3 Cable TV Companies Hiking Prices for 2022

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The price of just about everything is on the rise, and that includes cable TV.

Of course, the cost of cable started increasing long before the recent wave of inflation set in. And things will be no different in 2022.

Multiple major cable companies, including the following, are hiking rates this month.

DirecTV

Prices will rise for most packages, with the hikes slated to begin on Jan. 23.

While there will be no increase for the “minimum service” and ChineseDirect Plus packages, every other package will see a bump.

For some services — including Basic Choice, Basic and Family — the boost will be modest, just $1 a month. But services such as Max and Plus will see prices jump by $10 a month, and everything else will see a rise between those two amounts.

In addition, regional sports network fees will be adjusted by ZIP code viewing area. Some customers will see no change or even a rate decrease. Others will have to pay up to $2 more each month.

In a message on its website, DirecTV blames the higher prices on “increased programming costs:”

“Periodically, TV network owners increase the fees they charge DIRECTV for the right to broadcast their movies, shows, and sporting events. In addition, this year we have experienced higher-than-normal inflation across our suppliers.”

AT&T U-verse TV

Prices also will rise on Jan. 23 for most AT&T U-verse TV packages. As is the case with DirecTV price hikes, this is due to rising programming costs, AT&T says.

Only the price of U-basic will remain the same. All other U-verse TV packages will cost $5 to $8 more each month.

In addition, the monthly Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee will rise from 8 cents to 12 cents per month.

For more details, visit AT&T’s “U-verse TV price changes for 2022” webpage.

Xfinity

Cord Cutter News reports that Comcast also is hiking prices this year and that the company has notified its customers. CCN says both the broadcast TV fee and regional sports fee will increase. Even the cost of using a Comcast TV box and remote will rise.

A Comcast spokesperson released the following statement to The TV Answerman website:

“Rising programming costs — most notably for broadcast TV and sports — continue to be the biggest factors driving price increases for all content distributors and their customers, not just Comcast.”

How much are prices increasing? The TV Answerman says you can expect to pay up to $4.50 a month more for service, depending upon your market. You also will pay a regional sports channel fee hike of $2 a month. TV rental box fees are going up $2.50 a month.

How to cut the cable TV cord

If such price hikes represent the final straw for you — or if you simply want to reduce your TV costs for whatever reason — cutting the cable cord can be a great way to save. But only if you do it right.

As we point out in “Why Cutting the Cord Can Be Confusing — and How to Decide If It’s for You,” saving money on TV service is not always straightforward:

“It can be deceptively difficult to figure out whether switching to a streaming TV service or sticking with a traditional paid-TV provider would be cheaper for you.”

To learn more about your options, check out Money Talks News’ latest coverage of streaming and cable TV services.