DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue Each Getting $5 Price Hike
What's a price-sensitive viewer to do? Both DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue will raise subscription fees by $5 per month.
Starting July 26, AT&T will raise the price of monthly plans for new and existing customers by $5. That means its entry-level 60-channel Live a Little plan will go for $40 per month, the 80-channel Just Right Plan will be $55 per month, the 100-channel Go Big plan will be $65 per month, and the 120-channel Gotta Have It plan will be $75 per month. Surprisingly, its Todo y Más bundle of Spanish and English language content will stay at $45 per month.
AT&T says raising the price of its lowest tier to $40 is in line with the rest of the market. In June, AT&T announced Watch TV, a streaming service available for free to certain wireless customers.
Soon after the news broke, Sony announced it will raise prices for all four of its tiers by $5 per month. It's cheapest option, Access, will go for $44.99, while its top Ultra plan will cost $79.99 per month. Sony says the rise is needed to keep up with business costs. Sony's increase will begin July 24.
The AT&T move has raised eyebrows since only last month the company said merging with Time Warner would likely lead to lower prices for DirecTV customers.
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