Hidden Costs of Xfinity: Fees, Installation Costs, and Price Increases

Year-end price hikes, equipment fees, and data overages: get the skinny on all these bloated Xfinity fees and more so you’re not surprised by your next bill.

There are costs involved in bringing you Xfinity’s hundreds of channels and thousands of on-demand titles, but the only price most customers consider is the advertised package price—unless they happen to read the fine print. As a result, the hidden costs can be quite a shock when you get that first bill.

Xfinity fees aren’t too bad, but they can add up if you’re not careful. To help you avoid any surprises on your upcoming Xfinity bill, we’ll explain each hidden fee and why you might see these additional charges.

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Hidden costs of Xfinity TV plans

Fees Amount
Broadcast TV fee Up to $19.45/mo.
Regional sports fee Up to $14.45/mo.
Self-installation kit Up to $39.99
Reactivation fee $6.00
DVR service fee 150 hours for $10.00/mo.
HD technology fee $9.95/mo.
Additional TV service per TV $7.50/mo. ea.
HBO Max® subscription $14.99/mo.
SHOWTIME® subscription $12.00/mo.
CINEMAX® subscription $12.00/mo.
STARZ® subscription $8.99/mo.
Late payment fee $10.00

Xfinity TV promotional cost: $49.99–$89.49/mo.*

Like most providers, Xfinity offers limited-time promotional pricing when you sign up for a new package. Prices change occasionally and vary by region, and you can head over to our Xfinity TV review for a full list, but you’ll probably be looking at something like this:

  • Extra: $67.27/mo.* for 140+ channels
  • Digital Preferred: $69.49/mo.* for 220+ channels

*For the first 12 months with no term agreement.

But, like the asterisk says, Xfinity prices are only guaranteed for the first 12 months. Then Xfinity will switch you over to what it calls its “regular rate.”

Xfinity price increase after promo period: up to an additional $30/mo.

The increased amount varies depending on your package and where you live, but it will usually fall between $20 to $30 per month. The specific increase for each plan can be found in the offer terms when you sign up—Xfinity calls it the “regular rate.”

You may not be doomed to pay Xfinity’s new price after 12 months, though. This writer had luck contacting Xfinity about a price increase and saved cash with a new yearlong contract. It’s worth reaching out to Xfinity with our customer service guide to see if you can get a new deal after the promo period ends.

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Taxes, regulatory fees, and more: vary by area and package

One hidden cost that’s usually mentioned only in the fine print is taxes. Exactly how much you’ll be on the hook for depends on the plan you choose and where you live. It’s not usually a hefty fee, but it’s annoying to see on your bill if you weren’t expecting it.

Regulatory fees are another couple-dollar fee you’re likely to see at the bottom of your bill. These stem from federally mandated fees on the provider, and to help recoup the costs, Xfinity passes a portion on to you.

Xfinity, sometimes sharing is not caring.

You may also have to pay various service fees associated with different programming packages. Depending on the channels and services you order, you may see small charges each month for broadcast TV fees, regional sports network fees, and more.

Xfinity installation fees: $39.99 for Self-Install Plus

Xfinity typically charges an $89.99 installation fee for a professional installation but it’s paused in-person installations in some markets due to COVID-19. Xfinity does offer a self-installation kit, but you won’t altogether avoid Xfinity installation fees by going that route. The provider doesn’t charge a shipping-and-handling fee for the equipment, but if you want priority shipping, you’ll have to pay $29.95.

You can also pay $39.99 for Self-Install Plus, which will have an Xfinity technician come by to check your home’s exterior connection and coordinate your self-installation. Lastly, if you turn your service off for any reason, Xfinity charges a $6 reactivation fee to turn it back on. Learn more about Xfinity installation by visiting our installation guide

Xfinity equipment fees: $17.45/mo. for HD DVR

Xfinity’s charges $10.00 per month for 150 hours of storage its flagship X1 DVR system. Plus, it tacks on a $7.50 per month DVR service fee and a $9.95 per month technology fee.

Of course, you could just go with the included TV box, which comes at no extra charge. But you won’t be able to record your shows, or even watch in HD—which affects the visual quality of your favorite shows. And if you want to add TV service to other rooms, that’s another $7.50 per month, per TV. Outfitting a home with TV service when you have lots of televisions can end up costing you a bunch.

Premium channel fees: HBO Max for $14.99/mo.

