2021 Price Increase for DirecTV and U-Verse TV

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  1. the future is now

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    TV Price Changes for 2021

    Starting on January 17, 2021, your monthly DIRECTV bill will include a Federal Cost Recovery Fee of $0.19 per month. This fee used to be charged once a year.

    It covers regulatory fee expenses that DIRECTV pays to the Federal Communications Commission. Plus, the fee may include outstanding regulatory costs incurred in prior years that are not yet fully recovered. The fee isn’t a tax or surcharge that the government requires DIRECTV to collect if you have a DIRECTV account.
     
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  3. codespy

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    Great- my Premier package along with taxes goes up another $10/month and I still don’t get HD Extra Pack channels.:(
     
  4. techguy88

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    RSN fee applies to DirecTV / Broadcast TV Fee applies to U-Verse TV. According to this the price increase only applies to DirecTV and U-Verse TV and not AT&T TV/AT&T TV Now

    You should get Smithsonian Channel at least without the Movies Extra Pack
     
  5. techguy88

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    Here is the annual chart with all the packages and premiums

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  6. MysteryMan

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    Yearly price increase goes without saying. No surprise there. You can get "Movies Extra Pack" by subscribing to it for $4.99 a month.
     
  7. SledgeHammer

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    $8 increase for Preferred Xtra? Unbelievable! I really wish there was a viable alternative.
     
  8. the future is now

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    Thanks for the spreadsheet techguy88!
     
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  9. techguy88

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    Well if someone doesn't want Sports Pack but want Premier they could do this (depending on pkg structure):
    • Xtra $116.99 + ARS ($23) + 1 TV ($0.00) + HBO Max, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime ($50.96) = $190.95
    • Xtra $116.99 + ARS ($25) + 1 TV ($0.00) + HBO Max, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime ($50.96) = $192.95
    • Xtra $116.99 + ARS ($15) + 1 TV ($7.00) + HBO Max, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime ($50.96) = $189.95
    • Xtra (All Included, 1 TV) $139.00 + HBO Max, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime ($50.96) = $189.96
    This would save about $16/mo. Also if someone doesn't want Cinemax they could get Movies Extra Pack & Epix in its place. In fact getting Xtra + all 5 premiums is about $2/mo cheaper than getting Premier and all you would miss is Cowboy Channel rofl.

    Your welcome :)
     
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  10. harsh

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    A labor of love to be sure.
     
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  11. CTJon

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    Remember the suppliers (networks, sports stuff) raise prices at least every year. That is why you read about channels disappearing for a while occasionally. Not that DirecTv doesn't raise prices but their costs go up all the time also
     
  12. codespy

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    I get that, been with them for 22 years. Increases on Premier before AT&T use to be $5 every other year, now it’s been $9 yearly if my memory serves me correctly.

    I use to do the free HD EP game online for years every 3 months until ATT killed that too, and I will never ever pay extra for those, will just use them during the freeviews. If everyone decided to unsubscribe to those, eventually they would get tossed into the main package(s).

    I’m still not leaving, since Spectrum would bankrupt me for my setup with all my DVR’s. :)
     
  13. Willh

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    the annual "we had to pay for the retransmission rate increases to keep some channels on or get 'em back after a dispute caused a blackout" price hike.


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  14. harsh

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    I think you may be having romantic memories. Premier has been going up $5 or more per year since inception.

    2012 $119.99
    2013 $124.99 $5
    2014 $129.99 $5
    2015 $136.99 $7
     
  15. Delroy E Walleye

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    For whatever it's worth, Premier also has embedded "Advanced Service DVR" into the price for the last couple years - having increased enough to cover it of course.

    (Advanced service HD and whole-home are still an additional $10.00 and $3.00 respectively.)
     
  16. SledgeHammer

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    Ya, definitely. Cardboard cut outs are expensive AF!! :D
     
  17. codespy

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    My memory is not as bad as you think (yes I was off a buck for a couple years if you want to get technical), and I've had Premier since basically the start- but here is from 2004 and on- I filled in some of the years you missed.

    1998 to 2003 (cannot find my old bills).
    2004 $90.99
    2005 $93.99 $3
    2006 $99.99 $6
    2007 $99.99 $0
    2008 $104.99 $5
    2009 $109.99 $5
    2010 $114.99 $5
    2011 $114.99 $0
    2012 $119.99 $5
    2013 $124.99 $5
    2014 $129.99 $5
    2015 $136.99 $7

    6/2015- ATT Takes the ship over

    2016 $144.99 $8
    2017 $150.99 $6
    2018 $158.99 $8
    2019 $166.99 $8
    2020 $174.99 $8
    2021 $183.99 $9
     
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  18. codespy

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    I'm still Grandfathered Premier, so my DVR service is $0/month, but I still get charged the $10 and $3 hits. DirecTV did give me a 12 month credit about a year ago at $20/month to offset the HD Charge for two years due to a CSR error. That was nice.
     
  19. harsh

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    And on the fourth year, they relented. Of those 17 years of pricing, there were only two years where the package price didn't take a hop. Not very much like "every other year".
     
  20. Christopher Gould

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    the price of getting hbo, max, starz, sho seems wrong. 14.99+10.99+10.99+10.99= 47.96 not 50.96
     

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