DirecTV Stream Raises Prices
Increases apply to all but minimum service
DirecTV is raising prices for some of its DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) packages starting January 23, according to its website.
DirecTV will also raise prices on linear satellite TV services.
It will make the "adjustments" starting January 23, said the company: "Periodically, TV network owners increase the fees they charge DirecTV Stream for the right to broadcast their movies, shows, and sporting events," it explains, adding that the price hike was also due to the rise in inflation.
The current annual inflation rate topped 7% in November, while the Federal Reserve Board said an "acceptable" rate is about 2% or a bit less.
There will be no increase for minimum service, while other packages will go up from $4 per month to $10 per month. For example, Choice, its most popular package -- 90-plus channels and 45,000 on-demand titles -- will increase from $84.99 to $89.99.
Those currently with an introductory price break on a DirecTV Stream package will continue to pay that price until the discount expires, after which the new price will kick in. ■
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.