Not content to let cable operators and EchoStar hog the spotlight, DirecTV Inc. also announced its own family-friendly programming tier this week.
DirecTV said it will offer a package of more than 40 channels “suitable for family and younger viewers,” starting in mid-April. The DirecTV “Total Choice Family” package will include many of the same networks that EchoStar spelled out, plus Disney Channel, Hallmark Channel, HGTV and National Geographic Channel.
But DirecTV will charge significantly more for its family tier, which also includes local broadcast channels. The price will be $34.99 a month.