Cable companies getting chippy with fees

|By:, SA News Editor

Cable TV customers at Comcast (CMCSA -2.7%) and Time Warner Cable (TWC -1.5%) will be charged a fee if they choose to switch to a lower-fee programming package, according to Variety.

Fees range from $2 to $6 depending upon the service.

What to watch: The tactic could backfire on the companies with new online TV services destined to launch sometime this year. An announcement on Intel's Internet business could come next week. Expect the high pricing in the Pay-TV sector to be a selling point for the new ventures which will offer a more attractive entry point.