Rates Going Up

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Rates for cable and satellite TV are going up in Colorado.

Comcast and DirecTV say they will raise rates by an average of about four percent starting March 1st.

Englewood-based EchoStar Communications, which runs Dish Network, says it will raise rates by an average of four percent starting February 1st.

All three companies say higher programming costs and service improvements are behind the increases.

Comcast provides cable TV to about 700-thousand customers in Colorado.

Customers who take digital cable packages pay an average of about 66 dollars a month.

DirecTV says its 15 million customers pay an average of 70 dollars per month.

EchoStar customers on average pay 57 dollars a month.