The start of the new year will bring steeper internet and/or TV prices for DIRECTV and Xfinity customers. Here’s what you need to know:
DIRECTV price increase
Customers who have satellite TV through DIRECTV saw price increases starting on Jan. 19, 2020. All DIRECTV packages — except the Minimum service, FAMILY and ChineseDirect Plus — will see a $1/mo. to $8/mo. price increase. This is the second price increase for DIRECTV services within the last 12 months.
|DIRECTV service||Monthly price increase|
TOTAL CHOICE LIMITED
TOTAL CHOICE Mobile
MAS ULTRA ORIGINAL
OPCION ULTRA ESPECIAL
|CHOICE XTRA CLASSIC|
Additionally, there will be an increase in the regional sports network fee for all plans based on the tier. Visit DIRECTV’s RSN fee page and enter your ZIP code to check your adjusted fee.
|Service||Monthly price increase|
|Regional Sports Network Tier 2||$2|
|Regional Sports Network Tier 3||$2|
|Regional Sports Network Tier 4||$1.50|
|Regional Sports Network Tier 5||$2|
DIRECTV customers who are currently part of a promotional plan will keep their discount until the end of the offer. Upon the expiration of the promotional period, price increases will be applied.
Xfinity internet, TV and phone price increases
Some Xfinity internet, TV and/or phone customers will start seeing a price increase as of Dec. 18, 2020 that will be rolled out nationally through January 2020. These price increases include a jump from $10/mo. to $14.95/mo. for the broadcast TV fee, a $3 increase on almost all of the internet plans (the Gigabit Pro being the exception) as well as increases on equipment rental and other fees.
|Xfinity service||Monthly price increase|
Extreme Pro internet
Gigabit Speed internet
|Internet modem rental||$1|
|TV box rental||$2.10|
|Remote control rental||$0.23|
|Broadcast TV fee||$4.95|
|Returned payment fee||$10|
Price increases are becoming a trend for both traditional internet and TV providers as well as cable TV streaming alternatives. Spectrum raised their prices for internet and TV customers three times within 12 months, Hulu + Live TV increased $10 to $55/mo. and AT&T TV NOW raised their prices twice in 2019.
For more information on price increases, hidden fees and cost-cutting measures you can take, keep an eye on our Resource Center.
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