DIRECTV Will Raise Prices Next Month
By Phillip Swann
Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2016) - DIRECTV will raise the price of nearly all base programming packages by $2 a month to $6 a month on January 22, 2017, according to the satcaster's web site.
The satellite TV service, which is now owned by AT&T, blames the increase on "the higher cost of programming," the same reason it gave for last year's price hike which ranged from $2 a month to $8 a month, depending upon the plan.
DIRECTV's Family plan is the only base package that will not see an increase next month.
The Select plan next month will rise by $2 a month to $53.99 a month; the Entertainment package will rise by $3 a month to $64.99 a month; the Choice package will rise by $4 a month to $78.99; the Xtra plan will rise by $6 a month to $87.99; the Ultimate package will rise by $6 a month to $97.99; and the Premier package will rise by $6 a month to $150.99. (Prices are for existing subscribers.)
In addition, DIRECTV says it will raise the monthly regional sports channel fee from $0 to $2.56, depending upon the market.
"Due to higher costs of programming, an adjustment in the price of our programming packages is necessary," DIRECTV says at the site.
DIRECTV, which has loudly complained about programmers raising their carriage fees, has raised its prices annually for the last several years.
Next year's price increase was first spotted by Rich DeMuro, a tech reporter for KTLA in Los Angeles.
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