Cable bills rising in 2010, how to lock your rate in today

The next cable bill that comes in your mail could contain a belated bad start to 2010 in the form of higher prices.

Not only are new offerings, like 3-D programming, on the way later this year but networks in general want more money for their programming. Fox, for example, threatened to pull its stations from Time Warner unless it was paid more per subscriber, with an undisclosed last minute deal being the only thing that kept New Year's Day college bowl games on the air in many homes.