Video platform subscription cost comparison and increases in the past year
Netflix $13.99 (+$2)
You Tube TV $40 (+$5)
Sling TV $25 (+$5).
Direc TV NOW $40 (+$5)
Sony PS Vue $40 (+$5)
Blue-Collar Workers Get a Perk: Signing Bonuses
The world of signing bonuses isn’t historically synonymous with blue-collar work, but the tight labor market
is changing that.
The Washington Post reports that BNSF Railway, looking to hire 3,500 workers, is offering signing bonuses
of as much as $25,000 for hourly workers. The railroad wouldn’t specify where in the United States it faces
the biggest struggle to find workers, but the Post noted that Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and North Dakota have
jobless rates below the national average.
The report also said other blue-collar industries, such as construction and security, are offering bonuses
to new employees. “The trend could pull more workers from major cities to smaller job markets, where wages
have historically been lower and housing is cheaper,” wrote Danielle Paquette. “Think: Nebraska, Indiana, Iowa—
states with larger blue-collar communities.” l Source: washingtonpost.com
The Netflix Surge Continues
We all know Netflix is popular. But it’s most popular with millennials, according to a May 2018 survey of 2,500 adults
from Cowen & Co. Almost 40% of 18–34-year-olds prefer
Netflix as their video platform—more than twice the level of
those who favor You Tube (17%) and even further ahead of
basic cable ( 12.6%). Broadcast TV ( 7.5%) brings up the rear,
behind Hulu ( 7.6%) for that age bracket.
Among those of all ages who subscribe to a pay-TV service, basic cable was the preferred choice at 26%, but Netflix
is nipping at its heels (24%), ahead of broadcast TV (19%).
l Source: variety.com
PREFERRED VIDEO PLATFORM, 18-34 YR OLDS
Consumers are paying more for
the digital content bundles as
those packages grow in popularity. Once thought to be an affordable, streamlined alternative to
traditional video offerings from
broadband providers, these content bundles haven’t proven
immune to the cost hikes that
prompted consumers to look for
other ways to receive their video
content. l Source: axios.com