Xfinity allows you to add premium channels and specialty channels to your cable package of choice for an additional fee. Keep in mind that these fees are in addition to your regular cable package and that certain Xfinity TV plans include some of these channels.

  • HBO Max: $14.99/mo.
  • CINEMAX: $12.00/mo.
  • SHOWTIME: $12.00/mo.
  • STARZ: $8.99/mo.
  • EPIX: $5.99/mo.
  • THE MOVIE CHANNEL (TMC): $12.00/mo.

Wondering which of these are actually worth the extra cash? Our 2022 streaming review has the run-down.

Late payment fee: $10 per missed payment

If you don’t pay your Xfinity bill on time, the company charges a $10 fee. As part of Xfinity’s late fee policy, there is a grace period of up to two weeks before you’ll see any interruption of service, but the late fee goes into effect immediately. If you’re in a pinch, it’s worth calling in (find out how with our Xfinity customer service guide) to see if you can get an extended grace period.

Cancellation and early termination fees: may vary by area and plan

If you are looking to cancel, move, transfer, or pause Xfinity service we have all the details you’ll need with our Xfinity cancellation guide. The truth is, Xfinity is very vague about cancellation and early termination fees (ETF), and you’ll need to call Xfinity to find out what yours will be. Xfinity offers both contract and no-contract packages, so not every customer will be subject to ETFs.

If you have a contract or service agreement and cancel it early, you’ll be required to pay an early termination fee. The exact amount of the ETF varies based on how much of your contract remains, with the cost decreasing a set amount each month.

You can avoid ETFs by going with a no-contract—or no-term agreement—package. But because those are about $20 more per month than contracted plans, there’s still a cost here. Talk with your Xfinity agent to decide what deal will work best for your situation.

Cheapest Xfinity package we recommend

To get the best bang for your buck with Xfinity TV, we recommend the Extra TV package. This TV-only package gets you 140+ channels for $60.00 per month for 12 months with a one-year contract.

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Hidden costs of Xfinity internet plans

Fees Amount
Professional installation $89.99
Self-installation kit $0
Reactivation fee $6.00
Late payment fee $10.00
Modem/router First device included, $5.00/mo. for up to 3 additional
xFi Gateway $14.00/mo.
Xfinity Flex Included
Data overage fee $10 per 50 GB

Xfinity internet promotional cost:  $19.99–$299.95/mo.* 

Xfinity internet packages range in price from $19.99 per month up to $84.99 per month—there’s even a package that’s $299.95 per month for 2,000 Mbps.

Most packages are available with a choice of a one-year contract or no contract. In either case, there is a promo price for the first year, after which prices increase.

  • Connect: $19.99/mo.* for up to 50 Mbps
  • Connect More: $39.99/mo.* for up to 100 Mbps
  • Fast: $49.99/mo.* for up to 300 Mbps
  • Superfast: $59.99/mo.* for up to 600 Mbps
  • Ultrafast: $69.99/mo.* for up to 900 Mbps
  • Gigabit: $94.99/mo.* for up to 1,200 Mbps
  • Gigabit Pro: $299.95/mo.** for 2,000 Mbps

*West region pricing. For the first 12 months.
**with no term agreement

Xfinity price increase after promo period: up to an additional $30/mo.

The price increase following the promo period depends on which Xfinity internet plan you choose. Generally, increases are similar to those for TV—about $15–$30 per month.

Taxes, regulatory fees, and more: vary by area and package

Unlike TV packages, Xfinity internet packages don’t usually come with taxes and other superfluous surcharges. In general, the Internet Tax Freedom Act doesn’t allow federal, state, or local governments to charge taxes on internet service.

If you bundle your internet service with TV, though, your bill will still include TV taxes and regulatory fees.

Xfinity installation fees: $89.99 for professional installation

Xfinity pushes its self-install kit for internet service, and as of the writing of this article, it will cost you zero dollars for your self-install kit as long as you use standard shipping.

If you need professional help, the fee is the same as it is for TV: $89.99. (But depending on the time of year, Xfinity may waive installation fees as part of a sign-up promotion.)

The good news is that if you bundle both TV and internet, you’ll pay only one installation fee—either $89.99 or $15, depending on if you go with professional installation or self-install. In some areas, specific bundles may even include professional installation at no extra cost, but that varies too much for us to nail down. Just ask your agent when you sign up to find out for sure. Check out our Xfinity installation guide for more information on installation.

