Netflix launched its streaming video service 12 years ago, forever changing the way many of us watch TV. The cost for Netflix's all-you-can-stream subscriptions has gone up over the years, and it's time for another price hike. All three tiers of Netflix service are going up, but T-Mobile has your back (for now). The most popular Netflix plan is also the one getting the largest percentage increase. The two-screen HD plan is going up to $13 from $11. The basic single-screen SD plan has remained at $8 through past price hikes, but this time it's going up to $9. The premium three-screen 4K/HDR plan will be $16, up from $14. T-Mobile CEO John Legere says the carrier will continue offering free Netflix for those on eligible plans. T-Mobile will evaluate the long-term impact of the pricing changes and will have more info in May. Netflix will start charging the increased rates immediately for new subscribers. Existing accounts won't see any price increase right away. Everyone should be moved … [Read more...] about Netflix is bumping prices on all streaming plans
Cryptocurrencies ... is there light at the end of tunnel for investors or has bubble burst? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Ayear ago, Bitcoin was trading at €16,000. Today, it's €3,600. So was it all just a bubble? Yes, say some. No, say others. "Demand has fallen, no question," says Peter Nagle, the co-founder of the Cork-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitcove.ie. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/money/cryptocurrencies-is-there-light-at-the-end-of-tunnel-for-investors-or-has-bubble-burst-37710444.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37711729.ece/daa78/AUTOCROP/h342/weckler_jan_10-2.jpg Email Ayear ago, Bitcoin was trading at €16,000. Today, it's €3,600. So was it all just a bubble? Yes, say some. No, say others. "Demand has fallen, no question," says Peter Nagle, the co-founder of the Cork-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitcove.ie. "There was an element of a bubble involved. But while there's been a big drop in … [Read more...] about Cryptocurrencies … is there light at the end of tunnel for investors or has bubble burst?
Transferwise, the cross-border payments unicorn, has announced it’s in the process of applying for a Belgian license, in order to ensure a continuity of service to its European customers in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The company also plans to open an office in the Belgian capital, although has pledged to keep its London office open, where it employs over 200 people. In a statement, TransferWise’s CEO and co-founder, Kristo Käärmann, said: “Brussels is at the heart of all EU affairs, so establishing an office in the city makes great sense for us. The National Bank of Belgium impressed us with its understanding of the payments sector and openness to innovation, while at the same time being a strong and trusted regulator. We’re keen to build a similarly productive relationship with the NBB to the one we already have with the UK’s FCA.” Do you like good gadgets? Those sweet cool gadgets? Oh, yeah Speaking to TNW, a TransferWise … [Read more...] about TransferWise applies for Belgian license amid Brexit fears
Smart home devices are basically everywhere now, but some people are still holding out on inviting internet-connected appliances into their home. So what would finally get them to adopt the Internet of Things? Well, saving some money would help. That’s the primary area of interest for households that don’t currently have a smart home device, according to a recent survey conducted by Parks Associates. The study focused on households in the United States that have a broadband internet connection but haven’t purchased an internet-connected appliance yet. Of those surveyed, 60 percent said they would consider purchasing a smart home device if it could help them save money in the long term. Seeing as most smart home devices come with a steeper price tag up front, the devices will have to do things like cut down on the electricity bill or save money in other ways. Another 55 percent of people would be more interested in smart home devices if the initial cost of investment … [Read more...] about What do people who don’t have smart home products want from them? Savings
It was better to be a saver than an investor in 2018. Returns on cash savings accounts increased markedly, building on improvements last year and the year before, but the London stock market slumped and stands barely higher than it was two decades ago. Meanwhile, those adventurous souls who bet on cryptocurrencies lost heavily this year. However, we were largely spared tax rises in 2018 and, indeed, many people will benefit from the Chancellor’s largesse this year come April 2019. Savers have seen many rates improve. A one-year bond paid 1.77pc on Jan 1 but now pays 2.04pc. This is a 15pc improvement (figures are from Savings Champion, which collects rate data, and are an average of the top five... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Winners and losers of 2018: the year when savers got the better of investors