Programming costs play the biggest role in rising TV bills. The networks you like to watch are charging cable providers like TDS® more and more money to distribute their programming.
Over the past 15 years, network fees have increased 3.5X the rate of inflation!
Although we do our best to negotiate reasonable rates for the content you enjoy, sometimes network demands (like forcing us to carry low-interest channels) drive increases. We absorb as much of the increase as we can. However, in 2020, a portion of the increase is being passed along to customers.
As of January 1, 2020, the monthly rates for the following TV packages and fees are increasing:
- Basic TV—$5/mo.
- Starter TV—$8/mo.
- Broadcast Fee—$2.74/mo.
- Regional Sports Fee—$3/mo. (except New Hampshire)
In Sun Prairie, WI the following monthly rates for these TV packages are also increasing:
- Expanded TV—$3/mo.
- Expanded Basic—$3/mo.
To learn more about the Broadcast fee and broadcast negotiations, visit our Broadcast Fee page.