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Hi Susan, Just a friendly reminder that you chose a TV package that does not include sports programming. Recently, we’ve learned that USA Network is adding sports shows to its schedule. As a result, we’re removing USA Network from your package on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
Here is my response:
Don't misunderstand me...I'm just tryin' to help...but it's not "sports" programming" but "regional sports" programming.
The Regional Sports Surcharge is not a government-mandated fee and...alongside the Broadcast TV Surcharge...are the largest increasing costs for cable-TV.
What is it? Regional sports networks charge Cox to transmit their regional sports programs. Cox will then charge you this cost to recoup from you the money it had paid to the regional sports networks. The surcharge is not regulated and is highly arbitrary.
Largest Increasing Costs. Since 2019, the Broadcast TV Surcharge increased $6.00 (60%) and the Regional Sports Surcharge $3.00 (43%). Notice how these surcharges are nicely rounded?
If the USA Network is transmitting regional sports and you've subscribed to a cable-TV package without this surcharge, Cox will remove the network from your package simply because Cox can't recoup money from you. It's just punishment for being a frugal consumer. It's also the rationale to cut-the-cord.
I'm curious to your TV package without the Regional Sports Surcharge. What is it? I may subscribe to it!
Also, I am subscribed to the Cox TV Economy package. I do not have a regional sports surcharge, but I do have a broadcast surcharge.
Oddly...after considerable research...I couldn't find the Cox TV Economy package in my area. It's just Starter and Preferred. I wonder if a moderator could (will) confirm if Cox TV Economy is available in the Fairfax County Area...or is it hidden.
Which package was the Economy? I've heard of Starter, Preferred and Ultimate for many years, so these weren't renamed. Where's the Economy in my area?
The last time I called your "Commission" Dept, they fraudulently signed me up for not publishing my telephone number. I never asked for it...we never spoke of it...and I wouldn't have needed it but...ta-da...it was on my next bill.