I received a letter today from TW that my bill is going up. It says I currently pay $150.95. The new rate “should be” $262.80, but because I am a long term customer, they are going to give me a “special rate” of $175.97 per month, which is a $25 per month increase. I currently have: 1 DVR 2 digital cable boxes and two other TVs on plain, analog cable service. Unlimited domestic phone service and 20 Mg internet which is a step up from the basic service. We have HBO & Showtime, although I can rarely find anything to watch on Showtime except Ray Donovan and Nurse Jackie. Both services were supposedly thrown in free at the time for some other bitch I had about something else. Anyway, I call today to use my usual threat to cancel service because the bill is just too high. After the “I you sure you want to cancel” script he reads and I answer yes, I'm switching to DirecTv, he then asks if he can take a look and see if we can make some “adjustments” to my bill. After ‘looking” he comes back with an offer of $148.95 for the same service I have now. A savings of $2 per month with all the same services I have now. I know there are other, possibly cheaper (?), options available, but having lived in the country for ~12 years w/o cable & high speed internet, I am quite happy to pay $150 for the bundle. There are no fiber or Uverse options where I'm located, just DirecTv. I have to think there are people who receive the price increase notice and just pay it? Otherwise, why would this little game exist??