PlayStation Vue is Raising Their Price Again

AT&T’s DirecTV Now plans will get a $5 price hike

No change in channels included, just a 25-percent increase in price. Is it the fact that AT&T can say what it likes to convince a court to give it more monopolistic powers and get away with it, or is it that the USA government is so owned by corporate monopolies it is too scared to stand up to them? That takes the most affordable plan to $40 per month which, AT&T pointed out at the time, matched most of its competitors.

The company's streaming service DirecTV NOW, which it owned before the merger, will now cost new and existing customers $5 more per month, bringing the service's cheapest package up to $40 per month and the most expensive package to $75.

Adding to the frustration was the lack of "grandfathering" of existing plans: there was no way for existing subscribers to stick with their current package and keep paying the price they'd signed up for.

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Meanwhile, as noted by Variety, Sony is bumping the prices of its PlayStation Vue plans also by $5 per month. This service is now $40 a month.

AT&T also increased its administrative fee twice during the past quarter. The service, which non-AT&T customers can purchase for $15 a month, comes with more than 30 live channels but strips out news and sports programs. Those, you won't be surprised to hear, will be paid add-ons too. That means Vue's cheapest plan will now cost $44.99 per month instead of $39.99 per month. Down the line, the company promises, PlayStation Vue will get things like more broadcast stations and other, unspecified features.

In 2016, Reuters noted that the merger would be the first deal that combines a "major USA media company with a wireless network, satellite TV distributor, and high-speed Internet service provider".

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