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Disney Plus Bundle: How to save over 40%

The Disney Plus Bundle with Hulu and ESPN Plus gives members a big discount. Duo bundles start at $10/month, and Trio bundles start at $15/month. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreDisney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus are available in a discounted bundle.Hulu; Disney+; ESPN+Disney Plus is among the best streaming services you can sign up for, hosting popular brands like Marvel, Pixar, and "Star Wars." Subscribers can watch original series like "Loki" and "Ahsoka," along with classic movies from Disney's vault, animated Pixar features, and holiday specials. But Disney Plus isn't the studio's only streaming platform. ESPN Plus and Hulu are also owned by Disney, and all three services can be packaged together as part of the Disney Plus Bundle for one discounted price.The Disney Bundle can save you more than 40% compared to the regular combined cost of all three subscriptions. And together, the three services give members a more versatile assortment of programs to watch, helping to fill in some of Disney Plus' gaps in mature content and sports. Hulu supplements Disney Plus with lots of network series and shows geared toward adults, like "The Bear," "Only Murders in the Building" and "The Handmaid's Tale." Meanwhile, ESPN Plus adds live NFL, MLB, and NHL games, along with other sports. Subscribers can also watch UFC matches and can buy exclusive PPV fights.If you're thinking about signing up for the Disney Plus Bundle, we're here to help answer all your questions about pricing, plans, and deals. Here's everything you need to know about all of the Disney Bundle options.How much does the Disney Plus Bundle cost?The Disney Plus Bundle is available in four different packages, with Duo prices starting at $10 a month and Trio prices starting at $15 a month. Here's a full breakdown of Disney Plus Bundle pricesDisney Bundle planPriceDuo Basic: Disney Plus (Ads) and Hulu (Ads)$10/monthDuo Premium: Disney Plus (No Ads) and Hulu (No Ads)$20/monthTrio Basic: Disney Plus (Ads), Hulu (Ads), and ESPN Plus$15/monthTrio Premium: Disney Plus (No Ads), Hulu (No Ads), and ESPN Plus$25/monthHow to sign up for the Disney Plus BundleIf you live in the US, signing up for the Disney Plus Bundle with Hulu and ESPN Plus is as simple as visiting the Disney Plus website and selecting the plan you want. After entering your email address and payment information, you'll be able to activate your account on each service. You can use the same account information across each platform, but you will need to access each service's app separately.Can I get the Disney Bundle for free?Though Verizon previously offered free access to the Disney Bundle with its 5G Play More Unlimited and 5G Get More Unlimited phone plans, this promotion is no longer active for new members. We'll update this section if a new deal becomes available.Can current subscribers upgrade to the Disney Bundle?Yes, current subscribers to Disney Plus, Hulu, or ESPN Plus can upgrade any of their existing subscriptions to the bundle. You just need to sign up for the Disney Bundle using the same email address you have on file for your current membership. Disney will then adjust the bundle cost to account for your existing subscription fees.Keep in mind, however, members who have existing subscriptions through special promotions — like Spotify's Student Plan with Hulu and Showtime — are not eligible for an upgrade to the bundle. Can I watch Disney Plus and Hulu content in the same app?In the US, Disney Plus and Hulu programs are currently only available through their respective apps, which means people who subscribe to the Disney Bundle still need to switch between apps in order to access each platform's library. But according to Disney CEO Bob Iger, this limitation is set to change before the end of the year.As detailed in the studio's Q4 2023 earnings call, Iger plans to combine Hulu and Disney Plus content into a "one app experience." This means bundle subscribers won't have to use two different apps to watch their favorite Disney Plus and Hulu titles. That said, users will still need to pay for both services, either as standalone subscriptions or through one of the Disney Bundles.Does Hulu + Live TV include the Disney Bundle?Hulu + Live TV plans come with Disney Plus and ESPN Plus automatically. Hulu + Live TV subscribers don't have to pay extra or adjust any options in order to get the bundle. The service also lets you stream more than 90 live TV channels.Hulu + Live TV plans cost $77 a month for ad-supported on-demand streaming, or $90 a month for ad-free on-demand streaming. To sign up for the Disney bundle with Hulu + Live TV you simply need to visit the Hulu + Live TV page.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytDec 1st, 2023

My family was drowning in subscriptions. Here is how we got it under control and saved about $190 a month.

