It’s Time to Recalculate Your Cord Cutting Savings… Pay-TV Bills Are Going Up in January…




A young woman is sitting in her kitchen and is loking at her receipts at home while using a smart phone

A young woman is sitting in her kitchen and is loking at her receipts at home while using a smart phoneWell it’s time to take a new look at what you are saving as a cord cutter. Many cable companies and satellite services, such as DirecTV, are raising their costs.

Yesterday DirecTV announced its bills will go up between $2 and $8 a month on January 22, 2017. That may not seem like a lot, but $8 a month is $96—almost the cost of a year of Hulu or Amazon Prime. Over the lifetime of a two-year contract that is an extra $192.

DirecTV is also raising its regional sports channel fee to $2.56 per month. (That is an extra charge on top of the bill that is advertised.)

DirecTV says the price increases are because of “the higher cost of programing.” It is an interesting move to announce this price increase less than a month after it launches its new live TV streaming service DirecTV Now. One has to wonder if DirecTV is pushing people to the new streaming service or if it is just bad timing.

The good news for cord cutters is you do not have to pay for this new cost. If you are still just thinking about becoming a cord cutter this could be one more reason to start.


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