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Hidden Cox Fees for Cable and Internet

Our experts poured over term agreements and fine print to bring all Cox fees to light.

Before you sign up for a Cox Communications high-speed internet and cable TV plan, keep an eye out for Cox fees. On top of your regular monthly payments, you may run into overage fees, late fees, and early termination fees. Plus, your Cox service cost will increase after twelve months—sometimes up to $32 per month.

Our experts have the low-down on how much these fees cost and how you can avoid them.

Cox plans and promotional prices

Most TV and internet providers raise prices after a year-long promotional period, and Cox TV and internet isn’t an exception to that rule. However, you’re not chained to these increased rates—Cox plans come with an annual contract, but after the first 12 months, you’re free to leave whenever.

Cox TV price increase after 12 months: up to $32/mo.

12-mo. introductory price* Ongoing price Channel count
$50/mo. $50/mo. 75+ View plan
$90/mo. $90/mo. 140+ View plan
$110/mo. $142/mo. 170+ View plan
$130/mo. $130/mo. 250+ View plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers, pricing, and availability may vary by area and are subject to change.
*for 12 mos. with 1-yr. term agreement

From Cox’s website, it looks like you won’t have to worry about prices jumping on most of your Cox TV plans. But for some reason, Contour TV Preferred Plus comes with a raised price when the other ones don’t. Weird.

Keep in mind that these prices are subject to change at any time, so we can’t guarantee your Cox TV plan will have the same price once your promotional period is over. It’s still nice to know how things are looking right now, though.

Cox internet price increase after 12 months: up to $26.00/mo.

12-mo. introductory price* Ongoing price Download speed Upload speed
$29.99/mo. $44.99/mo. 25 Mbps 1 Mbps View plan
$39.99/mo. $65.99/mo. 50 Mbps 10 Mbps View plan
$59.99/mo. $83.99/mo. 150 Mbps 10 Mbps View plan
$79.99/mo. $99.99/mo. 500 Mbps 10 Mbps View plan
$99.99/mo. $119.99/mo. 940 Mbps 35 Mbps View plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers, pricing, and availability may vary by area and are subject to change.
*for 12 mos. with 1-yr. term agreement

After the first twelve months, your monthly bills will rise somewhere between $15 and $26, depending on your Cox internet plan. Despite the big jump from the promotional pricing, the amount the price raises is about average for most internet providers.

How much internet speed do I need?

You should decide on your internet speeds based on how many people you have at home, how many devices you own, and what you use the internet for.

Check out our guide to internet speeds for more details.

Cox TV and internet price increase after 12 months: up to $26.00/mo.

12-mo. introductory price* Ongoing price Channel count Download speed
$129.99/mo. $155.99/mo. 140+ 50 Mbps View plan
$149.99/mo. $173.99/mo. 140+ 150 Mbps View plan
$169.99/mo. $189.99/mo. 140+ 500 Mbps View plan
$189.99/mo. $209.99/mo. 140+ 940 Mbps View plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers, pricing, and availability may vary by area and are subject to change.
*for 12 mos. with 1-yr. term agreement

This sampling of Cox TV and internet bundles shows your monthly payments will be $20 to $26 more after the first year—that’s similar to what we saw with Cox internet-only packages.

If you’d like to add home phone service to any of these plans, that will cost you an additional $20 per month (with no extra price hike on the phone after twelve months).

Hidden costs of Cox TV plans

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FeeAmount
TV Easy Connect ActivationFree
Professional installationVaries by package and region
Canceled appointment fee$100
Broadcast surcharge$16/mo.
Regional sports surchargeUp to $11/mo.
Late payment feeUp to 1.5% per mo. on unpaid balance
Returned check feeUp to $30
Credit card denied fee$10
Collection feeUp to $30
Reconnection fee$30 per service
Sports and Info Pack$10/mo.
Sports Pack 2$10/mo.
Movie Pack$12/mo.
Variety Pack$12/mo.
Bonus Pack$10/mo. (included at no cost with purchase of any packs above)
Latino Pack$10/mo.
HBO Max$16/mo.
CINEMAX®$12/mo.
SHOWTIME®$12/mo.
STARZ®$12/mo.
EPIX$12/mo.
Wireless 4K Contour Box$10/mo. each
Contour HD Box$10/mo. each (1st box included)
Basic Box$4/mo. each
CableCARD$4/mo. each
Essential DVR Service$10/mo. for 12 months
Preferred DVR Service$20/mo.
Ultimate DVR Service$30/mo.

