Cable TV watchers of Westchester County faced a hefty addition to their household bills as Cablevision, the tri-state area’s cable provider, increased its service fee by 5.5 percent since 2013, a rise higher than the rate of inflation.
Charging an average of $152.72 per month, Cablevision is, according to an analysis made by SNL Kagan according to the International Business Times, known for charging higher fees than any other domestic cable company does. Yet, the trend appears to be widespread. Cable rates have increased by an average 4 percent since last year and cable companies such as Comcast are not too far behind of Cablevision, charging an average of $137.24 per month for its services.
When asked about the rising rates, operators refer to increasing content costs caused by a higher demand for more channels, DVRs, and on-demand content. Whatever the reason, the fact remains that Cablevision charges its Tri-State customers the highest monthly fee in the country.