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.