My family of four is saving about $190 a month by managing our app subscriptions. Here are the 6 steps we took to rein in our monthly costs. The author.Cork Gaines/Business InsiderDespite a thriving US economy, many Americans feel it is worse than the reality.For my family, the perception shift can be attributed to the rise in our monthly app subscriptions.We came up with a plan to get our subscriptions under control and save hundreds of dollars.There are several reasons to think the US economy is thriving, yet many Americans still feel it is much worse than the reality.Until recently, my family of four felt bad about the economy despite the good signals. Then we sat down, got better control of our budget, and realized how much our household economy had changed in 15 years. Specifically, what felt like an endless supply of monthly app subscriptions that didn't exist in the 2000s.We had everything from a food delivery app to a habit tracker app. As a family, we had about 20 apps and streaming services with subscriptions that made it easy to forget how much we were spending each month.But we aren't alone. A 2022 study showed consumers underestimated app subscription costs by $133 a month.Our subscriptions needed an intervention. Here are the six steps we used to get out of subscription hell and cut our expenses by about $190 a month. 1. Track everythingAn example of a YNAB budgetYNABOur family now tracks every expense and keeps a budget in the YNAB app. This is a great app if you are ready to go all the way with budgeting, but other apps out there have an easier learning curve if you are just getting started or just want to track your expenses.The key to success for us was tracking every dollar spent. Seeing where our money went gave us a better idea of how much was wasted each month on apps we didn't need or rarely used, helping us save hundreds every month.2. Categorize all your subscriptionsOur Peloton subscription passed a key test.PelotonWe broke all our subscriptions into three categories: needs, wants, and why are we still paying for this?For something to be a need, it had to either make us happier, healthier, or wealthier. For example, watching sports makes me happy, so ESPN+ — which costs $11 a month — is in. The Peloton app — which costs $48 a month — makes us physically and mentally healthier, so it is a need. We also kept the YNAB app — which costs $99 a year — because the amount of money it saves us makes up for the price.Netflix — which starts at $7 a month — is a good example of one of our wants. We watch Netflix sometimes, but some months go by without it being used. So this is a subscription that we will pause for a while and then pick back up for a month or two and then pause again. We were surprised by how often we went five or six months without needing to see anything on certain streaming services.When it comes to the last category, it can be annoying to cancel unwanted subscriptions, but many companies are making it easier.3. Avoid annual subscriptions, if possibleAn annual subscription can save you 20% on HBO Max, but only if you use it all the time.HBO MaxAnnual subscriptions are enticing because they cost less in the long run, but there is a reason for that — the companies want to lock you in long-term.The problem with annual subscriptions is that you lose flexibility and control, and that is the key to saving the most money, in my experience.If you can stay disciplined and review your monthly subscriptions every month or two and pause or cancel the ones you don't need, it usually only takes a couple of months with the subscription off to save money over the annual price.Of course, there are exceptions. I have journaling, exercise, and banking apps I use every day without fail. In those cases, it does make sense to go with the annual plans. In addition, there are occasionally annual deals that are just too good to pass up. For example, the Paramount+ Cyber Monday deal offered an annual subscription for $24 or $2 a month. It would take just four months to pay the same amount under the monthly $6 plan.4. Avoid bundlesConsider how often you need all the apps before signing up for a bundle.Disney+Avoiding bundles is another strategy that keeps your subscriptions flexible.For example, I use ESPN+ almost daily and Disney+ occasionally. If you subscribe to those apps separately, it would cost $19 a month. It might seem like a good deal to get the bundle at $15 a month, which also comes with Hulu.However, we never use Hulu, and the bundle takes away our flexibility to turn off Disney+ for those stretches of months when there is nothing on there we want to watch.The bundle would have cost us $180 in 2023. Instead, we kept ESPN+ all year and used Disney+ for two months which cost $148, a savings of $32. Not the biggest savings in the world, but it adds up.5. Always cancel your subscriptions immediately, even if you plan to keep itApple iOS subscriptions page.Cork GainesI also suggest canceling any subscription you buy. That helps control your spending as you decide when — and if — you will renew the subscription. This is also key for those free trials, which often come with automatic subscriptions when the trial ends.You will be amazed at how often you can go weeks or months without using the app.6. Don't assume the "deal" you are being offered is the best one availableThe subscriptions being offered can vary and can be found in the settings.Cork GainesOn Apple iOS devices, there is a subscription trick for finding the best deal for an app.The key here is to cancel the subscription. After that, go into the subscription section under settings. Here you will find every app you have or had a subscription with.Click on the app, and on the next page, there is an option to "see all plans." Here, the app must list all its available subscriptions, not just those advertised.Some offers can vary widely, but we've found a better deal roughly 50% of the time.Getting our subscriptions under control was a bit overwhelming at first, and still takes a little leg work every month to keep on top of them. But the savings is worth the effort.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderFeb 23rd, 2024

Unlimited drink packages on cruises aren"t always a great deal. After 50+ voyages, I know better than to buy them.

