Comcast to raise rates for cable TV

January 29, 1995|By From Staff Reports

Monthly bills for many Comcast cable television subscribers in Harford County will increase slightly beginning March 1.

In a notice sent last week to the County Council, Comcast said Harford subscribers to Expanded Basic Service will receive a 43-cent increase, to $17.59 per month.

Rate increases for Comcast subscribers in the county's three municipalities and at Aberdeen Proving Ground will be similar, ranging from 29 cents to 49 cents a month, depending on where a subscriber lives.

Comcast, which has 50,000 subscribers in the county, is mailing notices to customers concerning the rate changes.

Increases for the Expanded Basic Service are necessary because of programming expenses for existing channels and the addition of two channels -- Comedy Central and CNN International -- to the service, Comcast officials said.

The monthly rate for subscribers receiving the Value Pak service also will increase.

Starting March 1, customers in the county, Bel Air and Havre de Grace will be billed $1.30 a month for the Value Pak service, up from 40 cents. Customers in Aberdeen also will be charged $1.30 per month, up from 39 cents, and customers at the proving ground will pay $1.30, up from 38 cents.

The increase is caused by the addition of one channel to the current four in the Value Pak, Comcast officials said. The new channel is Turner Classic Movies, a 24-hour, commercial-free channel that shows more than 400 movies per month.

HTC After March 1, the Value Pak channels must be purchased collectively. The four existing channels are the Sci-Fi Channel, TBS, TNT and AMC.

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