Comcast subscriber? (Yes.) Starting in January, you’re probably going to start paying at least $1.50 more on your monthly cable bill (if you haven’t already been). What’s happening is that broadcast channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, NPR, CW) are charging cable providers more than they used to, so Comcast is passing that charge along to consumers.
That may not sound like a lot, but as Consumerist points out, though, that $18/year increase isn’t exactly fair. First of all, they’re probably not going to tell you about it, since their rates technically didn’t increase. Second, more importantly Comcast happens to own one of those broadcast channels–NBC–meaning they’re charging you to pay for something they’re actually making money off of. Damn you Kabletown!