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Netflix points to ‘Fortnite’ as competition after its price hike

Just days after revealing higher prices coming to customers in the US, Netflix is revealing its Q4 2018 results, and it’s already looking to the future. While a few years ago Netflix was the “Albanian army” coming to take on HBO, execs said in a letter to investors (PDF) that “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO.” In fact, Netflix claims it’s not focused on any of the competition, whether Disney+, Amazon, Hulu or NBCUniversal’s new entry, as much as it wants to provide a good experience for customers. – Richard Lawler, Engadget » https://engt.co/2FEGINa

AT&T Slipped an Extra $1.23 Onto Your Wireless Bill, and It Stands to Make a Fortune

Discovered by BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk (via Fortune), it seems AT&T’s new strategy to increase revenue is by upping the “administrative” fees tacked onto monthly phone bills from 76 cents to $1.99. While that might not sound like much, when you take into account AT&T’s 64.5 million monthly wireless customers and then multiply that by 12 months a year, you’re suddenly looking at a lot more than a simple chunk of change. – Sam Rutherford, Gizmodo https://ift.tt/2yNLbeN

Netflix will increase the price of streaming for its most loyal members

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While the record quarterly growth in subscribers (and resulting rising share price – up 124 percent in 12 months) give the company reason to cheer, the company’s most loyal subscribers in the US will get slapped with a price increase later this year. Customers on ‘grandfathered’ plans (ie. people who signed up years ago before new pricing tiers were introduced) that cost $7.99 for HD streaming will be given the option to continue streaming in standard definition (SD) instead or to pay $9.99 per month to continue watching in HD. – Ben Woods, The Next Web
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Rdio lowers family subscription prices to compete with Spotify

Rdio had offered similar options for more than a year, but Spotify undercut the rival service by a few bucks. Now Rdio’s put out a blog post announcing new pricing — and it’s exactly the same as Spotify’s. If you want to sign up, it’ll cost you $14.99 for two people, $19.99 for three, $24.99 for four, or $29.99 for five. – Colin Lecher,The Verge
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WWE (Elbow) Drops Price of Monthly Streaming Service

To help encourage more subscribers to join up, the WWE is—oddly—making it easier for them to quit. The WWE is abandoning its previous plan that required WWE Network subscribers to sign up for a six-month commitment if they wanted to enjoy lower monthly pricing. Previously, doing so would grant one access to all of the WWE Network’s programming for a mere $9.99 monthly fee. If you wanted a month-to-month deal that you could cancel at any time, you’d have to pay $12.99 monthly. – David Murphy,PCMag
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Time Warner Cable’s Advertised $89.99 Triple Play: Now $190.77. What the F@$#X$!?

First, there should be immediate rate reductions on all services as Time Warner Cable, Comcast, et al, have a monopoly over the cable wire — I can not simply go somewhere else with my business if I’m unsatisfied. There is no competition for fundamental services, such as ‘cable service’ or ‘high-speed Internet’, with a bundle to ‘save money’, except for, in my case, Verizon, who also uses the exact same, deceptive billing practices. […]
Second, there should be an investigation of the Social Contract and the extra $800.00+ per household that may have been charged to customers. In 1995, the FCC allowed Time Warner (and Comcast) to add up to $5.00 a month to pay for network upgrades (like high speed Internet) and the wiring of schools. There is no proof that this additional charge was ever taken off the bill or that the schools were wired.
Third, every ridiculous, made up charge should be immediately removed. Period. These charges are part of the cost of doing business for the company. Period! Add them to the advertised price or remove them.
Fourth, every tax, fee and surcharge added to this bill that has been ‘passed through’ should now be paid by the company. I.e., there is a tax or fee that is supposed to be paid by the company, but they get to pass it on to you, the lucky customer.Fifth, clean up this deception. This is not a ‘promotional price’; it is a deceptive practice that has been allowed to continue for too long. All “must pay to get service charges” should be part of the advertised price. This includes the set top box, which Time Warner’s ‘agreement’ states that other boxes may not work with the Time Warner system.

Finally, the merger of Time Warner and Comcast…? You got to be kidding me! Allowing Time Warner Cable to merge with Comcast, where both have been rated as ‘the most hated companies in America’, is not in the Public Interest. This is just another version of this bill. Rotten to the core. – Bruce Kushnick,The Huffington Post

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Spotify Lowers Its Music Prices, Using a Family Plan. Apple Wants to Go Lower.

Spotify is effectively offering a price cut on its subscription music service by giving family members a 50 percent discount on additional accounts. So if you have a $10 Spotify Premium subscription, your husband can get one for $5 a month. Spotify says the new pricing scheme will roll out globally over the next few weeks. […] They are also a sign that Spotify, and its CEO Daniel Ek, agrees with the pitch Apple has been making to the music labels: If paid subscription services are going to get much bigger, they will have to get cheaper. While $10 a month is now the industry standard, that’s much, much more than people spent on music during the industry’s peak. – Peter Kafka,Re/code
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Analyst: HBO’s Streaming Channel Could Cost Up To $18/Month

HBO is likely to face pressure from distributors to set the price for its new offering at a level that will not cannibalize existing subscriptions within the cable bundle. Barclays analysts speculated in a research report that the service was likely to cost $18 a month, which would be higher than the roughly $15 a month that cable systems typically charge for HBO. […] Part of the reason Time Warner is launching a standalone product is to gain more leverage against the cable companies that it feels do not do enough to promote HBO as a premium channel. Some cable systems have as few as 14 percent of their subscribers taking HBO, while others have as much as 44 percent, according to [Richard Plepler,HBO]. – Lisa Richwine & Liana Baker, Reuters via Yahoo Tech 
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