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Hidden Costs of Cox Cable

Getting cable TV is fun. There’s always something to watch with tons of channels, on-demand movies, current sporting events, and twenty-four-hour news programming.

Getting the bill? Now that’s less fun.

TV providers’ promotional prices are purposefully appealing, but you need to watch out for second-year price jumps. And because installation fees, equipment fees, and premium channel fees can vary based on your plan, you generally won’t see them included in the introductory pricing either.

While these are simple truths of the cable TV and internet industry, that doesn’t mean you have to sign with a provider without knowing what you’re getting into. We’re here to tell you about every cost you may encounter when Cox Communications is your provider.

Data effective 02/05/2021. Offers, pricing, and availability may vary by area and are subject to change.

Cox Plans and Promotional Prices 

It’s standard for plans to rise in prices after a year-long promotional period. But don’t worry that you’ll be forced into these raised rates—Cox plans don’t have contracts, so you can leave or change your plan at any time you feel it’s too much.

 

Cox TV Plans Summary

Package name
Contour TV
Channel count 12-Month introductory price
75+ $50.00/mo.

*For 12 mos. w/ 1-yr. term agrmt.

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Cox Internet Plans Summary

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Package nameDownload speed12-Month introductory price
Internet Starter 2525 Mbps$29.99/mo.
nternet Essential 5050 Mbps$39.99/mo.
Internet Preferred 150150 Mbps$59.99/mo.
Internet Ultimate 500500 Mbps$79.99/mo.

For 12 months with 1-year term agreement.

Data as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Taxes, Fees, and Surcharges for Cox Plans

Just like buying groceries or clothes, Cox TV and internet services will cost you a bit extra for taxes and fees. In addition to federal taxes, you may also have state and local taxes, as well as video broadcast or regional sports surcharges.

These fees vary across the country, but the ones for your service area will be noted on your bill.

Cox Installation Fees

Cox bases its installation fees on the type of plan you purchase. If you get only one service from Cox, you’ll have to pay the full price for installation. But if you bundle with a Double Play or Triple Play, self-installation is included and professional-installation fees go down.

Cox Equipment Fees

Your Cox internet and TV service require specialized equipment, and wouldn’t you know it, Cox is ready to offer you a modem/router and Contour cable box—for a price.

Take a look at the prices below to decide if leasing equipment from Cox is your best option or if you’d rather get third-party equipment elsewhere.

Cox TV Equipment Fees

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TV EquipmentMonthly Cost
Ultimate DVR Service$29.99/mo.
Preferred DVR Service$19.99/mo.
Essential DVR Service$12.99/mo.
Wireless 4K Contour Stream Player$10.00/mo.
Contour HD Receiver$10.00/mo.
Mini box$3.99/mo.
Cable Card$3.99/mo.

DVRs come with equipment and service fees, but the convenience of recording shows and movies to enjoy later can make those costs worthwhile. There are three Cox DVR services to choose from, but Cox doesn’t require you to get one.

DVR or no, you’ll need a Cox Contour cable box, which works as a receiver for your Contour TV service. You’ll need at least one cable box in your home—they come in wireless and wired varieties—but you can use the cheaper mini boxes to set up service to your other TVs.

If you already own a DVR or cable receiver, you can opt for a CableCARD, which decrypts Cox’s signal while letting you enjoy your own equipment. This is especially useful if you’re interested in a super-powered DVR like the TiVo BOLT VOX.

Cox Internet Equipment Fees

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Internet EquipmentMonthly Cost
Panoramic WiFi Modem$10.99/mo.

To keep your internet equipment simple, you can opt for Cox’s Panoramic WiFi Modem, and Cox will update your equipment as technology changes. But if you’d rather save by purchasing your own modem/router, look for other DOCSIS 3.0+ equipment like this one from Motorola.

An additional service you may want to watch out for is Cox Complete Care, which is $10.00 per month. Its advanced technical support promises to help with any computer troubles or wiring repair you may need. That level of service is helpful for some, but if you’re computer savvy and looking to save, we’d say pass on this one.

Cox TV Paks

Unlike some TV providers, Cox doesn’t have a wide variety of TV plans. Instead, its primary package is Contour TV with a lineup of 140+ channels. You can add additional “TV Paks” for more channels that suit your interests.

 

Cox TV Paks Summary

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TV pakSample channelsMonthly cost
Variety PakDisney Jr., Disney XD, Nicktoons, Nat Geo Wild, MTV2, Oxygen, and BBC America$12.00/mo.
Movie PakENCORE, Sundance, EPIX, and Fox Movie Channel$12.00/mo.
Sports and Information PakESPN Classic, FOX Business, GOL TV, H2, and NHL Network$10.00/mo.
Sports Pak 2NFL Redzone, NBC Universal Sports, World Fishing Network, and Outside TV$10.00/mo.
Latino PakTelefutura, Galavision, Discovery en Español, CNN en Español, FOX Deportes, and ESPN Deportes$10.00/mo.

Cox Premium Channel Fees

Whether you love Game of Thrones, Westworld, or American Gods, premium channels are where it’s at for the hottest shows. Several TV plans come with premium channels included, but if you’re getting a different package and want to add them on, refer to the prices below.

 

Cox Premium Channel Summary

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Premium channelMonthly cost
HBO®$16.00/mo.
CINEMAX®$12.00/mo.
SHOWTIME®$12.00/mo.
STARZ®$12.00/mo.
EPIX®$12.00/mo.

Cox Cancellation Fees

Cox plans don’t come with a contract, so you won’t have to worry about cancellation fees. Feel free to leave if you ever feel the costs of TV and internet are weighing you down.

Cox Late Fees

If you miss a payment, Cox can cancel your service, but it’s more likely it’ll try to collect your payment first. The amount you’ll pay in late fees can vary based on the action Cox takes, but it’s likely to charge you between $10.00 and $25.00 for taking extra action, depending on your location.

There’s not a lot of wiggle room on this one, and that’s fairly standard for the industry, so make sure you pay your bills on time!

Don’t let fees scare you away.

We’ve broken down the hidden costs of Cox, but most of these come from building the best package for you. If you want only the basics, your extra costs will be few and far between. But if you like to live large, your monthly bill will reflect that.

Cox’s streamlined TV package and simple bundles are solid offers at competitive prices. Adjust them to exactly what you want for price, TV channels, and internet download speeds, because at the end of the day your satisfaction is the most important thing.

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