Higher than your property taxes? Higher than your electric bill? I need to move to Pennsylvania.
My electric bill is still smaller than the $178 stated ... but my property taxes are under $900 per year - which is a low bar if one wants other bills to be lower ($75 per month).
But I get his point. When one is looking at their bills picking off the highest ones and asking how do I get this one to be lower is valid.
Just a question, when your Car Insurance bill goes up, do you get more protection? When your electric bill goes up do you get more electricity or better electricity? Etc?
Features can be added to car insurance when the rates go up. Perhaps the company adds "Accident Forgiveness" or "Vanishing Deductible" or some other feature that costs less than the increase. Electric companies can improve service - which is not normally seen unless there is an outage or frequent brown outs. The improvements are hidden.
Usually bills go up because the source costs to provide those services go up. No different for television, electricity, etc. Programming costs go up, so rates go up.
With the DirecTV press releases and rate increase notices touting all the new stuff DirecTV is offering (and BTW here are our new rates) it would seem that DirecTV's problem is with added features ... including things added that their customers might not want to pay for ... along with the standard "cost of what you already have" rate increases.
While customers are technically not forced to pay for their RSNs the alternative has been made undesirable ... limiting the subscriber to a package that does not include valuable entertainment options. Customers can't get the Cooking Channel or IFC without paying for RSNs - or DIY, Biography, H2, Nat Geo Wild, Destination America, WGN, Fox Business and other channels. All are off the table unless the customer pays for their RSNs.
So customers have to suck it up, pay for RSNs and pay the additional RSN fee (in select markets) just to get those non-sports entertainment channels. Not exactly a "choice".