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

Your Cox cable internet and TV will cost a bit more than the advertised price, thanks to some taxes and fees. These fees vary across the country, but Cox will note the ones for your service area on your bill.

Cox TV installation and activation: Varies by package and region

Cox Communications communicates about as clear as mud when it comes to installation fees. You may pay a different amount based on where you live and which package you sign up for, so pay attention to that during your checkout process.

However, when our very own Amy Young got her Cox subscription, her self-installation and TV Easy Connect Activation came free with the service.

But make sure you’re cautious about when you schedule a professional installation. Canceling that appointment could cost you $100. That’s a simply ridiculous amount of money to reschedule a technician who could arrive any time between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cox TV broadcast surcharge and regional sports surcharge: $16/mo. and up to $11/mo.

Although many of the fees in the chart above are based on extenuating circumstances (like if you forgot to pay your bill or your check didn’t go through), you’ll have to pay broadcasting fees and regional sports fees every month.

Since TV providers have to pay your local networks and regional sports networks to use their channels, they pass those costs on to you with these underhanded surcharges.

Thanks, Cox. Those fees are the worst present we’ve ever received.

Cox TV late payment fee: up to 1.5% per mo. on unpaid balance

If you miss your Cox TV monthly payment, Cox can charge you up to 1.5% per month on your unpaid balance. The price might vary depending on the laws about late payments where you live.

Other payment charges to look out for include the returned check fee, which can run up to $30 per bounced check. And you’ll want to make sure you keep your credit card info updated if you use AutoPay because a denied credit card could cost you $10.

If Cox has to send a collection agency after you (yikes), that’s another fee up to $30. And if your service gets disconnected due to falling behind on payments, you’ll need to pay $30 per service to reconnect it (so that’s $60 for TV and internet) .

Cox TV add-on packs: $10–$12/mo. each

Cox TV offers six different add-on packs to spiff up your channel line-up. Each costs either $10 or $12 per month, but if you get the Sports and Info Pack, Sports Pack 2, Movie Pack, or Variety Pack, you’ll get the Bonus Pack included at no extra cost.

And hey, if you want it all, you can sign up for all the Cox TV add-on packs and premium channels for a total of $130 per month. Sure, that’s the price of an entire additional TV plan, but that’s actually, uh, -$2 savings. Cool, it’s like you get a fun service charge when you pay for everything.

Cox TV premium channels: $12–$16/mo. each

Getting the best TV out there will cost you a bit extra. Cox’s HBO Max price of $16 per month reads scammy to us since you can sign up online for just $14.99 per month.

However, Cox TV will give you your choice of HBO Max, CINEMAX, SHOWTIME, or STARZ for your first 12 months with a new TV plan. Or you can snag all four of those for $20 per month with Contour TV Preferred.

And all the premium channels come included with Contour TV Ultimate, which seems to us a pretty good reason to upgrade.

Cox TV equipment: $4–$10/mo. each

Getting the best TV out there will cost you a bit extra. Cox’s HBO Max price of $16 per month reads scammy to us since you can sign up online for just $14.99 per month.

However, Cox TV will give you your choice of HBO Max, CINEMAX, SHOWTIME, or STARZ for your first 12 months with a new TV plan. Or you can snag all four of those for $20 per month with Contour TV Preferred.

And all the premium channels come included with Contour TV Ultimate, which seems to us a pretty good reason to upgrade.

