By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man – @tvanswerman
DIRECTV Stream has announced new price increases effective November 5, 2023. The multi-channel, live streaming service has announced at its web site that it will raise its Choice plan from $99.99 a month to $108.99 a month; the Entertainment plan will rise from $74.99 a month to $79.99 a month. The Ultimate package will increase from $109.99 a month to $119.99 a month. And the Premier plan will rise from $154.99 a month to $164.99 a month.
The price hike has more significance than your average pay TV increase because DIRECTV Stream provides more regional sports channels than any other live streaming service. Unlike Sling TV, YouTube TV and Hulu Live, DIRECTV Stream carries the Bally Sports RSNs as well as particularly tough-to-find local sports channels such as MASN, Altitude and SportsNet LA, among others. But Choice is the cheapest DIRECTV Stream package that offers regional sports channels which means cord-cutting sports fans will have to pay almost $110 a month to watch their favorite teams on the streamer.
The streaming service also announced that Showtime’s price will rise by 99 cents a month and AMC+ will go up by $1 a month. DIRECTV Stream also announced price increases for some of its ‘grandfathered’ packages which were available when it was known several years ago as DIRECTV Now:
$10 a month increase:
LIVE A LITTLE
GOTTA HAVE IT
PLUS w/o HBO
$5 a month increase
TODO Y MAS
$7 a month increase
ENTERTAINMENT (not the Entertainment package available to new customers.)
DIRECTV Stream customers who have two-year contracts will also see increases to the following packages:
DIRECTV Stream blames the increases on the escalating cost of programming and the rise in the nation’s inflation rate. “We’re adjusting the price of your television package in order to remain competitive in the marketplace, while still delivering the best possible programming. TV networks are continuing to increase the fees they charge DIRECTV for the right to distribute the content they produce, including movies, shows, and sporting events. We remain steadfast in our commitment to bring you the best programming at a fair and reasonable price,” the streamer states at its web site.
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— Phillip Swann