Dish this weekend has begun alerting existing subscribers that prices on their programming packages will rise in January, the fifth major pay TV operator to announce that it’s hiking monthly video fees in 2019.

DIRECTV, U-verse, Comcast, Charter and now Dish have all announced that prices will go up, although the pay TV industry has been losing customers in the last few years largely because of rising prices.

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In a notice posted yesterday at its web site, the satcaster says the following plans will see price increases starting January 15, 2019:

Welcome Pack — $22.99 a month to $29.99 a month
Smart Pack — $32.99 a month to $35.99 a month
Dish America — $47.99 a month to $52.99 a month
America’s Top 120 — $62.99 a month to $67.99 a month
America’s Top 120 Plus — $67.99 a month to $72.99 a month
America’s Top 200 — $77.99 a month to $82.99 a month
America’s Top 250 — $87.99 a month to $92.99 a month
America’s Everything Pack — $137.99 a month to $142.99 a month

(Note: Dish says promotional prices will stay the same until the promotional period ends. And if you want to remove your local channels from the above packages, the cost will decrease by $12 a month. The one exception is the Welcome Pack which does not permit excising the local channels.)

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DIRECTV and U-verse, both owned by AT&T, have also begun alerting subscribers that their video bills will rise next month, ranging from a $1-a-month increase for the Basic Choice plan to $8-a-month hike for the Ultimate Premier package.

The satellite TV service says it will also raise regional sports channel fees in some areas by as much as $1.90 a month.

Charter began notifying customers in several markets a few months ago that prices will increase as did Comcast.

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== Phillip Swann