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Is Verizon's just-increased CableCard rate the biggest rip-off in subscription TV?
Late last month, Verizon quietly rolled out a price hike: The monthly rent for a CableCard jumped from $3.99 to $5.99 (http://www22.verizon.com/home/fiostv/#equipment).
CableCards, for the uninitiated, let devices such as TiVo DVRs receive subscription-TV bundles. They're the only successful attempt at opening up the hardware market for cable (and fiber services such as Fios), even if support for them stops with TiVo and one or two computer-based tuners.
Because a CableCard leaves the hard work to your tuner or recorder, you shouldn't pay much for them; Comcast even gives one free for each device you own (http://customer.comcast.com/help-and-support/cable-tv/about-cablecards).
Verizon, however, not only charges for them but now feels content to jack up that price by half. That's ugly.