TV streaming services continuously increase their prices from year-to-year. Cable and satellite companies do the same thing – see pricing trends for Xfinity, DirecTV and Dish. For those cutting the cord, choosing which TV streaming service is right for you and your family can be challenging. Before you select or change streaming service provider, know how to best plan for TV in 2023. We monitor the price changes regularly for streaming and cable/satellite service providers so you don’t have to. Know what to expect, when price increases occur, and how to proactively manage your subscriptions. Our goal is to help you get the best value for TV.
Price Increases Expected for Most TV Streaming Services
TV streaming service providers with cable & live TV channels continue to increase their prices, due to annual TV content price increases. Local Network, Sports and Cable News channels (in that order) are the most expensive TV channels/content.
Sling and Hulu have recently announced price increases. Based on trends, price increases are expected from Hulu Live, YouTube TV and DirecTV Stream as early as January 2023. This is also when traditional Cable & Satellite providers increase rates annually too. Original content exclusive TV streaming services including Peacock, Paramount+, Disney+ and Netflix are excluded from this analysis.
Sling Orange or Blue – $5 Increase
Announced on November 3, 2022, Sling’s price increase went into immediate effect for new customers. For existing subscribers, the price increase will start in December 2022 statements.
Philo – No Increase Expected in 2023
The last price increase for Philo was in June 2021. Sans Sports and News, we do not expect another price increase soon as little changes have been made to the platform.
Hulu (without Live TV) – $1-$2 Increase
The two basic Hulu packages (without Live TV) have price increases effective October 10, 2022. The ad-free subscription is $2/mo. more; the ad-based subscription is $1/mo. more.
Frndly – no increase expected
Frndly has minimized price increases while expanding their channel lineup of Lifestyle channels. The last price increase was in Nov. 2021 as a result of adding A+E channels.
DirecTV Stream – Expect $5 Increase
Typically announced in December, we expect DirecTV Stream subscriptions to increase from between $5 – $10/mo. depending on the package. Increases are usually effective in January.
Fubo TV – No Increase Expected
An increase of $5/mo. was added in May 2022. When adding Altitude Sports, Fubo TV included a $12 Regional Sports Fee in this area, so the cost will likely stay the same for now.
Hulu Live – increase expected soon
With all other individual services increasing their prices in October 2022, and the cost of Live TV going up, price increases are inevitable. How soon is unknown but anticipated.
YouTube TV – Price Increase Likely
It is likely that YouTube TV will again add a price increase mid-2023. Prices have remained flat since June 2021. Nothing has been announced, but the last price increase was $15/mo.
TV Streaming Services without Live, Local TV
The most cost-effective way to cut the cord is to install an outdoor antenna for live local broadcast TV. Once properly installed, you can receive 70+ local channels for $0/mo. forever. This allows the freedom to choose, cancel and even switch between cable TV streaming service providers. Sling, Philo & Frndly are the least expensive Live TV bundles since they do not have expensive local channels. Choosing the best fit for your family depends on your viewing needs and budget.
Sling increases prices by $5 – effective Nov. 3, 2022
Sling’s price increase was put into effect immediately for new customers. However, renewal customers will see the price increase applied in their December 2022 bills. Base subscription is now $40/mo. Sling does not include local broadcast channels (ex. FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.) in their streaming only packages which can help buffer from big price increases due to broadcasting fees. Read announcement.
Philo – no price increase expected for 2023
The last price increase for Philo was in 2021 as a result of contract changes, investment in their platform, and channel coverage. The service has been $25/ month since the last increase in June 2021. And, no specific announcements have been made to indicate another price increase.
Philo continues to be one of the least-cost complements to live TV. In May of 2022, we took a deep dive into Philo – read what you need to know about this streaming service. It’s an ideal complement to live, local broadcast TV with its unparalleled coverage of Lifestyle channels.
Hulu increases prices by $2 – effective Oct. 10, 2022
Disney is raising prices for all their streaming services – Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+. Hulu’s price increases effective as of October 10 include +$1/mo for basic Hulu with ads and +$2/mo for ad-free Hulu. Hulu with Ads will now cost $7.99/mo. And, Hulu ad-free will cost $14.99/mo. Read announcement.
Frndly – no price increase anticipated in 2023
Frndly last increased their prices in Nov. 2021 after adding much-desired A+E channels including multiple Hallmark channels. The timing for adding that content was perfect as demand for streaming Hallmark was high. But the price increase was minimal – just $1/mo. more across Frndly’s tiers. And while Frndly has nearly doubled their channel lineup since launch in 2019, no other price increases have been added. Sign up for Frndly.
Recommendation: Complement Live Streaming TV with an Antenna
With an outdoor antenna for live, local network TV channels (70+ channels cost $0/mo.). Adding complementary streaming services like Frndly (at $7/mo.), Hulu (at $15/mo.), Philo (at $25/mo.), or Sling (at $40/mo.) is smart cord-cutting compared to cable/ satellite packages that cost more than $150/mo. Savings can easily amount to more than $120/mo. ($100-$200 for service + $10 for box rental + $40 broadcast, sports, fees & taxes).
TV Streaming Services with Live, Local TV
When getting live local broadcast TV channels via an antenna isn’t an option, choosing between Live TV streaming services shouldn’t be taken lightly. While costs are comparable between providers (ranging from $65 – $135 per month), channel coverage can vary greatly. Plus, functionality like cloud DVR, streaming quality, and broadcasting fees vary across providers. And, the streaming equipment in your home can make a huge difference in signal quality. Save your sanity, we’re here to help.
DirecTV Stream expected to increase prices for 2023 – no announcement yet
While yet to be announced, we’re anticipating DirecTV Stream will again raise prices for 2023. Typically, the price increase is announced in early-to-mid December and goes into effect before end of January. Price increases varied from $5 – $10 on January 23, 2022.
DirecTV Stream can be a good alternative to watch live local TV plus cable channels. It is the only alternative to getting all regional sports networks for Avs, Nuggets (Altitude Sports) and Rockies (AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain).
YouTube TV – another price increase expected for 2023
It is likely that YouTube TV will increase their prices sometime in mid-2023, we’re guessing around $10/mo. The last price increase happened in July 2021 as YouTube TV increased by $15/mo. Currently at $65/mo., YouTube TV is still a very viable alternative and offers a cable-like viewing experience with their tv grid guide layout. YouTube TV isn’t for everyone, but is worth considering in the mix of cable + live TV streaming options.
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Hulu Live – $5-$10/mo. price increase expected
We expect price increases for the Hulu Live packages soon. Respective bundles of Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu Live are also expected, but none have been announced yet. Prices already increased for Disney+ and ESPN+ in October 2022. Base Hulu package price increases up to $2/mo. were implemented in October 2022 as well. Read announcement.
Important: Bundling all three streaming services can help buffer the effects of the price increases. And keep a watchful eye on promotions from mobile providers – they often offer additional unique discounts.
Fubo TV – No increase expected soon
Fubo TV last raised their prices $5/mo. in May of 2022. In Colorado, the cost of Fubo TV went up again by $12/mo. in August as Altitude Sports was added. Subscription costs are now $82/mo. Costs vary in other regions. It is due to these recent changes that we do not expect another price increase from Fubo TV for now. In addition to Altitude Sports, the channel lineup includes multiple local channels within their base “Pro” package. This puts Fubo TV on par with DirecTV Stream, YouTube TV and Hulu Live for channel coverage and comparable prices.