Weekly survey: Is inflation making you rethink all your streaming subscriptions?

I did a double-take when I drove past my local gas station over the weekend. “It’s HOW MUCH a litre now?” When I arrived at the grocery store, I saw that beef had gone up again. In fact, almost everything was more expensive.

Later, I was going through my credit card statements, and I paused over a bunch of charges for subscription streaming services (most of which were acquired during the COVID lockdowns), noting that some of them had increased. I have a BritBox subscription, but I’ll be damned if I can find it anywhere on my TV; it seems to have disappeared from all my screens.

In light of inflation, higher interest rates, and everything else going on, do I really need all of these subs?

This is the concern of all the streaming providers, from Spotify to Netflix to Discovery+ to…whatever else you’re paying for. Are you thinking about trimming the number of subs you have?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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