, continue to be the biggest factors driving price increases. While we absorb some of these costs, these fee increases affect service pricing. As a result, starting December 20, 2022, prices for certain services and fees will be increasing, including the Broadcast TV Fee and the Regional Sports Network Fee.”

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  1. Roger

    This article is an OPINION PIECE regarding McCarthy and Kruk. I LOVE KRUK. I LIKE MCCARTHY. I HATE CABLE BILLS! Oh, and I think your opinion of aKruk and McCarthy is a Strikeout!!!

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