Xfinity equipment fee: up to $14/mo. for xFi Gateway

With your internet plan, you can use your own modem and router. (Find the perfect ones for you with our list of compatible modems and guide to the fastest routers.) But if you want to go with Xfinity’s modem/router, the xFi Gateway, you’ll need to pay as much as $14 per month.

We recommend you poke around with a few packages before you decide. If you’d rather not pay for how much Xfinity charges for its modem, Xfinity has been known to include a modem/router or discount the xFi Gateway when paired with some more expensive packages.

Xfinity late payment fees: $10 per missed payment

As noted in the TV section above, Xfinity customers are subject to a $10 late fee for missed payments. Although there’s no grace period for Xfinity’s late payment policy, Xfinity does give you two weeks to pay your late fee before they start considering cutting off your service.

If you hit a rough spot and know in advance that your payment will be late (we’ve all been there), you can call ahead to possibly adjust the due date.

Xfinity cancellation and early termination fees: may vary by area and plan

If you choose a package with a contract, you’ll be subject to early termination fees when you cancel your service early.

As with Xfinity TV, the exact fees vary, but they reflect the remaining time in your contract. The cost of cancelling 10 months early will be much higher than cancelling only two months early, for example.

Personal cancellation experience: This is Rachel—your favorite writer—here to talk about my own experience with cancelling Xfinity early. I thought I was going to be living in my condo for a while longer, so I signed up for a tremendous two-year deal with Xfinity.

But then I decided to move, and I wasn’t sure I could get Xfinity in my new place. So I called customer service and found out that the cancellation fee for my internet contract would be $120—that’s $10 per remaining month. If I waited a month, it would go down to $110.

I can’t guarantee everyone’s Xfinity cancellation fee will be $10 per remaining month since Xfinity doesn’t expressly list this amount. But that sure is a bunch of money, and I’m glad I don’t have to pay it—I’ll be moving somewhere with Xfinity coverage, so I can take my plan with me.

How to cancel Xfinity service

The easiest way to cancel Xfinity service is to fill out a cancellation form online. That way you don’t have to deal with pesky customer service representatives who might try to get you to stay.

That said, if you go the rounds with customer service, they may cut you a better deal. If this sounds appealing to you, contact Xfinity online to find out your options.

Xfinity data overage fees: $10 per 50 GB block

Most internet plans come with a 1 TB (1,024 GB) data cap. That means you can use up to 1 TB of data each month, after which you’ll be charged a fee.

Xfinity charges a standard $10 for every 50 GB block of data over the cap—even if you don’t use the whole 50 GB block. But it will charge you only up to $200 in these overage fees—oh wait, no, that’s nothing to be excited about because it’s still a ton of money.

Most people will probably never reach the data cap—1 TB is a good bit of data. Still, heavy downloaders or streamers who are afraid of running into these overage charges should consider buying the $50 add-on for unlimited data or springing for the unlimited Gigabit Pro package.

Cheapest Xfinity internet package we recommend

We recommend the Connect More package for low-cost Xfinity internet. This package offers up to 100 Mbps speeds for $39.99 per month for 12 months with a one-year contract.

If you’d prefer to bundle internet and TV together, the Popular Double Play bundle is a good, low-cost option. It offers 125+ channels and up to 300 Mbps internet download speeds for $79.00 per month for 12 months with a one year agreement.

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Final take

Although Xfinity has a lot of fees, the crummy reality is that all TV and internet providers do. The only thing you can do is plan for what you’re getting into so you can enjoy your new TV package worry-free.

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Xfinity Fees and Hidden Costs FAQ

Why is my Xfinity bill so high?

Like a lot of internet and TV providers, Xfinity includes a lot of fees with your monthly bills, including equipment fees and data overages. Want to keep your contract after a year? You’ll be met with a price hike. Want to cancel service? You’ll be charged a fee per month remaining on your contract.

The best thing you can do is educate yourself on where these costs are coming from so you can make the most of your money. Our hidden fees guide will help you get started.

What is the entertainment fee on my Xfinity bill?

The Entertainment Package, included with some Xfinity plans, is a bundle of 20 channels including AMC, Comedy Central, and Syfy. For a full list of channels included with Xfinity’s plans, head over to our Xfinity channel guide.

What is a DVR service charge on Xfinity?

Xfinity’s DVR setup is complicated. It charges a monthly fee (around $8.50 per month) to rent out a physical DVR box, as well as another optional monthly fee for DVR cloud storage. This often comes at $10.00 per month for 150 hours, but there are often other options based on your plan and location. For more information on this process, check out our Xfinity X1 review.

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