It is strange to see a regional company add an RSN fee ... one would think that they would just adjust all of their prices - similar to the way cable companies with regional pricing have been able to charge more in some areas than others for many years.
This Cablevision charge seems to be more PR based. They will raise their rates just like they do at least every year but this year they will blame part of the rate increase on sports and express it as a surcharge. Other companies (including DirecTV) adding surcharges have opened the door for carriers to charge a specific surcharge for sports.
Article: Cablevision Adds Sports Programming Surcharge To Consumer Bills
Charter charges a "local channel recovery fee" in response to retransmission fees from local channels. It's all about pushing the blame for fee increases onto the channels and off the cable companies, and to be honest, I can't blame them. People moan and complain about cable increases but when the cost of the product goes up, the cable and satellite companies have no choice but to pass the fees on.
I do not watch sports ever, any sports. They should offer a package for those of us with zero interest in sports. instead of ALL THOSE sports channels give us some others or a couple movie channels. I'd trade the hundred stupid sports channels for two or three good movie channels!
When I asked their phone support the girl gave me a "don't blame us blame someone else" answer but she could not tell me who that other person was. I asked is a California thing or county thing? she had no idea. The explanation on their site said exactly nothing too.
I did get them to give me the $2 back for a year though
Except that they can't do that. Fox, Comcast, and Disney hold their entertainment channels hostage and in order to offer you USA Network, FX, or Disney Channel, they have to also give you NBC Sports Network, Fox Sports 1, and ESPN.