Those skinny bundles are getting just a tad pricier. Sling TV, Dish Network’s version of the streamlined cable packages available for streaming, is raising its base price by $5 to $25 a month, according to TechCrunch. It follows YouTube TV which has raised its price after to $40 a month from $35 earlier this year. These services, including those offered by Hulu and AT&T, are likely not making any money at their low prices, given the cost of licensing cable channels.
The high cost of cable is of course the reason why people have been cutting the cord. And the idea was that skinny bundles could offer lower priced options by cutting out some channels. The problem is that most offer sports channels, which tend to be the most expensive. Further price rises are inevitable, possibly slowing the growth of these services.