So much great TV to watch — ever wonder how Comcast brings it to you?

Every month, Comcast pays programmers like networks, local TV station owners and others for the ability to bring their channels and shows to you. That’s right, Comcast pays the programmers – not the other way around. When those contracts near an end, we work to renew them. Typically, these business agreements are completed smoothly. However, sometimes programmers demand excessive fee increases for the same channels. That could have a major impact on your bill. In these cases, Comcast works to reach a fair agreement so that we can continue to deliver the programming that you love.

Committed to Bringing You the Entertainment You Love

All TV providers like Comcast go through contract negotiations with programmers like networks, local TV station owners and others. We’re committed to bringing you the news, sports and entertainment you love at a great value. If a programmer makes it impossible for us to maintain this commitment, it can force Comcast to remove its channels from your lineup as a last resort. Unfortunately, no matter who you choose for your provider, there is a risk that you may lose access to channels that you’ve come to enjoy. We do everything we can to prevent this from happening and have reached hundreds of agreements without interruption.

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Frequently Asked Questions
How do network fees work?
We pay networks, local TV station owners and others for the ability to deliver their channels and shows to you. The fees vary based on factors such as the type of content, the popularity of the network and the demand for its content. When a contract expires, we renegotiate with the goal of continuing to carry the channel at a reasonable price.
Why do blackouts happen?
Programmers who demand excessive fees can take away Comcast’s ability to air their channels and shows if a fair agreement cannot be reached prior to the contract expiration date. The result is a network or channel blackout. We realize that losing channels is an inconvenience for you and we work hard to prevent that from happening.
Could my bill be affected by programming fee increases?
Yes. Programming is the number one cost for all video providers, not just Comcast. Programming costs for TV providers have increased more than 30% since 2012, according to third party researcher SNL Kagan. We work hard to limit the impact of this on our customers’ bills, averaging less than a 4% increase per year. We are committed to providing the best programming at the best possible value.
Why shouldn’t I just switch to another provider so I can watch my shows?
Losing channels is a possibility with any TV provider. All television providers must engage in these negotiations from time to time. We are committed to providing you with the best entertainment at the best value. We work to resolve any interruptions as quickly as possible.
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