As someone who's been on over 50 cruises, I never buy onboard beverage packages. They're usually expensive, and I have a hard time breaking even. I went on a seven-night cruise aboard the Symphony of the Seas, a ship in Royal Caribbean's fleet, and tracked what I spent on drinks.Amanda Adler I've been on over 50 cruises and almost never spring for the onboard unlimited drink packages.  On a recent sail, I compared the cost of my à la carte drinks to the prices of the drink bundles.  I drank as much as I wanted and still saved over $200 by paying for each drink individually.  When I'm on vacation, I enjoy imbibing cocktails by the pool, sipping wine with dinner, and savoring evening nightcaps. But after sailing on more than 50 cruises, you'll never see me spend money on an unlimited drink package. Many of them don't end up being economical, even for someone like me, who likes to have at least a couple of drinks each day. So, on a trip aboard Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, I logged all of the à la carte beverages my three-person family ordered on the ship to see how the overall cost compared to the drink-package prices. Royal Caribbean has several drink-package options that include both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.The top-tier drink package includes unlimited alcoholic beverages at the ship’s many bars.Amanda AdlerAfter booking my cruise, Royal Caribbean gave me an opportunity to purchase one of its unlimited beverage packages ahead of the voyage. Prices varied based on promotions, but the lowest ones I saw leading up to the trip were as follows:The classic soda package was discounted to $13 a person each day. This bundle includes unlimited soft drinks.The refreshment package was discounted to $20 a person each day. It covers soft drinks, coffees, teas, smoothies, and other nonalcoholic beverages.The deluxe package was discounted to $78 a person each day. This option includes soda, other nonalcoholic beverages, and alcoholic drinks that cost up to $14 in price.However, these packages come with some caveats.Usually, if one person buys a drink package, everyone else in their stateroom has to as well. Plus, the package's listed price typically doesn't include gratuity.Royal Caribbean has robot bartenders, and they charged an automatic gratuity fee during our trip.Amanda AdlerCruise lines don't want a passenger to pay for an unlimited drink package and use it to order beverages for all the other members of their party, so some take an all-or-nothing approach.Policies vary by company, but if one person in a Royal Caribbean stateroom purchases a deluxe package, the cruise line requires other passengers staying in that room who are 21 and older to get one as well. My family would need to purchase two deluxe packages for me and my partner, two wine-loving adults, and one soda or refreshment package for my young son.Plus, we'd have to factor in tips and gratuities, which aren't always included in the price of the package. Even if you splurge on the deluxe bundle, it's common to tip extra on board.Doing the math using the discounted package prices, the three bundles would add over $1,000 (plus gratuities) to the cost of our seven-night sail. I opted not to purchase any drink packages. Instead, we paid for our drinks à la carte.If you don't buy a package ahead of time, you can buy one on the ship. Just know that it'll probably cost you more money.The packages were cheaper ahead of embarkation.Amanda AdlerDuring the first few days of the trip, the bartenders kept encouraging me to buy the drink package, pushing hard for this upsell. Many gave me a spiel about how it would save me money, but it's worth noting that the drink packages were more expensive to buy on the ship than they were before boarding.The price for the discounted deluxe package climbed from $78 to $98 a person each day when we stepped on the ship.I brought my own wine on the ship and found several ways to cut down on drinking costs.Free beverages included coffee, tea, flavored waters, and more.Amanda AdlerI'm not a big soda drinker, but I do love coffee and tea. I found the cruise offered plenty of complimentary nonalcoholic beverages, including a variety of flavored waters. Each guest of legal drinking age can bring one sealed bottle of wine or champagne on the Royal Caribbean ship, so I brought two bottles of wine (one for me, one for my husband). Passengers can also bring a maximum of 12 bottles of