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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Mike Snider USA TODAY Published 9:00 p.m. UTC Sep 6, 2018 The National Football League's regular season kicks off Thursday, but there's still time for those who don't have cable or pay TV to devise a game plan to watch online. This season, fans have more options than in the past to stream local and primetime games on their phones and other Net-connected devices. That strategy could be a move to tackle declining NFL ratings and a growing audience of viewers without traditional pay TV. While down, NFL games still are among the most-watched TV broadcasts. "They are trying to reach every possible viewer, partially because of ratings and partially because there are simply more ways to watch now," said Phil Swann, publisher of TheTVAnswerman.com, a TV news site. For starters, it will be a lot easier to watch a lot of games, including those featuring your local team, on your mobile device this season. In the past, only Verizon wireless customers could watch local and … [Read more...] about NFL’s streaming offensive makes it easier to catch your games this season
Rob Pegoraro Special for USA Today Published 12:00 p.m. UTC Jul 15, 2018 For the growing ranks of cord-cutters who fled cable- and satellite-TV services for cheaper streaming options, recent weeks have brought an unsettling run: rate increases that look too much like the price hikes that plagued traditional pay TV for years. First, the Dish Network-owned Sling TV announced at the end of June that its entry-level Sling Orange service would increase by $5 to $25. Days later, AT&T was notifying subscribers to its DirecTV Now that its three tiers of service would also go up by $5 a month, raising its starter rate to $40. And Sony PlayStation Vue said it, too, would increase rates by $5 a month to bring its cheapest plan to $40. Google’s YouTube TV, in turn, had led off this mini-trend in March with a $5 increase that brought its standard rate to, yup, $40. It’s true that online streaming operations face the same underlying inflation from studios and networks as cable … [Read more...] about As cord-cutting price increases hit, here’s what you can do