Spectrum Cable TV has become a gold mine of entertainment with hundreds of channels to tune into. Spectrum is taking the lead with HD and 200+ channels; more than any other provider. Not just cable, the Charter takes pride in delivering high-speed Internet without data caps. The sugarcoated prices and no contract Spectrum Internet and TV deals are tempting. Everything seems affordable but when hidden charges set in and the introductory period is over, some of us can’t keep up with the monthly bill.
Don’t want to face disappointment down the road? This blog uncovers all costs related to Internet and TV services by Charter.
Spectrum Internet and TV Costs
It’s not just the price of the Internet or cable plan that goes out of your pocket. Some other charges are involved too. Let’s dig into these additional charges:
The Hidden Cost of Internet
Users have so many plans to choose from starting from low-cost deals such as Spectrum Internet Assist to the regular Internet plan offering 100 Mbps at $49.99 per month. This is the introductory price. After 12 months, you will be charged the regular monthly price.
Here’s a breakdown of all costs related to the Internet:
|Standard Installation||$49.99 (one time)|
|Self-Installation||$9.99 (one time)|
|In-Home Wi-Fi||$5 per month|
|Equipment fee||Included in the plan|
|Late payment fee||$8.95|
All services and bundles have a standard installation fee of $49.99. This is a one-time fee where a technician visits your place to set everything.
Customers can install the equipment themselves too. Self-installation costs $9.99, which is also a one-time fee. This is the cost of the installation kit mailed to your home address or received from the store.
The installation fee for the Gig Internet package is different. Self-installation is not available for this 940 Mbps plan. The installation fee in this is $99.99.
Modem and Router Fee
The modem is included in the plan and it’s provided free of cost. If you add Spectrum home WiFi to your Internet plan at a monthly cost of $5, you will need a router. Charter allows its customers to buy or rent the router as well.
All internet plans have a one-time activation fee of $9.99. You can avoid this fee by opting for self-installation.
The Hidden Cost of Charter Cable TV
Cable plans are pretty much straightforward like Internet plans. The provider offers 3 plans with a specific number of channels. All plans include basic channels such a BBC, CNN, Fox News, kids programming, history, lifestyle, sports, and music channels.
The TV select plan costs $44.99 per month, TV Silver costs $69.99 per month and TV Gold costs $89.99 per month. Just as in the case of Internet plans, these prices are introductory offers. After 12 months, the regular prices set in.
Here’s a breakdown of the hidden prices associated with Cable:
|Broadcast TV Surcharge||$13.50 per month|
|Set-top box||$7.99 per month|
|DVR service Fee||$12.99 per month|
|DVR Equipment Rental||$11.99 per month|
|Premium Channels (Cinemax, HBO, NFL RedZone, Showtime, etc.)||$5.99 to 15.99 per month|
|Late Payment Fee||$8.95|
The cable service has one-time installation costs of $49.99. This amount is added to the first month. There is no activation fee for cable.
TV involves different equipment and each having a separate monthly fee.
- Standard set-top box costs $7.99 per month
- HD set-top box with built-in DVR costs $12.99 per month
You can upgrade your HD box to DVR at the price of $4.99. If you want to buy a separate DVR box, it costs $12.99 per month. The monthly charges for a DVR service depend on the number of boxes purchased. DVR is also available on rent at $11.99 per month.
Customers can add premium channels separately to their Spectrum TV packages. These channels include HBO, Cinemax, Epix, Showtime, etc. The monthly price for each channel varies. You will have to pay anywhere between $5.99 and 15.99 per month.
The late payment fee for Spectrum Internet and TV services is $8.95. There is a way to avoid the fee by making the most out of the grace period. Each customer gets 30 days to clear their outstanding due. The late payment fee applies if you fail to pay your bill within 30 days.
Taxes and surcharges are attached to the cable services. The exact amount varies by package and area. The surcharges are imposed by the federal government and passed onto customers.
Service Termination Fee
Charter bills every month. There are no contracts involved to bind customers. They are free to terminate the services anytime they like without bearing a termination fee.
This sums up all costs related to Spectrum Internet and TV plans. Some of these charges are standard and one-time. The provider has made everything simple and clear for its subscribers. Now that you know everything about the charges and costs, you are free to sign up for its TV or Internet plan without any shocking price revelation.
The provider reserves the right to change prices at any time. All prices reflected in this blog are accurate as of the time of writing.