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How Much Is Your Cable Or Satellite Bill?

In the past few weeks, I’ve been reading several comments from readers who are complaining how expensive it is to watch soccer on television. Of course, it’s all relative. Based on the quantity of games shown, it’s probably the best bargain we’ve ever had. But it made me think. How much is each of us paying to our cable or satellite TV company to watch the Beautiful Game?

If you’re like me, 75% or more of the TV I watch is soccer. So, when I pay the cable bill (Comcast, in my case) each month, most of that money is going to pay for my soccer expenses even though I have 100’s of channels available and I watch hardly any of them.

My Comcast Cable bill each month is $98. For that, I get:

  • FOX Soccer Channel (in SD),
  • GolTV (in SD),
  • HBO,
  • ESPN, ESPN2 (and access to,
  • HD service,
  • Broadband Internet access,
  • DVR rental ($15/month), but
  • No FOX Soccer Plus.
Since I don’t have FOX Soccer Plus, I end up paying $20/month extra to get
How much is your cable or satellite TV bill each month? Share yours in the comments section below.
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  1. Mark

    January 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I don’t have cable. I only pay $30 for high speed internet from Comcast and with that I can watch EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 and any other league I want as well as tons of other sports. If you have internet access, you really shouldn’t be paying a sh*t load for hundreds of channels you don’t really watch except 3 or 4. Saves me thousands a year.

  2. Internet person

    January 14, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I paid zero dollars per month, on top of Internet anyways, to watch soccer games! I love piracy!

  3. BA14

    January 12, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Nnothing like paying for a boat load of channels you don’t watch.

  4. BA14

    January 12, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Charter TV

    Digital Home Package $54.99
    Basic Cable Service
    Expanded Basic Cable Service




    DVR Equipment Upgrade & Service Fee $15.00
    DVR Receiver

    Charter Internet

    Internet Service $39.99

    Monthly Service Total* $141.14

  5. brian c

    January 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Verizon Fios in Philadelphia…

    Total is $116/m. I split the internet with my neighbor for $20.

    I have the normal “extreme HD” package with most of the ‘digi cable’ channels but no pay channels.

    I get:
    FoxSoccer HD
    ESPN package inc. espn3.
    HD DVR
    25mbit bi-directional internet (realistic is about 20/23mbit)

    Offered but declined:
    FS + SD
    Gol TV SD
    Fox Deportes SD

    The top two are offered on a Fox Sports Net sort of $6 sports tier. I don’t watch much spanish soccer and espn3 has most of the big matches as well as Bundesliga, so that works for me.

  6. PaulfromMiami

    January 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    $ 58

    -Choice Xtra $35
    -Sports Package $12.99
    -Showtime for 1 year *Free

    Thank god for ESPN3

  7. Harry

    January 11, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Where I am, I do get Fox Soccer in HD GolTV in SD. and our FIOS bill is about $150. Over the holidays, I purchased a Slingbox which despite the costs for the equipment and extras I had to get to make it work perfectly, is a good investment which allows me to watch even when I am away from my TV.

    If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can get the Watch ESPN app and watch ESPN for free.

    Hey Adam!! Baltimore has FIOS now? Where in Baltimore are you? My parents live near the Hamilton area and have been trying to get FIOS for YEARS and nothing.

    • The Gaffer

      January 11, 2012 at 7:09 am

      The WatchESPN app isn’t available for Comcast Cable customers, but ESPN and Comcast just did a deal so it should be available in the next few months.

      The Gaffer

  8. gbewing

    January 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I pay $144 a month Time warner here in middle america – it’s digital with HBO and I get sports tier which is where soccer channels are (Fox Fox+ and Gol) I have 3 boxes and the sports tier is actually a great deal 3.99 a month and I also get MLB network NBA TV and a bunch of college channells. I watch these the most- I watch MLB TV and Fox Soccer more than ESPN – espn costs me more than soccer

  9. Jack Tomczuk

    January 10, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    My package is almost exactly the same as the Gaffer’s. Comcast supplies my internet, cable, and phone, so I forget what the price is just for the cable. Fortunately, I get Fox Soccer and Gol TV in HD because I live in Philadelphia. They really need to start carrying FS Plus. I don’t pay for, but I do pay for Arsenal TV so I can watch the Arsenal press conferences, interviews, highlights, and full matches. That’s about $60 per year.