nonalcoholic beverages at embarkation, so I packed Gatorade for my son.Not too long into the trip, I realized that I could order orange juice through the complimentary morning room service and mix it with the sparkling wine I brought to make mimosas. As a repeat Royal Caribbean cruiser, I also had several coupons that allowed me to purchase half-priced drinks, which cut down my expenses even further.I would've had to drink about eight beers a day to break even on this ship's deluxe package.The best value on the ship was this pitcher of beer, which cost $18.Amanda AdlerBeer drinkers have to order a lot to break even on the deluxe package.A single beer on the Symphony of the Seas was about $8, and a 60-ounce pitcher cost about $18. With the deluxe package, I'd have to drink at least eight beers every single day to break even, making the bundle a bad idea for cruisers who are only looking to sip on a couple of brews.The Starbucks kiosk on the Symphony of the Seas wasn't covered by the deluxe package, which surprised me.Specialty coffees from the Starbucks kiosk cost extra and were not covered by any drink package.Amanda AdlerI enjoy drinking specialty coffees, which some beverage packages don't cover. The one on the Symphony of the Seas didn't include beverages from the Starbucks kiosk on board. During my trip, the Starbucks was often empty. I reasoned that a lot of the people who bought drink packages probably didn't want to spend even more money, so they waited in long lines at the café serving coffee that was included in the price.Waiting in line for my morning cup didn't sound fun, so I chose the shorter line at Starbucks for an à la carte coffee instead. The best part was that I didn't have to feel guilty for paying for both a drink package and a specialty coffee. Most drink packages also don't include beverages in ports of call either (one exception: some packages cover drinks at cruise lines' private islands). If I'm going on a port-heavy cruise where I'll be spending a lot of time off the ship, I'm even less tempted to splurge on one of these packages. The drink package does have some pros, as it allows for a more carefree ordering experience.I ordered a mudslide on the Symphony of the Seas and quickly realized I didn't like it.Amanda AdlerThe main appeal of drink packages, in my opinion, is convenience and ease. They allow you to order whatever your heart desires without worrying about the cost. After all, you've already paid for it! On the Symphony of the Seas, I ordered a mudslide, a cocktail with vodka, coffee liqueur, and Bailey's Irish cream. I took a sip and realized I didn't care for it, but I'd already shelled out money for it so I didn't want to waste it.And after my husband spilled his margarita shortly after he got it, I definitely understood the appeal of simply ordering a new drink without feeling guilty about spending more money.However, I saved a lot of money by not purchasing the drink package, and I wasn't tempted to drink an excessive amount.I tallied up my drinks during a recent cruise and spent less than I would've on a deluxe drink package.Amanda AdlerI spent $331 on à la carte drinks for myself throughout my seven-day sail. To be fair, that total includes several Starbucks beverages that wouldn't have been covered by any of the drink packages.I paid $215 less than I would've if I bought the deluxe drink package prior to sailing, and $355 less than I would've if I bought it on the ship.The most I shelled out on drinks in one day was $56, which included a specialty coffee, a beer, and three cocktails. My husband, who doesn't drink specialty coffees and mostly had beer, spent even less than I did on drinks, which confirmed my belief that these drink packages aren't worth it for my family.That doesn't mean the drink packages aren't great for others — just check the package details before booking, tally up how much you want to drink each day, and make sure you'll get a good value.Could I have drank more if I tried? Probably. And if I had an unlimited drink package, I might've been tempted to try to get my money's worth. I don't think I would've enjoyed doing that.I didn't hold back on what I drank, and my consumption still felt pretty indulgent. So on future sailings, I'll continue to skip this upgrade.This story was originally published on June 23, 2023, and most recently updated on February 21, 2024.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: personnelSource: nytFeb 21st, 2024

