Every single year, the cable rates go up as they outpace inflation. Finally had 25 channels added to cable last year. There was a $2 rate increase after three months. At the end of 2004, they hiked the rates up by $5!!! They even hiked up the rates of the worthless Starz!/Encore mantinee pack by $1.50 which led me to drop those two channels like a bomb only to be charged by the damn cable company a fee of $20 for the downgrade. b*******s! I once heard that sports channels are the reason for some of the big rate increases over the year. if that is the case, I wish they would take ESPN, ESPN 2, and Fox Sports and set thme up in some Sports Fan subscribed pack that people can drop if they want cheaper cable rates. Just a thought.