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The Dodgers RSN is a year away from launch, but already the hand-wringing is starting over the price. Truthfully, it started even before the deal was announced. Verizon recently followed DirecTV's lead in introducing a sports surcharge of $2.42/month that starts rolling out to new customers and those on month-to-month contracts next month. Cox has not announced any plans to do that, but it continues to express concern about sports costs. The MSO isn't commenting on any specific net, but a spokesman provided this generic statement that tackles the “trend” of teams starting their own channels and dubbing it a “major problem.” “With any new network, we closely evaluate the cost along with any associated value it brings for our customers. We're extremely concerned about the rising costs of programming, particularly in sports, and the impact it has on our ability to offer a fairly priced video service,” Cox said. “At any point in time, less than 5 percent of our customers are watching the games appearing on regional sports networks. The trend of teams extracting themselves from an existing RSN and starting their own channels, and the requirement that distributors continue to pay fees that impact most customers, has become a major problem.” Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable was making headlines Wed for a rate hike for the L.A. market. The company raised its broadcast rate from $17 to $20 in the LA area with average adjustment of 3.5%. All digital packages increase by $3. Those in a bundle see no price change. “For more than two-thirds of our customers in a bundle of services, there will be no video price increase at this time,” TWC said “As evident from recent media coverage, our industry has seen programming costs increase in double digits. Time Warner Cable has worked hard to keep our costs down and provide a wide range of choices for customers, and we have added new channels, On Demand content, and HD offerings to our lineup.” Note, no mention of the Lakers RSNs that launched late last year…

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