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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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
Gary Levin USA TODAY Published 10:27 AM EST Nov 12, 2018 Younger viewers are fleeing TV at an accelerated pace. The trend should surprise no one who has seen the rise of Netflix, a resurgence of video games and a shift to digital. But new Nielsen data show a widening gap in viewing behavior among young and old that's alarming some network executives. For the four weeks ending Oct. 28, coinciding with the start of the official TV season, the number of people ages 18 to 34 using TV has plunged 15% and is down 36% from 2014. The drop-off among teens – 18% from last year and 48% since 2014 – is even more pronounced. "It looks like a big, daunting number," says Peter Katsingris, senior VP of audience insights at Nielsen, and marks a sharp contrast with the mere 2% drop from 2017 among folks 55 and older, the most loyal viewers. But he says it reflects the new millennial mindset. "Younger generations are … [Read more...] about Cord-cutting and streaming cut into traditional TV viewing
As it prepares to take control of British telecommunications company Sky following a tense, months-long bidding war, American cable giant Comcast faces continued doubts about its strategy for content and technology -- and whether it will pay off. "We wish Comcast had not acquired Sky," analysts with the New Street research firm wrote Friday in a note to investors. "We wish they had walked away" when it became clear Comcast would have to pay £30.6 billion ($40 billion) to beat a rival bid from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox for a controlling stake in Sky. New Street was not alone. Most analysts appear to agree that Comcast went too far in its fight for control of the British group, even if it is one of Europe's most profitable and powerful TV companies. "Whether or not they've overpaid, you really have to ask: What was the alternative?" Zach Fuller, an analyst with MIDiA, told CNBC. "There are so few of these media assets" still available to growth-oriented companies like … [Read more...] about Comcast faces continued doubts over wisdom of Sky purchase
Comcast Corp. will no longer seek to compete with Walt Disney Co.’s for a swath of 21st Century Fox Inc.’s entertainment assets, choosing to focus instead on winning control of the Sky Plc satellite service.The decision allows Disney to go ahead with its offer of $71.3 billion for Fox’s entertainment properties, which include a 39 percent stake in Sky. Comcast has offered about $25 billion for the U.K. pay-TV provider, including Fox’s stake, though it’s unclear if Disney will be willing to part with it.While Comcast is dropping its pursuit of much of Rupert Murdoch’s empire, it did force Disney to pay a higher price for the assets, which also include a movie studio and cable networks FX and National Geographic. Comcast had made a $65 billion offer for Fox’s entertainment assets, forcing the Disney to sweeten its $52.4 billion deal.Comcast shares jumped 2.5 percent to $34.86 in early U.S. trading, a sign investors are relieved the bidding war … [Read more...] about Comcast Surrenders to Disney in Fox Bid, to Keep Pursuing Sky