The move by cable and satellite providers is meant at least in part to cover increasing costs for carrying networks and popular channels, but they risk exacerbating the trend of canceling service altogether.
Comcast isn't likely the only mega-media bid in the works. There will probably be a rush to consolidate. Here's a look at some of the proposed combinations that could transform the media landscape and change how people get their entertainment.
Even though most residential customers can easily meet most of their Internet needs with speeds of about 100 megabits per second, Internet service providers are aggressively rolling out gigabit—1,000 mbps—offerings nationwide.