  10. daS

    January 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    in toronto with a basic cable box for $45 and with all the free previews i get my soccer fix!
    and with my 25 mbps (pretty fast for canada) i can stream all the games i want!

  11. Derek

    January 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    $140 a month. Service Electric

    Paying an extra $20 for the tier that gives me FSC (sd only)

    No access to ESPN3 (I use xbox live for that)

    Really sucks compared to paying $98 a month with FIOS for everything I have now (HD/DVR) PLUS a ton more..oh and FSC in HD (I really miss FIOS)

  12. MNUfan1991

    January 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Time Warner Cable for NYC
    $130/mo for:
    FSC in SD
    ESPN and such
    No Gol TV
    No other sports package (who needs other sports when you have EPL and F1?)
    No HBO or other premium services
    Decent broadband access
    HD box but no DVR

  13. Steve

    January 10, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    i have DirecTv and the soccer channels are apart of the gigantic sports package full of sports i dont watch. Or i can subscribe to the UEFA channels and get a crap load of o games all at the same time on one or two days every few weeks.

    DirecTV offers a baseball package, a football package and a basketball package. No soccer.

    Or i can get the and watch none of the games i want to see because they say “licensing” keeps them from showing the same matches they show online as they show on FSC. Which must be crap because shows all the games anywhere no matter where you are. The world doesn’t want me to watch my games 🙁

    • Lee

      January 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Legally, anyways.

  14. SeattlePat

    January 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I’m in Seattle, WA on Frontier FiOS.

    Monthly cost: ~$130 (after fees & taxes)

    Footy-related: FSC (no FS+), ESPN, ESPN2, access to ESPN3, MSNBC (all in HD)
    TV5 (French package, occasionally shows games)
    This also includes FiOS internet access, which is silly levels of fast.

  15. David

    January 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Don’t forget with DirecTV, you get all the Europa League matches for free in HD. You get all the Champions League matches as well during the group stages in HD. The only matches you can’t watch are the ones on Fox Soccer Channel and your regional sports network if you aren’t currently subscribing to those channels.

  16. Adam

    January 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I live in Baltimore, MD and all told (including everything) we pay $180/ months for FIOS and that includes:
    High speed internet
    Cable (2 boxes with DVR)- HD including 10 HBO’s, 6 Cinemax, Epix, Showtime, and a few more movie channels I am not remembering
    FSC in HD
    Goltv in SD
    The ESPN’s subscription

  17. Pete

    January 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I spend £70 a month for the full package on SKY. I think that’s about $110. It’s a lot of money but I get quite a lot for it:

    10 Movie channels
    10 Discovery channels
    5 Sports channels
    10 Music channels
    Cartoon channels (lots of)
    Plus loads of other channels that show sit-coms, sci-fi and dramas

    I justify the price by telling myself that I’m saving money by staying in a lot and watching programmes rather than going to the pub all the time.

    Oh yeah, I have to pay for the TV license which is £150 a year on top of the SKY bill. That is actually harder to swallow as this amount is really only for the BBC and it’s nothing more than a forced tax. It doesn’t matter if you watch the BBC or not, you still have to pay it or it’s a fine or prison.

  18. Simon

    January 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Raleigh, NC TWC

    Basic Cable & Road Runner (Broadband Internet) – $118.64
    Digital Tier (required for FSC) – $7.68
    Cable Card for TIVO – $2.00
    Regulatory Fees – $5.52
    Total: $133.64

    I had FSC+ last year but canceled it at the end of the season and have not missed it.
    FSC+ (part Sports Pass) – $5.95

    I am looking at canceling cable and using Netflix and Hulu Plus, but giving up footie on the weekends is a tough prospect. ESPN3 is good and I’ve been looking as but not being able to watch all of the matches live on FSC+ is a big drawback. I would definitely be willing to order PPV for the matches I want to watch (Setanta had a good system). Having to pay for all of the other garbage on cable just for football is getting tougher to stomach.

