DirecTV Stream raises pricing across all its tiers

DirecTV Stream raises pricing across all its tiers
DirecTV Stream app icon on Apple TV.
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DirecTV streams are still a thing. And the reason we know this – despite it being almost certainly the least popular of the live services available in the US – is because it has raised its already very expensive price.

Now things break down like this:

  • Entertainment: The least expensive plan with more than 75 channels goes for $70 to $80 per month.
  • Like: The next highest plan starts at 105 channels and goes from $90 to $109 per month.
  • Last: The 140-channel-plus plan goes from $105 to $120 per month.
  • Premiere: The top plan includes more channels and Max, Starz, Cinemax and Showtime, but ranges from $150 to $165 per month.

None of these are comparatively cheap. For example, YouTube TV, which has more than 5 million subscribers, currently charges $73 per month for more than 100 channels. Hulu with Live TV, the next largest service with about 4 million subscribers, costs $70 per month.

We don’t really know how big (or small) DirecTV is now. The service has changed hands several times over the years and has not seen any subscriber growth since leaving the AT&T umbrella. At last count, at the end of 2020, DirecTV Stream (which was still known as AT&T TV) had approximately 656,000 subscribers, a number that had been steadily declining since the third quarter of 2018, when it had approximately 1.84 million. Were customers.

Still, it doesn’t look like DirecTV Stream is going anywhere anytime soon, and it makes sense that it’s essentially the streaming arm of the legacy satellite TV service.

However, it is much more expensive than any of the alternatives.

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Ganesan Arumugam is a seasoned journalist with a passion for uncovering stories that resonate with readers worldwide. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to journalistic integrity, Ganesan has contributed to the media landscape for over a decade, covering a diverse range of topics including politics, technology, culture, and human interest stories.

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