The 26 best T-shirts for men in 2024, tested and reviewed

From classic crewnecks to v-necks, the best T-shirts for men come from brands like Mott and Bow, Buck Mason, and more. Here are our top picks. When you buy through our links, Business Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreHNLY/Cuts ClothingT-shirts are quintessential for any wardrobe. They're a classic top on their own, but are also useful for layering looks, exercising in, or stocking up on with a multipack. For this guide I've selected the very best T-shirts for men, including those from the many brands I've personally tested or bought over the years. My top pick is the ultra-comfortable Mott and Bow Classic Crew Driggs Tee, which I've worn for years on a regular basis, and still fits like new. For an affordable option to replace all your T-shirts, I recommend the Fresh Clean Threads Best Sellers 10 Pack.It's worth noting that while all the T-shirts listed below are in men's sizing, they can suit anyone. Men's T-shirts tend to be boxier, broader, and longer than tees made for women. If you're looking for a simple tee that's shorter and more fitted, check out our guide to the best women's white T-shirts.Learn more about how Insider Reviews tests and researches style products.Our top picks of the best T-shirts for men:Best overall: Mott and Bow Classic Crew Driggs Tee - See at Mott & BowOne of the brand's most popular styles for its super soft prewashed cotton blend that's perfectly between relaxed and fitted. Best heavyweight: Buck Mason Field-Spec Cotton Heavy Tee - See at Buck MasonMakes a great base layer during transitional weather for keeping warm beneath flannels and jackets.Best budget pack: Fresh Clean Threads - See at Fresh Clean ThreadsBuild your perfect bundle of the brand's best-selling T-shirts, including extended big and tall sizes. Best black: Unbound Merino Crew Neck T-shirt - See at Unbound MerinoA classic black T-shirt made with moisture-wicking Merino wool for comfortably dry wear all day long.Best cotton: The Everlane Organic Cotton Crew Uniform - See at EverlaneThis tee is made with durable, 100% organic cotton that's a step above your average plain tee.Best V-neck: True Classic V- Neck - See at True ClassicThis soft cotton tee has a V-cut neckline that gives off a subtle flattering effect for your build. Best athletic/workout: Rhone Reign Short Sleeve Top - See at RhoneThis sweat-wicking style is soft, breathable, and offers UPF 50+ protection for staying comfortably cool no matter what your routine.Best striped: Alex Crane Sun Tee - See at Alex CraneChannel your own nautical style with this lightweight European linen shirt, grown from sustainably sourced flax.Best athletic fit: Public Rec Go-To Tee - See at Public RecA top performance-worthy tee tested by our men's style editor, with a cut that's slim but not too clingy. Best budget: Uniqlo Dry Crew Neck Short-Sleeve Color T-Shirt - See at UniqloA reliable crew neck that's pre-shrunk and outfitted with drying technology, all at an unbeatable price. Best undershirt: Mack Weldon 18-Hour Tank - See at Mack WeldonThis soft undershirt has a long hem designed to stay tucked in and a low neckline to be worn out-of-sight under collared shirts.Best fitted: Tommy John Second Skin Crewneck Undershirt - See at Tommy JohnWear a shirt that feels like next-to-nothing in a form-fitting silhouette, made with Modal cotton that won't pill in the wash. Best overall: Mott and Bow Classic Crew Driggs TeeKara ThurmondLike Mott & Bow's jeans, the brand's tees are exceptionally soft, hang beautifully, and are built to last. You're probably more familiar with Mott & Bow for its ridiculously comfortable jeans, but the brand also makes just as soft and supple T-shirts for men. The Driggs Classic Crew is one of its best sellers for good reason. Made from 100% Peruvian cotton, they have a sensuous hand feel and hang really nicely (not too tight, not too boxy). The Driggs, made in Peru, comes in 21 colors and the brand loves to throw more colors into the rotation pretty regularly. I've had several of the Driggs Tees for more than a year, and wear them all the time. I've run them through many wash cycles and they're still looking fresh with no fading, pilling, or loose threads. If you follow the washing/drying instructions, they'll last a long time. You can save a few bucks if you bundle them as well (3 and 6 packs are available). Read more about our experience with the