Programming costs drive up Charter rates; Cablevision CFO Huseby resigns

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Charter Communications told its subscribers that the cost of cable TV programming will lead to $4 a month increases for both its basic and expanded cable packages, and sports tier rates will double. Story

> Cablevision Systems said, without further explanation, that CFO Michael Huseby has resigned and is being replaced by current-and-future Executive Vice President Gregg Seibert. Story

> New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he supports the incentive auctions legislation kicking around Congress. Story

> On the other hand, a coalition of broadcasters says that the legislation doesn't adequately protect "the vast majority of television broadcasters in the country." Story

> People aren't buying as many TV sets as expected, despite new features like Internet connectivity and 3D, DisplaySearch says. Story

And finally ... not only aren't people buying TVs (see above) but the digital set-top box market is flagging, with total unit shipments down 7 percent in 2010 and 2011 likely to be a "challenging year" according to In-Stat. News release

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