Headline, February 18 2019/ '' ' DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION DIGRESS ' ''



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THE WORLD'S SPENDING ON DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS is likely to only rise as more our possessions become connected to the Internet, like our :

Television sets, home security systems and cars. At the same time, it will become harder and harder to keep track of all of the services you pay for.

ONLINE subscriptions sure sound cheap, but what do a few bucks a month to watch TV show, store photos online and stream music add up to? Quite a lot, it turns out.

In 2010, in US, the users, each, spent $640 on digital subscriptions like streaming video and music services, cloud storage, dating apps, and online productivity tools, according to an analysis for ''The New York Times by Mint, the online budgeting tool owned by Intuit, using data from million of its users. That was up about 7 percent from $598 in 2017.

THE US users increased their spending the most last year on streaming TV services, paying $170 to subscribe to the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV Plus.

While that was far cheaper than most traditional cable TV packages, which cost roughly $1,200 a year, it was up 30 percent from the $130 they spent on streaming TV services in 2017.

Just ask Josue Rogas, an artist who runs a nonprofit in San Francisco. He said he paid for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify and Apple's iCloud storage service.

All told, his annual cost is roughly $410, which is below what the average consumer spends.

But Mr. Rojas occasionally loses track of the spending. Last year, he and his wife subscribed to the CBS. All Access streaming app to watch the Grammys. After the ceremony concluded, the people forget to cancel the $6 subscription for several months.

''Coming home from work and essentially needing a spreadsheet to keep track of all the these different subscriptions can be pretty overbearing very quickly,'' Mr. Rogas said.

Kevin Westcott, a vice chairman for the research and consulting firm Deloitte, who led a study on digital media trends, said the No.1 reason that people subscribed to a streaming service was to watch exclusive content - including original TV shows like HBO's ''Watchmen'' or ''The Mandalorian'' on Disney Plus.

''The question that arises is, once you've watched that series, do you continue to use it?'' Mr. Westcott said. ''Is there enough of a library that keeps you engaged? Otherwise, it becomes a subscription you have that you haven't used.'' 

Plenty of us have fallen into this trap. It's wise to regularly audit our subscriptions and prime the ones we no longer need.

Here, however, are some tips:

.- Cancel Ahead Of Time.
.-  Audit Your Selections.

Many wait until the last minute to cancel a subscription, but there is generally no  drawbacks to ending payments ahead of time.

Let's say Netflix bills you on the 28th of each month. If you decided on Feb 5 that it was time to cancel, you would still be able to use Netflix until Feb. 28. There is a benefit to waiting until Feb 27 to end the subscription.

With some forethought, you can become savvy about managing your active subscriptions. For example, if there is a six-episode TV show on Disney Plus once a week, you can set a calender reminder to cancel subscription a few weeks before the show ends its run.

If the calendar alert appears and you realize there is still something you want to watch on Disney Plus, you can continue paying and reschedule the calendar reminder to appear again a month later.

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