brand in our full Mott & Bow jeans review.Best cotton: The Everlane Organic Cotton Crew UniformEverlaneEverlane's Organic Cotton Crew tee is sustainably made, soft, sturdy, and comes in more than a dozen colorways. Everlane's Organic Cotton Crew, part of the brand's Uniform Collection, is appropriately named since T-shirts and jeans have become the go-to outfit for many of us. Everlane ups the game with a big dose of sustainability by using organic cotton and ethically sourcing its production. Another big part of the sustainability puzzle is longevity. Cheaply made garments quickly end up in landfills. When designing their best T-shirt for men, the brand ran it through more than two dozen washes and other tests to make sure this tee would last. Plus. it's a soft, super comfortable T-shirt that's available in more than a dozen core and seasonal colorways and comes in at $35. Read more about the Uniform Collection in our full Everlane menswear review.Best athleisure: Adidas Adicolor Classics 3-Stripes TeeAdidasA classic that never goes out of style that's made from sustainably produced cotton. It's hard to beat a classic and the Adidas Adicolor 3-Stripes Tee most definitely makes the cut as an archetypal athleisure T-shirt for men that's truly timeless. Plus, the brand goes a step further by using cotton from the Better Cotton Initiative, a non-profit working to improve the environment and working conditions in the global cotton trade. Win-win.Best streetwear: Psycho Bunny Mens Classic Crew Neck TeePsycho BunnyPsycho Bunny combines the best of streetwear and old-school attention to detail for a bold tee that's built to last. Psycho Bunny neatly combines the best of streetwear — coolly casual style that doesn't take itself too seriously, strong graphics, and daring colors — and classic men's wear with elevated tailoring, razor-sharp attention to detail, and real craftsmanship. While the brand is best known for its bold, in-your-face polos, Psycho Bunny also makes some singular T-shirts for men that fall squarely on the streetwear side of the fence, but keep the kind of elevated details you expect from the brand. They produce the Classic Crew Neck Tee in Peru from super soft Pima cotton. It has a relaxed fit and features the brand's iconic stitched bunny and crossbones logo.Best pocket: Walter Sky WS-T02Kara ThurmondTechnical prowess meets timeless design in a tee like no other that can take you from the urban jungle to an actual one. Walter Sky, a young direct-to-consumer clothing brand, creates timeless, technical, well-made clothes that can take you from a night out in the city to a strenuous mountain hike. I know, because I've done both wearing the brand's clothes. I've had the WS-T02 — a pocket tee like no other I've owned — for more than three years. It's among the best T-shirts for men I own, and still looks brand-new after tons of hard-wearing. The technical aspects are wildly impressive. The storied Japanese company Toray Industries, known for its innovative fabrics, designed the shirt's fabric. It's synthetic but feels and hangs like a natural fabric. They sew the shirt using another Toray first, a patented odor-eliminating thread. Pair this tee with the brand's WS-B01 pants and WS-J02 jacket and you'll be ready for any adventure, whether in the urban jungle or an actual one.Best striped: Alex Crane Sun TeeAlex CraneAlex Crane takes a classic striped tee and makes it even more summer friendly with sustainably-produced French linen. For me, Alex Crane really shines with its lightweight summer wear, that's not to say that the brand doesn't also do an amazing job with colder-weather clothing. But Alex Crane's use of lighter fabrics, especially among the best linen shirts, is truly exceptional when combined with its timeless but never fussy style. The name says it all. The Sun Tee in the Rio colorway will be your go-to warm-weather T-shirt with its classic yarn-dye striped linen fabric. They sustainably produce the linen in France and knit it in Portugal. The shirt throws off heavy seaside vibes and, like all the brand's clothing, it's meticulously crafted to last for years. Pair it with my favorite summer trousers, the Cham Pants, and a linen Kite jacket for the perfect summer look.Best undershirt: Mack Weldon 18-Hour TankMack WeldonMack Weldon's 18-Hour Tank is soft, stretch, cut extra long to stay tucked in, and designed with a no-show neckline. There are a few essential elements you need for the