Unlike Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse, Cox Communications in Orange County hasn’t notified customers that its cable TV prices will go up this year. That’s because the actual increase has not been determined.
Prices are expected to go up in 2009, Lana Ong, the media representative with Cox’s Orange County division, said Friday.
Cox already raised its video prices last March, and upped its Internet service by $2 in October.
With the economy still in sad shape, TV companies are moving ahead with plans to squeeze more money from their customers. Time Warner Cable and AT&T U-verse both plan 2009 rate increases (Read “Time Warner Cable raising prices in 2009 ” and “AT&T U-verse raising TV prices.”)
A very public battle showcasing the TV industry’s quest for more money occurred on New Year’s Eve, when Viacom Inc. — the owner of popular channels Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV — threatened to halt programs to Time Warner Cable customers at midnight. Viacom asked for more money per channel, which Time Warner called outrageous. The midnight blackout was averted after the two sides came to a private agreement.
The latest round of price increases are around 5 to 50 percent, depending on the package and plan. Time Warner’s largest increases affected the lower-priced packages while AT&T’s U-Verse rate hike impacts new users the most.
Back in March, Cox’s digital TV tiers went up by $1. In exchange for the price increase, Ong said that customers got 18 more HD channels (for a total of 51 by year’s end), 13 more international channels, and more OnDemand shows. The price of its analog TV service, which includes basic and expanded service, did not increase.
“At this time, we intend to do a price increase in 2009 but we don’t have a confirmed date yet,” Ong said.