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It’s costing more to watch TV

Basic-cable rates through local provider Cox Communications are set to rise 24 percent by Tuesday, to nearly $20, according to a sample invoice the Review-Journal studied. Satellite provider Dish Network boosted its monthly service fees in February by 16.6 percent, to $34.99, for its least-expensive package. At satellite competitor DirecTV, monthly invoices are up an average of 4 percent, or $2 to $3 a month, in 2011, a spokesman said.