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Cable, satellite costs expected to rise

Last Modified: Sunday, January 19, 2014 2:32 PM

By Justin B. Phillips / American Press

Cable and satellite will start getting more expensive not only for portions of south Louisiana, but the entire country. Rate hikes are scheduled over the next month, with some of the price increases having begun earlier this week.

For DirectTV, Dish Network, AT&T and Cox Communications monthly increases range from $2 to $5. The AT&T U-verse price hike will start Jan. 26 and will see customers paying $3 more per month for all service plans except for U-basic. For most Dish Network subscribers, the $5 service increase began Saturday. Direct TV customers will see an increase between $3 and $5 for its basic entertainment plan and its premier package.

For Cox customers in south Louisiana, the price will vary based on the type of service package. Cox attributes the increase to the economic climate and the rise in fees it has to pay national and local networks to carry their programs. The decision was described in detail in a written statement from Cox spokesperson Sharon Bethea.

“The rising cost of what we pay national TV networks and local broadcasters to carry their stations and programs is the main reason for the video price increases,” Bethea said.

Bethea also said the average increase for Cox customers will be less than $12.

Cox pays hundreds of millions of dollars annually to TV networks like ESPN/Disney, NBCU, Viacom and FOX to obtain programming, Bethea said.

For residents looking for ways to bypass cable or satellite, there are options available, including Apple TVs, Google Chromecast, Smart TVs and Roku boxes.

According to service representatives from Best Buy, the products allow users to stream television shows via the Internet with subscriptions to programs like Netflix that cost less than $10.

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