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New DirecTV customers to pay $3 a month for sports

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm •  Published: December 10, 2012

The next step up is called "choice" and starts at a promotional price of $35 a month, not including the extra fee. The "choice" level has about 10 more channels such as the Cooking Channel and IFC along with regional sports networks, which offer coverage of local sports teams.

The move is similar to a decision by Charter Communications Inc. in late 2010 to break out how much each customer pays each month for the cost of retransmitting local broadcast TV signals, which had previously been given to the cable TV operator for free.

DirecTV fought with Time Warner Cable over the cost of its new Lakers channels, holding out on carrying them until two weeks after the regular NBA season had started.