best undershirt for men besides comfort and stretch, which are givens. You want the tee to stay tucked in, especially if you're wearing a suit, and for it not to be seen under a collared shirt. Mack Weldon nails all of the above with its 18-Hour Tank made from a soft and stretchy jersey fabric that's cut extra long and designed with a no-show neckline. And Mack Weldon's products hold up well over years of use See more in our Mack Weldon underwear review. Best for lounging/most comfortable: Sir Cadian V Neck TeeSir CadianSir Cadian's V Neck Tee is seriously soft and silky for bedtime and stylish enough for bar time. Sir Cadian, a young DTC Latinx-owned men's sustainable sleep and loungewear brand, offers luxurious yet affordable staples like this T-shirt that are soft and cozy enough for sleeping but versatile and stylish enough for wearing out. The V Neck Tee comes in nine colorways, including some cool prints, and is supremely soft, silky, and stretchy thanks to the sustainably produced Tencel Modal and Spandex. Pair it with the joggers for a matching set that's sharp enough for the outside world but so cozy you may just want to stay in bed.Best v-neck: True Classic V-neckTrue ClassicTrue Classic's V-neck emphasizes your shoulders and arms for a super flattering tee with no gym membership needed. Everything I've gotten from True Classic is ultra soft and stretchy. It's kind of the brand's thing. They make their V-neck from a cotton-poly blend for extra softness and stretch in a cut that emphasizes your arms and shoulders while de-emphasizing the midsection to help give us ordinary mortals that classic inverted triangle shape without having to do planks for hours. With an extensive 27 colorways to choose from, you'll probably have a hard time just getting one of their best T-shirts for men. And yep, they offer bundles so you can save money when you pick up a bunch in a rainbow of colors.Best henley: HNLY Bourdain HenleyKara ThurmondHNLY delivers with the Bourdain Henley that's handsome, sustainably made of organic cotton in LA, and feels like a shirt you've had forever straight out of the box.  With a name like HNLY (pronounced henley), you'd hope the brand would deliver a great henley-style T-shirt for men, and indeed it does. Actually, it goes beyond. The Bourdain Henley combines style, comfort, and sustainability in a long-sleeve shirt that feels like you've been wearing it for years straight out of the box. They make it in Los Angeles from 100% organic cotton jersey. The shirt has an athletic cut that's not constricting and offers a bit of natural stretch. Nice touches include the slight drop hem for ease of movement, the metal buttons on the placket, and subtle distressing at the neck. HNLY garment-dyes the Bourdain for a soft finish with beautiful color depth. The olive colorway is a particular favorite. The shirt is preshrunk, so you're less likely to ruin it in the wash (tip: follow the recommended laundering instructions if you want to get the longest life out of your clothes).Best logo: Burberry Logo TBurberryThis bold logo tee from the iconic British label gives any casual outfit a stylish upgrade. Burberry, the legendary British label best known for its outerwear, especially trench coats, offers an upscale take on the tee featuring a bold logo across the front. Made with organic cotton jersey, their best T-shirt for men comes in seven colorways, including an eye-catching vivid blue, and is cut with a relaxed fit for a super-stylish upgrade to any casual outfit.Best black: Unbound Merino Crew Neck T-shirtKara ThurmondUnbound Merino offers the ultimate black tee made from Merino wool, a natural fiber with built-in odor resistance, moisture wicking, and quick drying. We've been singing the praises of Merino wool for a while now. It's naturally odor-resistant, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying, making it a versatile fiber for a variety of uses. Unbound Merino takes this fabulous material and creates a handsome crew neck tee with amazing hand feel, a beautiful drape, and a fit that's neither too loose nor too tight. It comes in a rich black (along with eight other colorways) that, in combination with the material and style, earns Unbound Merino our top spot for best black T-shirt. Pair it with the brand's Merino Travel Pants for the ultimate travel outfit. Note: moths love wool, so I store all my Merino clothing in a container when not in use.Best white: Bleusalt High-TBleusaltThe