40% of Consumers Likely To Cancel a ‘Costly’ Online Subscription: Survey

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

40% of Consumers Likely To Cancel a ‘Costly’ Online Subscription: Survey

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For years, online streaming services lured consumers as cheaper options to watch TV or listen to music. But a new survey suggests that many Americans will likely ditch a digital service this year because it’s too expensive.

Cost is the top reason why Americans are likely to cancel an online subscription for movies, music, news or other apps, according to a new survey commissioned by Los Angeles-based tech consultancy Concepts Rise. The findings come amid an increasingly crowded and competitive market for digital subscriptions, as well as the higher consumer prices Americans are now paying due to inflation.

In a survey of 1,054 U.S. adults conducted in mid-February, 40% said they are either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to cancel a paid subscription this year. Of that group, 43% said they would likely do so because the services are “too costly.” Other reasons included wanting to consolidate services (20%), the end of a promotional discount (18%) and a lack of quality media (13%).

Those figures could give pause to the likes of Netflix, which recently raised prices by as much as $2 per month for its video subscription plans. But Majid Abai, founder and CEO of Concepts Rise, said the streaming giant can probably get away with higher rates because of its superior user experience and pipeline of fresh content. It is “second-tier” rivals, with poorer navigation features and less new content on offer, who should be more hesitant about raising prices, he added.

“[Netflix is] definitely leading the pack on that standpoint, and therefore they get to raise the price,” Abai said of the company’s content offerings. “I think it's a big risk if the secondary tiers decided to [raise prices].”

Both Netflix and Spotify spooked investors earlier this year after each forecasted slowdowns in their subscriber growth this quarter. While it’s uncertain whether those low estimates are mere road bumps or harbingers of long-term decline, Abai said media companies must focus on retaining customers as their platforms mature and new subscription growth slows. He compared the digital subscription model to that of software-as-a-service (SaaS) firms, which often go through growth patterns but ultimately need to retain customers.

“Now it becomes a balancing act of really continuing to grow and reducing churn on the other side,” he said of streaming services.

Concepts Rise’s data indicates that consumers are still willing to sign up for a new service—if the price is right and the content is broad. When all survey participants were asked what would motivate them to subscribe to an online service, most of them (58%) said better pricing, followed by broader product offerings (22%).

The survey’s findings are consistent with other new data on video streaming habits. Subscription analytics firm Antenna released data last week showing that more consumers opted for cheaper, ad-supported subscriptions in 2021 than in previous years. Ad-supported plans accounted for 32% of all premium subscription video on demand sign-ups last year, compared to just 19% in 2020, Antenna said.

Fuel Innovation: 7 Unforgettable Team Building Experiences in LA
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In today's competitive business landscape, team building activities have emerged as a crucial tool for fostering a positive work environment, enhancing productivity, and crucially, improving employee retention. Studies have shown that such activities help employees feel valued, with one report indicating that 93% of those who felt appreciated were more motivated at work. Importantly, team building events may improve retention rates, as employees who feel connected to their colleagues and company culture are more likely to stay long-term. With these benefits in mind, let's explore some of the most engaging and effective team building activities available in Los Angeles.


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Pickleball is a fantastic team bonding activity because of the easy-to-grasp rules and gentle pace make it perfect for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. The game thrives on communication and teamwork, as players must collaborate and strategize to outplay their opponents, boosting team cohesion. Plus, the lively, fast-paced action sparks friendly competition and laughter, creating a fun and spirited atmosphere that brings everyone closer together. Los Angeles boasts numerous pickleball courts that are easy to rent if you have your own equipment. If you need additional assistance organizing your pickleball outing, there are plenty of full-service companies ready to handle every detail for you.

Resources: Pickle Pop, Corporate Pickle

Escape Room

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Escape rooms are a great way to build camaraderie. They require participants to work together, combining their problem-solving skills and creativity to overcome challenges and puzzles. The immersive and time-sensitive nature of escape rooms fosters collaboration and communication. Additionally, the shared experience of tackling complex tasks and reaching a common goal helps build trust and foster positive emotions among colleagues.

