excuses, excuses.. Do consumers really need those channels? This is the kind of thing consumers would cancel over.. usually cable companies wait until the next year to raise prices.. but, then they won't be able to get as much money next year from next year's price increases! Little does Comcast know that there is a ceiling that consumers will pay for video services before they cancel, and drop all their set-top rentals and subscription fees. Then, they'll get their programming over the internet and OTA & other venues for less cost. I don't know many couch potatoes who get to stay home and watch enough programming to pay $50 a month for it plus a $7 set-top box rental, plus franchise fees & taxes..
Well, if the internet fees go up.. and the speeds & cap/overages don't have a better value, this will backlash too and smack against a wall of regulation sooner or later and they'll be sorry for it..