DirecTV Now is Raising Prices, Losing Channels, and Generally Getting Worse

/Film | 3/13/2019 | Ethan Anderton
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When it came to streaming television subscriptions giving viewers the chance to cut the cord with their cable companies and avoid putting satellite dishes on their roofs, DirecTV Now was one of the best options available. They offered a variety of packages with an impressive slate of channels, even when they raised the prices on all their subscription options by $5 last summer. But it appears that price hike wasn’t enough, because AT&T is drastically changing their DirecTV Now packages by charging even more for fewer channels. Generally, DirecTV Now has suddenly gotten much worse.

Previously, DirecTV Now had four packages available at $35, $50, $60, and $70. All those packages went up by $5 each last summer, but that was still a great deal. Now The Verge points out that AT&T has officially revamped their DirecTV Now service to offer only two packages. There’s the Plus package at $50, which will include HBO, and the Max package at $70, which includes HBO and Cinemax.

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You might be thinking that the addition of HBO and Cinemax in these packages should more than make up for the increased price. But take a closer look at those channel line-ups. They’re missing over a dozen popular channels, including AMC, BET, Comedy Central, Discovery, History, MTV, Nickelodeon, TLC, VH1, and more. All of those were part of previous DirecTV Now packages. Many of those are also Viacom channels, so it sounds like keeping those channels was proving to be more expensive for the provider. There’s a chance this could change, but as of now, it certainly makes the service less valuable.

What’s Happening with Old Subscriptions?

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The good news is if you are already subscribed to one of the older DirecTV Now subscription packages, you’ll be able to keep your current channel bundles. The bad news is that...
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