Most subscribers can expect to pay about $3 more per month. The cable company is raising rates in its 18-county area -- including Raleigh, Durham, Goldsboro, Fayetteville and Wilson.
The reason is to make the same channels available to all of its subscribers and to jump start Time Warner's new, high-speed Road Runner Internet service.
Time Warner Cable subscribers in Raleigh can expect the same number of channels, but in smaller cities and towns, more channels are on the way.
In Wilson for example, 14 additional channels will be available next year.
"We're trying to sync up some of our channel line-ups as well as some of our rate structures, offering the same types of services, the same basic rate structure across the board," says Brad Phillips of Time Warner Cable.
News of the increase is traveling fast among satellite dish companies.
"We pretty much are looking forward to cable rates going up because that's more business for us," says Duane West of Dish Technologies.
The rate increase takes effect in January.
Some optional channels will be added to the standard service. In cases where customers special order channels, Time Warner says the bill could actually go down.
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