U-verse is raising its TV package prices by $7-12 a month, effective January 22, 2023. In addition, the DIRECTV-managed U-verse will increase its Broadcast TV fee by $3 a month.
AT&T made the announcement today at the company’s web site. (AT&T owns 70 percent of DIRECTV, DIRECTV Stream, and U-verse after it sold 30 percent to the private equity firm, TPG, in 2021.) The communications firm blamed escalating programming costs and the rise in inflation for the new price increase.
“Due to increased programming costs, we’re adjusting the price of our video packages. Periodically, TV network owners increase the fees they charge AT&T for the right to broadcast their movies, shows, and sporting events. In addition, this year we have experienced higher-than-normal inflation across our suppliers,” AT&T states.
U-verse customers who get the U-basic, U-family, U-family All In, or U100 plans will see an increase of $7 a month next month.
Subscribers who get the following plans will see their monthly bills rise by $8 a month:
U200 All In
U200 Latino All In
U300 All In
U300 Latino All In
And subscribers who get the following packages will see an increase of $12 a month:
U450 All In
U450 Latino All In
“We charge the Broadcast TV fee to provide access to local channel broadcast network programming like ABC, NBC, and CBS. It’s not included in your base package price, so you’ll see a separate line item on your bill. This fee isn’t imposed or required by federal, state, or local governments,” says the AT&T web site.
U-verse has been in existence for 16 years in select markets, but AT&T has scaled back its marketing efforts over the last several years. At the DIRECTV web site, it says U-verse is not taking new customers although existing ones continue to receive service.
There has been no word from DIRECTV on whether the satellite TV service or its live streaming sister service, DIRECTV Stream, will raise prices next month.
AT&T last year at this time announced that most U-verse TV packages would rise from $5 to $8 a month effective January 23, 2022.
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