  19. CTBlues

    January 10, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I have DirecTV and have the highest package and sports package and NFL Sunday ticket so I pay ~$235 for like 4 months and ~$180 per month the rest of the year.

  20. Barry

    January 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I have Cox in Connecticut. I pay $102 for TV and $49 for high-speed internet (50 GB limit per month). This is what I get in return:

    Fox Soccer (HD)
    ESPN2 (HD)
    ESPN Deportes (SD)
    Gol TV (SD)
    Fox Deportes (SD) (internet) (internet)

  21. Dan

    January 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I live in St. Petersburg, FL and have Bright House Cable.
    My monthly bill is $115.

    Fox Soccer is a part of the extended basic package, but to get Fox Soccer Plus HD and GolTV HD, I spend an extra $7/month for the Sports Pass. During the brief summer off-season, I drop the sports package and save myself $21.

  22. NotTheNoob

    January 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I’m a Dish Network subscriber. I pay a heck of a lot of money every month to watch soccer….

    The basic channel package (ESPN2) – $35 per month
    add High Definition – $10 per month
    DVR service – $6 per month
    Multi-Sport Pack (Fox Soccer Channel) – $7.00 per month
    Fox Soccer Plus (a la carte / not available in HD) – $15.00 per month
    Latino Bonus package (ESPNDeportes / not available in HD) – $15 per month

    The lack of GolTV, no access to ESPN3, and FS+ & ESPNDeportes only in SD are big drawbacks for viewing soccer with a Dish Network subscription.

    • Yespage

      January 10, 2012 at 11:00 am

      You spend $57 on packages for FSC and ESPN2. Thought about Latino Dos, you’d lose ESPN2, but get the Latino Bonus channels (including ESPN Deportes which hopefully will be HD one day) automatically.

      I agree that Dish is a bit more limited on soccer, but good luck getting FSC on Directv for $45 a month (everyday price via Latino Dos). Directv gives you more, but you have to pay for it!

      • NotTheNoob

        January 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

        The prices I listed above are what I’d be paying if I downgraded my subscription, but kept all of the soccer. I don’t get the basic package, I get America’s Top 250 ($70/month), as well as HBO, Showtime and Blockbuster Movie Pass. I pay far too much money every month for television.

        Back in November, I added the International a la carte channel RAI Itialia ($5.00/month) because it was the only network broadcasting Italy v Uruguay. I’ve since cancelled it.

        • Yespage

          January 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm

          I had 250 as well, but when the bill eclipsed $90, I balked. I lost a few channels, including the ESPNs, going to Latino Dos, but most of them show junk anyway, and with the $25 a month savings, got Netflix. BBMP helps add content, though I may be dropping that too in order to go the HBO route… as Dish appears to be adding HBO Go via the receiver soon. This is sorely getting off-topic. Sorry.

  23. Todd

    January 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I live in central Illinois –

    Direct TV (WAS super cheap the 1st year, but reality has set in)
    $130 /mo:
    – Sports package – FSC & GOL TV
    – HD/DVR access
    – FSC+ ($15/mo)
    – HBO (which I hate and don’t approve of!)

    I stream Netflix, so b/t myself and my g/f, the bill is not great, but it could be worse?

  24. bluemoon70

    January 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

    i have twc in raleigh, nc. I pay about $125 a month for…

    FOX Soccer Channel and FOX Soccer Plus (in HD)
    GolTV (in HD),
    ESPN, ESPN2 (and access to,
    HD service,
    Broadband Internet access,
    DVR/HD box and an extra HD box without DVR capabilities.

    No premium movie channels. I have Netflix that I stream through my PS3 if i want to watch a movie which is rare since I watch mostly sports (80% soccer).

