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Cable TV price hikes to be more frequent; Sports channels blamed

cable-tv-remoteCable TV is about to get more expensive for millions of consumers because of a bidding war between networks and the country’s most powerful sports leagues, the Washington Post reports.

Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and scores of rural cable providers are tacking on sports surcharges each month, the direct result of higher fees they are paying to ESPN and other sports networks to carry their channels. Beginning Feb. 5, DirecTV will raise fees by 5.7 percent, the newspaper said in a weekend story.

For providers and customers, the creeping prices amount to a test — at what point will viewers decide it isn’t worth paying for cable anymore?

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