Cox TV DVR service: $10–$30/mo. each

DVR service costs extra, on top of your TV equipment charges. You can choose from one of Cox’s three DVR service plans.

The Essential DVR Service plan says it’s only $10 per month for 12 months, but we didn’t find any notice on how much it might go up after your first year. We’ll keep you updated here if we find out more.

Cox TV DVR service plans

  • Essential DVR Service ($10/mo. for 12 mos.) — Record 2 shows simultaneously with 250 hours storage
  • Preferred DVR Service ($20/mo.) — Record 6 shows simultaneously with 250 hours storage
  • Ultimate DVR Service ($30/mo.) — Record 24 shows simultaneously with 1,000 hours storage

Hidden costs of Cox internet plans

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FeeAmount
Internet Easy Connect ActivationFree
Professional installationVaries by package and region
Canceled appointment fee$100.00
Late payment feeUp to 1.5% per mo. on unpaid balance
Returned check feeUp to $30.00
Credit card denied fee$10.00
Collection feeUp to $30.00
Reconnection fee$30.00 per service
Panoramic Wifi Gateway$12.00/mo.
Panoramic Wifi Gateway + advanced tech support$20.00/mo. for 24 mos.
Cox Complete Care$10.00/mo.
No annual contract fee$10.00/mo.
Wireless 4K Contour Stream Player$5.00/mo.
Elite Gamer Base Connection$6.99/mo.

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

Many of the Cox Internet fees are similar to what you’ll find with the Cox TV fees, so review those above if you need more information on stuff like late payment fees.

Cox internet equipment: $12/mo.

You can save money each month by buying a Cox-compatible modem, but renting Cox’s Panoramic Wifi Gateway instead will cost you $12 per month.

With your Cox gateway, you can pay another $8 per month and get Cox Complete Care (24/7 advanced tech support) for two years. Without a Panoramic Wifi Gateway, that service costs $10 per month.

Cox internet with no annual contract fee: $10/mo.

For more month-to-month flexibility, you can opt out of your one-year term agreement with Cox internet. This freedom comes with the price of another $10 per month, which is about how much early termination would cost you anyway, so we say go with it only if you want internet for less than half a year.

Cox Wireless 4K Contour Stream Player: $5/mo.

There are many top-notch streaming devices out there, but Cox has brought its own version to the table for $5 per month. But here’s the funny thing—you can buy a Google Chromecast 3 for about $30. Please do us all a favor and skip Cox’s stream player add-on.

Cox Elite Gamer Base Connection: $6.99/mo.

Online gamers should consider opting Cox’s Elite Gamer Base Connection—this star treatment costs an extra $6.99 per month. You’ll get precisely what an online gamer needs: less lag, less jitter, and fewer ping spikes.

If you spend a bunch of time gaming online and your Cox internet doesn’t currently feel up to snuff, this extra charge feels worth it for us. Or maybe this writer is just too giddy thinking about how much easier it’d be to line up a headshot.

Our final take: Don’t let fees scare you away.

While we’re still sick to our stomachs about how much Cox charges for its TV broadcast and regional sports fees, at least the Cox internet fees aren’t too spooky. Keep yourself informed about the charges that will show up on your Cox monthly bill so that you can rest easy at the end of the day with your chosen TV and internet package.

And hey, if you’re wondering if the grass is greener with another TV and internet provider, we can help you out there, too. Just enter your zip code below so we can find you all the providers in your area.

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Cox fees FAQ

How much does Cox internet cost?

The promotional prices of Cox internet plans run from $29.99 to $99.99 per month for the first twelve months.

How much does Cox internet cost after 12 months?

After 12 months, your Cox internet plan will increase between $15.00 and $26.00 per month, based on the plan you’ve chosen. That leaves Cox internet plans costing from $44.99 to $119.99 per month after the first 12 months.

What is included in the Cox Movie Pack?

The Cox Movie Pack comes with STARZENCORE®, EPIX, RetroPlex, IndiePlex, FX Movie Channel, and Flix.

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