  25. Yespage

    January 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Is it really that simple these days? You’ve go the Sat Subscription (Latino Dos via Dish Network). You have the Internet speed (Uverse). You have the online subscription (

    Latino Dos gets me FSC, ESPN Deportes, and soon Univision Deportes and Univision Deportes Dos (according to the announcement by Dish). This is the lowest price to get Dish for. My bill is a little off because Ohio is one of those tax Sat TV subscribers, but not Cable subscriber scam states.

    So soccer costs me $50/2 (Latino Dos for FSC… we do watch other stuff) + $20 ( + $5 (speed upgrade from 6 to 12 Mbps with Uverse) = $50 a month. I think this is a reasonable representation of my soccer costs.

  26. Patrick Irvin

    January 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I pay less than $60 for Dish Network. This gets me ESPN/2 and FSC, both in HD

    Fabulous value, in my opinion

  27. Steve

    January 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

    I cancelled a few months ago, but this is what I recall:

    2nd tier package: $60
    HD fee: $10
    Sports package (required for fox soccer): $15
    Fox Soccer Plus: $15

    + taxes

    Bill was normally around $100-$115, and the only thing I used it for was football and futbol… Add in the football package as an extra $180/y.

    • Steve

      January 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Err, this was DirecTV.

  28. JerZGooner

    January 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I currently live in New Jersey but will be moving to Raleigh, NC in 2 months. I have Cablevision/Optimum now but plan on getting DirecTV once I move. If anyone has tips/advice re: DirecTV it is hugely appreciated. Here is my current bill breakdown:

    Total spend on TV: $82.75
    Base package : $29.95 (provides HD and base sports channels like ESPN, Fox Soccer)
    HBO OnDemand: $4.95
    HBO: $14.95
    iO Sports Entertainment Package: $6.95 (provides regional sports networks and FS+ in HD)
    iO enEspanol: $6.95 (provides ESPN deportes, Fox Deportes, GolTV in SD)
    DVR Service: $10.95
    Cable box: $6.95
    Various Taxes: ~$1.10 (don’t feel like adding them up

    Based on what I have heard from others this is pretty solid coverage for us. FS+ in HD is really the key I suppose. Getting the Deportes channels in HD would be nice.

    Is DirecTV comparable??

    • Bob Tomlinson

      January 10, 2012 at 8:46 am

      I actually live in the Raleigh area right now. I’d recommend DirecTV just because the Time Warner service in this area is truly horrendous. I think they have U-verse available in Raleigh though, so it might be good to look into that. Good luck.

      • JerZGooner

        January 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

        Thanks, Bob. My wife and I are also huge MLB and NFL fans, the package availability for DirecTV may push them into the lead. But I will definitely check out U-verse.

        What clubs do you support? Any pub recommendations for a Gooner? Thanks!

    • Titus Pullo

      January 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Love DirecTV. We made the switch about 3 years ago and it’s so much better than Time Warner.

      The only drawback is have to pay extra for the sports tier to get Fox Soccer and the tier includes a host of regional sports channels that I never watch. That extra cost keeps me from paying extra for Fox Soccer Plus.

      But everything is in HD and we’ve never had a problem with the signal and we live in NE Ohio where we get a lot of snow, rain, etc.

      Our bill works out to about $95 a month.

  29. iDontKnowWt2say

    January 10, 2012 at 7:55 am

    from India
    Using Airtel DTH
    Costs INR around 550/- ~ that around $10 to $11
    That gives me all 14 HD channels which are available including 3 Sports HD channels & all other entertainment channels

    *Sports Channels in HD: ESPN HD, Star Cricket HD, Ten HD all three costs INR 90 in total that’s approx $2

    *Sports Channels in SD: ESPN, Star Sports, Star Cricket, Neo Sports, Neo Cricket, Ten Sports Ten Cricket,
    Ten Action+ & DD Sports

    * Other HD channels: Star Movies HD, Star World HD, Movies Now HD, NatGeo HD, Discovery HD, History Channel HD

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