This seems like an example of a company providing a utility just crying out for oversight and regulation by the city of Seattle.
My regular Comcast bill - $109 per mo. for Internet and Cable. So, every six months, I have to call them and threaten to switch to Qwest and DirecTV which keep sending me low priced offers.
I schedule a cancellation with Comcast, then they drop my rate to a market price again. The new monthly bill through the end of the year $63 per mo.
Seriously, in addition to not letting me buy cable channels a la carte, the company continues to be able to charge an above market rate ... it's getting kind of silly to have to regularly call them to adjust my rates.
The Seattle City Council might want to address this issue and force them to consistently offer a market rate and a la carte subscription options.