One other notable tidbit from the report: While Disney Plus is already a hit, the much-hyped “Disney bundle” of Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $13 per month isn’t doing nearly as well. MoffettNathanson and HarrisX found that only 6% of Disney Plus subscribers are bundling all three services together. Given that Hulu has offered lots of discounted subscriptions and Spotify bundles over the past couple of years, Disney Plus subscribers may not be seeing the value of ESPN’s cable channel leftovers just yet. … [Read more...] about Good job, cable! Your insane prices sent more cord cutters to Disney Plus
The question is: can the challengers outside the top-three finally make a dent at this year’s AO? So far, they have demonstrated promise, but little else. Ranked No. 4, Daniil Medvedev of Russia has won seven titles in the past two years. Yet, his sole appearance in a final of a grand slam was in last year’s US Open, where he lost to Nadal. Austrian Dominic Thiem, ranked No. five, won eight titles in the past two years. Of course, his best showing has been qualifying for just two slams’ finals. Stefanos Tsitsipas, ranked no. six in the world, has won four titles and finished runners-up in five tournaments in the past two years. But apart from his sole semi-final appearance at last year’s Australian Open, his grand slam performance has been mediocre. And despite five titles in the past two years, Alexander Zverev (who also won the juniors event at AO in 2014) hasn’t gone beyond the quarter-finals in a grand slam event. “The top 3 guys just know how to … [Read more...] about Australian Open: Serena’s record pursuit and an aging Federer’s search for crowning glory
Hulu, whose streaming service of TV, movies, and originals has 12 million U.S. subscribers (compared with Netflix’s 54 million), is charging into the most exciting—and daunting—new frontier in the multibillion-dollar entertainment business: the effort to save cable TV before it collapses under its own bloat. Twenty percent of U.S. households are now cable-free, and “skinny bundles”—as the industry unfortunately calls them—attempt to offer people who gave up on cable (“cord cutters”) or have avoided it altogether (“cord nevers”) an alternative. AT&T’s new DirecTV Now service, which launched last November, notched 200,000 subscribers in its first month alone, and critics have lauded Sony’s PlayStation Vue for letting users stream to more than one device at a time. But this nascent category is suffering from growing pains. Each service more or less offers the same broadcast and cable networks, making it … [Read more...] about Can Hulu Reprogram The Way We Watch TV?