According to a new report, the average consumer pays more than $231 per year in “hidden, hideously vexing fees” to cable companies.
Based on a survey of major cable companies, 99 percent of customers rent a set-top box from their provider at an average of $89 per year.
According to a report from NBC News, a recent FCC rule change could stick consumers with that rental fee permanently.
Currently, consumers are able to rent a CableCARD from their provider, which allows third-party devices to access digital cable programming. This allows consumers to buy their own cable box, such as a TiVo.
Under the changed rule, cable companies are no longer required to provide the CableCARD.