New year, new fees! Which cable providers are raising rates & how to avoid them


New year, new fees.

Some of the nation’s biggest cable providers are giving consumers another reason to dump their cable subscription — higher monthly rates.

New fees for cable subscribers

According to a report from tech news site DSL Reports, customers of Dish, AT&T/DirecTV and Time Warner Cable have been notified that their rates will be increased in 2016. Although the price increases won’t be the same for every customer, there are new fees being added for a variety of features. And according to the Consumerist, that means consumers could ‘easily’ see an increase of $10 to $20 on their monthly bills beginning in January.

So can switching providers help you avoid the new rate increases?

Not really.

The problem for satellite pay-TV customers is that both major providers are increasing rates by virtually the same amount — leaving you with no similar alternatives.

And for most Time Warner Cable customers, there is no competition — at least, for those who want pay cable TV.

Alternatives to pay TV

If you’re sick of paying a ridiculous amount every month for cable TV, you’re in luck — there are new ways to watch TV and movies without using cable. 


In most cases, you’ll probably still need to get an Internet connection through your cable company, but you can significantly reduce your cable bill by only paying for the entertainment you want instead of being forced to buy a bundle. 

Read more: Cut your monthly pay TV bill in half

Streaming services

Some networks offer their own stand-alone streaming services. Check out a few below!

  • HBO Now: $14.99 a month
  • CBS All Access: $6 a month
  • Showtime:  $10.99 a month

Subscription services

Subscription services like Netflix and Hulu have become very popular due to the fact that you can pick your own programming. 

  • Netflix: Starts at $7.99 a month
  • Hulu: Starts at $7.99 a month (Showtime is an additional $8.99 a month.) 
  • Sling TV: $20 a month (Includes ESPN, CNN, HGTV, the History channel, and a dozen or so others!)
  • Amazon Prime: $99 a year, which averages out to $8.25 a month (You can choose from various networks like  Showtime and Starz as add-ons, the closest thing to à la carte TV!) 

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