Additional fees to be implemented for sporting channels
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/14/2013 -- Cable providers are not blind to the sections of their product that are valuable: Sports.
That is likely at least a portion of the reason that DirecTV added a surcharge of its programming package, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Any new customers who subscribe to DirecTV are going to be asked to pay a $3 regional sports network fee, according to the report. In Los Angeles, those channels include Prime Ticket, Fox Sports West, Deportes, and SportsNet. The on-the-top charge is simply being added to the fee the cable provider already charge customers.
The $3 fee will appear for all new customers who have opted for the packages priced above the lowest tier. The lowest tier removes regional sports networks, and starts at $30 per month.
Sporting programming is now costing cable providers a fortune, and a large reason that consumers will see their payment increase is specifically due to that fact. Many major sporting events do not stream games online in an accessible way, and thus the fees continue. Subscribers who are not particularly interested in sports channels would love to see channels that cater to sports removed from the cable stable in order to enjoy much cheaper prices. However, that is not an accessible future.
Robert Mercer,, a DirecTV spokesperson, stated that the surcharge is “a way of recovering some, but not all, of the costs of sports in certain markets,” according to Yahoo Sports.
Many of the largest cities have multiple sports networks, in addition to Los Angeles. DirecTV stated that the affected markets represent nearly 20% of the country's 2010 designated market, says Yahoo Sports.
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