If you’re a longtime cable subscriber, you’ve probably noticed that your monthly subscription fee has been swelling faster than Charles Barkley’s waistline at a buffet. According to an industry forecast published in 2012, the average household cable bill is on pace to more than double by 2020, up from $86 per month to more than $200 by the end of the decade.
Fees for sports programming have played a significant role in the run-up, and an ongoing legal dispute involving industry bellwether ESPN has offered a peek into just how big. Based on information disclosed earlier this week in Dish Network’s lawsuit against the cable sports behemoth, ESPN is scheduled to receive $8 per subscriber per month by 2020 under the terms of its current deal with Time Warner Cable. That would amount to nearly $10 billion annually in subscription fees if other cable providers are subject to the same pricing model, according to MediaPost’s TVBlog.no comments