Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 9:58 AM EST Jan 26, 2019 Wait a minute, $51 a month to subscribe to Hulu's cable TV alternative service? That's the new $6-a-month increase the Disney/Comcast/AT&T-owned service told customers about this week for its ad-free, top tier of service. Not that the ad-supported version is immune. That's going up $5 to $45 a month. This comes just shortly after Netflix raised its rates for 2019, although not as dramatically as Hulu, averaging around $2 more monthly. Or put annually, that's $72 more for Hulu and $24 more for Netflix. (More on the fine print of streaming rates in a second.) So is cutting the cord still a better deal than cable? Is now the time to go back? Not if you like paying more money. The two largest cable companies, Comcast and Charter Spectrum, both quietly jacked up their rates as well at the end of 2018, and more substantially. Spectrum's new rates, reports the Verge, will add $100 yearly to the current cost of … [Read more...] about Is streaming still cheaper than cable, even with price hikes from Netflix?
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Irish citizens faced challenges including rampant house prices, while Ryanair and Irish bank shares hit turbulence. But there were upbeat stories too as Irish food and drink exports surged, writes John Daly in his review of the yearJANUARYThe new year began much as the old year ended, with Brexit and housing dominating the headlines. Average house prices across the State climbed by 8.4% in 2017, following a hefty rise in the previous year. Dublin led the way but other cities were not that far behind. Galway, Cork, and Limerick posted price gains of 8.4%, 7.3%, and 7.4%.A strengthening economy, strong employment growth, and demographic pressures were in play, but the chronic lack of house-building of all types of homes for the previous 10 years would continue to push prices higher.“This is most notable in the established housing markets of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Galway, where the supply side pressures are most apparent,” said Sherry FitzGerald group chief economist … [Read more...] about Business review 2018: House prices soar, Ryanair and bank shares fall but food exports surge
Associated Press Published 9:51 AM EST Dec 21, 2018 NEW YORK – A year after morning news shows at CBS and NBC abruptly lost male anchors Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer in sexual misconduct scandals, the “Today” show has done appreciably better weathering the storm. Momentum at “CBS This Morning,” the most buzzworthy morning show for a handful of years, stopped dead with Rose’s firing. Last week CBS announced the exit of Ryan Kadro, the show’s top executive who had worked there since its 2012 launch, leaving an uncertain future. “Today” is hardly problem-free – remember Megyn Kelly? – but it has the steadiest audience of all three network morning shows. The elevation of Hoda Kotb into Lauer’s role is widely perceived as a winner. Rose lost his job in November 2017 following allegations of improper behavior with women who had worked with him. Lauer’s downfall, also due to reports of inappropriate … [Read more...] about ‘Today’ show beating CBS after Matt Lauer scandal thanks to Hoda Kotb