Cable TV provider FiOS recently announced it would stop charging customers who are paid in cash for the right to stream their local TV station’s local channel.
Now, a new study says you can actually avoid the cable kickback by buying cable direct from the network.
The study found that, while the fee can add up to $300 to the cost of the TV, there are cheaper ways to pay for the channel and still get the channels you want.
According to the report, you can get a channel directly from the station or pay a small monthly fee that will cover the cable fee and not the kickbacks.
In the study, the cable providers were divided into two groups: one paying cash for their local channels, the other paying the cable channel in exchange for a bundle of local channels that include local TV stations.
When you pay for local channels via pay-TV, you pay the local channel fee in addition to the cable TV fee.
If you don’t subscribe to a pay-television provider, then you pay that fee separately.
“The cable kick-backs are the most egregious and unfair thing in the entire industry,” said Tim Balsamo, president of the Cable TV Consumer Advocates Alliance.
“It’s completely unfair and doesn’t even take into account that a lot of people don’t have pay-Television subscriptions.”
The study said customers who subscribe to FiOS and are paying the local TV fees are likely to be paying around $30 a month, which is a lot less than they are paying for local cable channels.
However, a lot people pay more than $300 for local TV channels, and those are people who aren’t getting the full local channel package.
According the study: FiOS customers pay $5.50 per month to get their local channel bundles.
FiOS users pay $8.50 for their “local bundle” of channels and pay $9.50 to get local TV bundles.
Customers who subscribe only to cable TV providers can get $11 per month for their channels.
Fios customers who pay only to Fios can get up to 50% of the total local TV package, which can include local channels for around $8 a month.
Firos customers who don’t pay FiOS can get 30% of local TV packages, which includes local channels in the range of $10 to $15 a month for customers who already subscribe to cable providers.
“I’ve seen a lot more customers who just buy the local channels and don’t even pay for FiOS,” said Balsamon.
“People are just taking the local bundles and paying the price of the cable bundles.
They’re not even paying for the cable bundle.
They just pay the cable fees.”
The fees are paid by the cable companies through fees on the cable packages, but it’s not clear whether they’re a fixed fee or a variable charge.
“There are a lot better ways to get your local TV bundle than to pay the money for cable bundles,” said Bob Hohler, president and CEO of the consumer group Communications Alliance of America.
“FiOS, at least at this point, is not providing any information about their pricing or whether they have an incentive to increase the fees.”
In a statement, FiOS said it’s committed to providing all our customers with access to our local channels.
“We do not have a fee or kickback for the local package, and it’s our goal to provide our customers access to all of our local TV programming as quickly as possible,” FiOS CEO Dan Mullen said in a statement.
“While we believe it is important to ensure our customers receive local TV services when they subscribe to our service, we are also committed to maintaining our fair and reasonable pricing and terms for our customers.”
The cable companies were initially quick to respond, releasing a statement that said FiOS has “been a pioneer in providing local TV to its customers and is committed to ensuring our local bundles are delivered on time and at a fair price.”
“As an industry leader, we believe that every customer deserves the full and affordable local package that comes with FiOS TV,” the statement said.
“Our customers have been telling us for years that they prefer our local offerings and that they want to see the full bundle offered by FiOS when they sign up.”
The DSD Cable Kickback Study was released by the Consumers Union in April.
The consumer group says FiOS is a big winner when it comes to the kickback.
FiOs has more local channels than all other cable providers combined, and its local TV coverage has been growing at an incredible rate.
It’s currently available on FiOS subscribers across the U.S. The cable industry has made significant strides in the last five years to try and stop the DDSK cable kick back.
The FCC recently gave the cable industry until January 2019 to end the kick back and the government is currently considering legislation to make the practice illegal.