The start of the new year will bring steeper internet and/or TV prices for AT&T, DIRECTV and Xfinity customers. Here’s what you need to know:
AT&T U-verse TV price increase
All AT&T U-verse TV customers, except for U-basic subscribers, will see a monthly plan increase of anywhere from $3/mo. to $7/mo., starting on Jan. 19, 2020.
Additionally, all U-verse TV subscribers will see an increase in the broadcast TV fee by up to $2, plus a seven-cent increase in the Federal Regulatory Recovery Charge. The U-verse broadcast TV fee is a fee the provider charges to recover costs they’re charged by local broadcasters to carry their channels. It is not a government tax or surcharge, but instead a fee they’re charged that is passed along to customers.
|Monthly price increase|
U-family All In
U200 All In
U200 Latino All In
U300 All In
U300 Latino All In
U450 All In
U450 Latino All In
|Broadcast TV Fee||Up to $2|
“Because our programming costs went up, we have to raise our monthly prices for select packages starting January 19, 2020. You’ll see the new pricing on your bill,” AT&T stated in a price change notice.
Customers who are currently part of a U-verse promotion will keep their discount until it expires. At the time of expiration, price increases will be applied.
DIRECTV price increase
Customers who have satellite TV through DIRECTV (which is owned and operated by AT&T) will also see 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.
AT&T raised prices for both U-verse and DIRECTV plans in January 2019. Since the last price increase, both services have continued to lose customers with AT&T sharing that 1.3 million customers left in Q3 of this year.
Xfinity internet, TV and phone price increases
Some Xfinity internet, TV and/or phone customers will start seeing a price increase as of tomorrow, Dec. 18, 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.