Resources: The Escape Game, 60Out

Day Trip to Catalina Island

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Catalina Island is a perfect day trip for a team because it provides a break from the usual work environment, allowing team members to relax and connect in a new setting. Shared experiences during the trip, such as exploring new places and participating in fun activities, help build stronger relationships and foster a sense of camaraderie. There are numerous team-building activities such as an arboreal obstacle course, an island tour, scavenger hunts and more.

Resources: Catalina Island Group Activities

Top Golf

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Topgolf is an excellent team building event because it provides an inclusive, relaxed atmosphere that accommodates players of all skill levels, fostering personal connections and improving team morale. The unique blend of competition and entertainment creates an ideal setting for building trust, enhancing communication, and revealing hidden skills among team members. Additionally, Topgolf offers structured team building packages with guided activities, discussion prompts, and lessons on culture, change, collaboration, and strategy, making it a versatile and effective platform for strengthening relationships and boosting overall team performance.

Resources: Topgolf El Segundo

SoFi Stadium Tour

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A SoFi Stadium tour offers a unique, behind-the-scenes experience of one of the world's most advanced sports venues, allowing team members to explore exclusive areas like premium suites, team locker rooms, and the player tunnel together. The tour provides a shared, memorable experience that can foster camaraderie and spark conversations among team members, regardless of their interest in sports. Additionally, the stadium's state-of-the-art features and impressive architecture can inspire creativity and innovation, while the group setting encourages interaction and collaboration, making it an engaging and enjoyable activity for teams of various sizes and backgrounds

Resources: SoFi Stadium Group Tours

Corporate Volunteering

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Volunteer work serves as an excellent team building activity by uniting employees around a shared, meaningful cause, fostering a sense of purpose and collective accomplishment. It provides opportunities for team members to collaborate in new ways, often revealing hidden strengths and leadership qualities that may not be apparent in the regular work environment. Additionally, engaging in community service can boost morale, enhance the company's reputation, and instill a sense of pride among employees, leading to improved workplace relationships and increased job satisfaction.

Resources: Habitat for Humanity, L.A. Works, VolunteerMatch

Corporate Improv Sessions

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A corporate improv class encourages spontaneity, creativity, and quick thinking, skills that are valuable in the workplace. It promotes active listening and collaboration, as participants must work together to create scenes and respond to unexpected situations, fostering better communication and trust among team members. Additionally, the playful and often humorous nature of improv helps break down barriers, reduces stress, and creates a shared positive experience that can improve team morale and cohesion long after the event.

Resources: Improv-LA, Groundlings, Improv for the People

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Paramount and Skydance Media have rekindled talks to merge after negotiations abruptly halted in June. The proposed deal, contingent on approval from Paramount’s board, aims to combine Paramount’s extensive media holdings—including CBS, MTV, and Nickelodeon—with Skydance’s film expertise showcased in hits like "Top Gun: Maverick." This merger signals a potential transformation in the media landscape, positioning the new entity to compete more effectively amid challenges from streaming services and the decline of traditional cable TV.

Led by Shari Redstone, Paramount’s controlling shareholder via National Amusements, the deal represents a pivot towards revitalizing Paramount’s strategic direction amidst financial struggles and shareholder concerns. The involvement of major investors like RedBird Capital Partners and David Ellison underscores the financial backing aimed at stabilizing Paramount’s operations and addressing its $14 billion debt burden. Importantly, the agreement includes provisions to protect National Amusements from potential legal challenges, addressing previous hurdles that stalled earlier negotiations.

The deal also includes a 45-day period for Paramount to explore alternative offers, highlighting continued interest from other potential buyers like Barry Diller’s IAC and media executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. This flurry of activity underscores the significant stakeholders’ interest in Paramount’s future and its potential as a key player in a rapidly evolving media industry.

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