Bidding war for rights to air NBA’s 2025 season is officially on

Apr 24, 2024
Amazon Prime, Apple TV+ and Netflix want to expand their live sports offerings. The deal can be worth tens of billions of dollars.
Legacy media companies will compete with streamers like Amazon Prime, Apple TV+ and Netflix, who are eager to expand their live sports offerings.
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Broadband "nutrition labels" help you comparison shop for cable

Apr 11, 2024
Instead of tracking added sugar and fiber, they measure added fees and fiber speed.
An example of what a "broadband nutrition label" would look like.
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The Biden administration wants to ban quit fees for cable customers

Nov 22, 2023
The move is part of the White House effort to get rid of “junk fees” for consumers. Cable TV is already struggling with defections.
Now that consumers can be more selective about the content they have access to through streaming, many have canceled their cable TV bundles.
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News and live sports have kept cable TV alive. That might not last much longer.

Aug 25, 2023
CNN and ESPN are looking at more streaming in their futures.
CNN is planning to stream its top shows in real time on Max, formerly known as HBO Max.
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Be prepared to navigate a maze to cancel that subscription

Jun 22, 2023
Behavioral economics helps explain why it's hard to unsubscribe.
The FTC alleges that Amazon intentionally complicated the cancellation process for Prime subscription service.
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If ESPN goes to streaming, what happens to cable?

May 19, 2023
Leaders at Disney, which owns ESPN, say it’s an inevitability that the cable channel will migrate to streaming. Such a move would shake up the cable industry.
The CEO of Disney, which owns ESPN, has called the migration of ESPN to streaming “an inevitability.” Above, ESPN College Gameday hosts in 2020.
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Cord-cutting options are getting closer to cable TV prices

Jul 3, 2020
YouTube TV now costs $65 a month, almost double its launch price just a few years ago.
The key feature for services like YouTube TV and FuboTV is live sports.
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Targeted ads aren't just online, they're on TV

Feb 19, 2019
How targeted ads have migrated to your television
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Why cutting the cord isn't so easy in the U.S.

TV has changed a lot, but cable has managed to stick around one way or another.
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Pay TV operators zero in on password sharing costs them billions in subscriptions

Dec 20, 2017
Company execs say free watching costs them billions of dollars in subscriptions.