Report: Hidden fees cost cable subscribers hundreds

(meddygarnet/Flickr Commons)
(meddygarnet/Flickr Commons)

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.

Read the full report at provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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