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From Cord to Stream

It's a familiar story: for the last decade or so, cable and satellite TV providers have been losing subscribers, as "cord cutters" shift their spending from traditional TV to on-demand streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. But is that really what's happening? We used our panel of over 3 million credit and debit cards to find out. We compared three groups of customers: "Cord cutters": those who were cable/satellite customers in the first half of 2016 (spent $300 or more) and then stopped being cable/satellite customers in the second half of 2016 (spent $100 or less)…

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Is Netflix Killing the Movie Theater?

With the proliferation of smart TVs and fast home internet connections, video streaming services experienced rapid growth over the last few years. TXN consumer spending data from a panel of over 3MM credit card accounts shows that over the past 12 months, the number of people who pay for Netflix grew by 71%, Hulu by 86% and Amazon Video by 67%: More recently, video streaming companies are making a push into purchasing and producing movies exclusively available on their services, bypassing the movie theater altogether. This has the movie theater industry worried they might lose their busin…

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