October 12, 2023: Comcast, the largest cable provider in the Pacific Northwest, has announced that it will raise the price of its Ultimate TV package, including ROOT Sports Northwest. This regional sports network broadcasts games for the Seattle Kraken, Portland Trail Blazers, and Seattle Mariners.
The price increase will go into effect on October 13, 2023, and will raise the cost of the Ultimate TV package by $18.50 per month. This means that Comcast customers wanting to watch Kraken, Blazers, and Mariners games will now have to pay $129.99 monthly for the Ultimate TV package.
Comcast has defended the price increase, saying covering the rising programming costs is necessary. However, the decision has been criticized by Kraken, Blazers, and Mariners fans, who argue that it will make it more difficult for people to watch their favorite teams play.
What does this mean for fans?
For fans of the Kraken, Blazers, and Mariners, the price increase means they will have to pay more to watch their favorite teams play. If they are currently subscribed to a lower-tier Comcast TV package, they must upgrade to the Ultimate TV package to watch ROOT Sports Northwest.
What are the alternatives?
A few alternatives are available to fans who want to avoid paying for Comcast’s Ultimate TV package. One option is to stream ROOT Sports Northwest through the Bally Sports app. The Bally Sports app is available on various devices, including Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.
Another option is to subscribe to a streaming service that includes ROOT Sports Northwest, such as YouTube TV or fuboTV. Both of these services offer a free trial, so fans can try them out before they commit to a subscription.
Comcast’s decision to raise the price of its Ultimate TV package’s price is a blow to Kraken, Blazers, and Mariners fans. The price increase will make it more difficult for people to watch their favorite teams play. However, a few alternatives are available to fans who want to avoid paying for Comcast’s Ultimate TV package.