Not surprising in the least. Consider the evolution of TV in my City.
In the Begining, "Peasant Vision" 4 free channels whose programing generally consisted of Junk, Garbage, Crap and Something far Worse.
Then came Cable, 60 chanels of Junk, Garbage, Crap and Something far Worse.
Onto Digital Cable and HD Digital Cable and we now have 200 chanels of you guessed it.
Any of the "Specialty Chanels" that are actually worth watching are available in the "Next Tier Up" at "Additional Cost".
A "Fully Loaded" cable subscription here will set you back a bit over $300.00 a month.
Don't know about you, but I'm digging through my wallet to see if my Library Card is still valid.