Charter Broadcast TV Surcharge $25, YouTube TV Zero

Staggering to see the broadcast TV fee at Charter now $25 to cover the rising cost of retransmission consent to carry broadcast TV stations. Charter is basically forcing everyone who is not a diehard sports fan to leave for vMVPDs that do not have retrans surcharges (but generally have fewer channels and less local sports) or to cut the cord entirely. Cable companies like Charter clearly realizing that they do not need video subscribers who cannot be profitable, so take price on the subscribers who are “stuck” in the bundle for sports.

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