Why cable bills are rising again and what can you do

NEW YORK — are ringing in the new year with an unwelcomed gift: higher .

, for instance, says will rise 2.2 percent, on average, in 2018. AT&T is raising ’s prices by up to $8 a month in mid-January. Smaller providers are planning increases, too.

Over the past decade, prices for TV service have risen almost twice as fast as inflation.

point to rising fees they pay to carry TV networks. The networks, in turn, have their own rising costs — particularly sports, as they willingly pay more to sports leagues for what they consider must-have programming. Although annual rate hikes are inevitable, many consumers manage to lower their bills by pushing back and getting promotional rates. (AP) Photo by ITU Pictures