Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 5:01 AM EDT Mar 21, 2019 LOS ANGELES — To stream or not to stream? It's no longer a huge question among consumers, as a combined 300 million plus subscribers now pay monthly for services like Netflix, Hulu, Apple Music and Spotify. But as a big study pointed out this week, the days of folks happily paying for multiple services could be in for a crash landing. Apple is expected to join the fray Monday with the sneak peek of a new entertainment subscription service to take on Netflix, featuring programming from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon; and later in the year, Disney and Warner Media are looking to launch high profile services that will further compete for your dollars. How to decide between all the offerings? We offer a cheat sheet of prices and pros/cons for the top services. Netflix Prices: starts at $8.99, $12.99 for HD on 2 screens or $15.99 for 4K and four … [Read more...] about Netflix, Amazon, Hulu: What streaming services should you subscribe to?
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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?
Jefferson Graham USA TODAY Published 8:44 AM EST Jan 22, 2019 Many of us have been there. You realize you're paying too much every month on various TV subscription services and want to cut back. So you turn on the TV, open the app, go to the account settings and search in vain for the "cancel" tab. Only it's not there. Signing up for a free trial is simple, but stopping the automatic billing spigot can take some detective work. It will require going to your computer, opening an app or calling in and standing firm with the rep who doesn't want to break up. Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, DirecTV Now, SlingTV, Sony PlayStation VUE, Philo, CBS All Access and others all offer the ability to ditch cable for internet-based entertainment that doesn't require a contract or equipment rental and offers more ways to watch — on TV, phones, tablets and computers. More: Netflix raises monthly prices on all of its US plans; here’s how much … [Read more...] about Cord cutting: How to cancel Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services