In our last article, we talked about a neat trick called ‘churn‘ to dodge rising streaming costs and keep more money in your pocket.
But here’s the catch: Streaming providers know about this, and they’re trying hard to stop it.
So, there’s a chance they might come up with a new way to charge you in the future.
Right now, most of them use a simple system: you pay a fixed monthly fee for unlimited access to all their shows and movies.
This way has its perks – it’s easy to understand, you always know what you’re paying, and it keeps customers loyal. But there are downsides, too.
It might mean they’re missing out on some money, turning away potential customers, and facing more competition.
However, streaming services might want to think about trying different ways to charge you, like:
- Pay as You Go: They could charge you based on how much you watch. For example, you might pay for every hour you spend watching, each show you see, or the type of content you’re into. This could attract people who are careful with their money, watch less often, or have specific tastes. It might also help them make more money from people who watch a lot and are willing to pay more.
- Pick Your Plan: They could offer different plans with different stuff. A basic plan might have ads and limited shows, a better plan could be ad-free with more content, and a deluxe plan might include exclusive shows and extra perks. This way, people can choose what suits them best, and it could set them apart from other services.
- Mix and Match: They could mix things up, giving you a base plan with a fixed monthly fee and a set number of hours to watch. If you want more, you pay extra. This could work for people who want a bit of both worlds, aren’t sure how much they’ll watch, or want more control. It helps them balance the good parts of the fixed fee and pay-as-you-go ways and make more money.
These are just a few ideas streaming services might try soon.
Each way has its good and bad sides, and they’ll have to test them to see what works best for customers.
But if they get creative with how they charge you, it could make them stand out, make you happier, and make them more money.