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Sling TV is raising its monthly subscription prices for the fourth time in the past five years, the company announced in a blog post seen by The edge. Both the Sling Orange and Sling Blue packages increase by $5, from $35 to $40, while the all-inclusive package with both Orange and Blue also increases $5 to $55.

Sling TV president Gary Schanman said the company made the increase because the “price of programming continues to rise,” while noting that it hadn’t raised prices in “almost two years.” The move comes less than a month after Disney went missing on Sling TV for two days, with the streaming service saying Disney wanted $1 billion more to renew its carrier contract.

Sling TV launched in 2015 for a price tag of $20 per month, but that price has gradually increased and is now at double the original rate. However, it’s still one of the cheaper options for live TV streaming, as YouTube TV costs $65 per month (up to nearly double its original price of $35), and DirecTV costs a minimum of $70.

Schanman said Sling TV has new features on the way, “including plans to add more than 150 new channels by 2023, new user profiles for your household, and automatic binge-watching capabilities.”

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