Malibu-based brand Bleusalt offers elevated basics you'll never want to take off. They make their High-T in the U.S. using sustainable Tencel Modal and spandex for a shirt that's incredibly soft, breathable, and stretchy. The Unbleached colorway is a warm white that's truly elegant. Wear it with the brand's Tide Trouser and you'll look smart but feel like you're still in your pajamas. Their inclusive sizing system is atypical, so be sure to check out their sizing guide to find your perfect fit of the best T-shirt for men. Best long-sleeve: DUER Dura Soft Premium Long SleeveKara ThurmondDUER's ultra-comfortable long sleeve tee in perfect for achieving T-shirt-like comfort while staying warm on cooler days.Vancouver-based DUER takes performance and style to the next level with eco-friendly fabrics and cuts that are flattering, fashionable but never faddish, and ultra-comfortable. DUER made a bold move including "soft" in the name of their long sleeve tee, but they actually deliver. The shirt, which is a Pima cotton/Lyocell/nylon blend, feels great against your skin and has a trim cut that hangs really nicely. Thoughtful details include a bound neckline for extra durability. Pair it with their No Sweat Pant, and this long sleeve tee will become your go-to T-shirt for men in cooler temps.Read about another of their cold weather men's wardrobe staples in our full DUER jeans review.  Best budget pack: Fresh Clean ThreadsFresh Clean ThreadsFresh Clean Threads lets you choose from 3, 5, 10 packs or build your own bundle and save $10. Fresh Clean Threads (formerly known as Fresh Clean Tees) is another young direct-to-consumer brand that's becoming one of our go-to sources for men's basics. They offer a ton of colors; the tees are especially soft thanks to the brand's StratuSoft poly-cotton fabric and they're cut to emphasize the positives (arms and shoulders). You can build your own bundle of five tees and save $10 or choose from 3, 5, and 10 packs. Fresh Clean Threads also often drops limited-edition and mystery packs. You can subscribe and get free shipping and early access when new colors and styles arrive. Choose your 3-pack (you can swap out packs down the road) and how often you want them delivered. You can also cancel anytime.Learn more about the brand in my Fresh Clean Threads review.Best heavyweight: Buck Mason Field Spec Heavy Cotton TeeBuck MasonThe Field Spec Heavy Cotton Tee is a sturdy rugby-weight T-shirt perfect for transitional weather. Buck Mason, one of our favorite menswear brands, produces high-caliber quality staples that are truly built to last. Good thing the brand is all about timeless style too since you'll be wearing their clothes for years. Case in point: the Field Spec Heavy Cotton Tee. It's made from rugby-weight cotton for a super-sturdy shirt that drapes nicely and is cut so it's not clingy but not super boxy either. It's the perfect T-shirt for men in transitional weather. Considering its heft, I was surprised at how soft it was, with a lived-in feel straight out of the package.Best athletic fit: Public Rec Go To CrewPublic RecPublic Rec's Go-To Crew has a trim, athletic fit that's not too clingy and includes well-thought-out design elements for extra comfort.We've written about Public Rec a good bit and for good reason. The brand has become beloved for its innovative and stylish athleisure wear that combines technical properties with impeccable minimalist silhouettes. Their Go to Crew has an athletic fit that's not too clingy but moves nicely with the body. They use a custom blend fabric made from Pima cotton, spandex, and Tencel, for an impressive combination of softness, stretch, and durability. Public Red also uses flatlock seams for this tee in which they butt together the fabric ends and stitch them so there are no rough edges (a practice more common to outdoor gear) for durability, a sleeker design, and extra comfort without chafing. The tee comes in eight outstanding colors.Read more in our full Public Rec Go-To Tee review.Best luxury: Thom Browne White Striped T-ShirtSsenseThom Browne showcases his unmistakable tricolor stripes on a tee with subtly luxurious details. Fall is arguably Thom Browne's time to shine. The American designer recently debuted his first haute couture collection in Paris, yet still maintains his collection of high-end menswear basics as seen in this exemplary t-shirt. The classic cotton jersey is made in Italy and features a button vent at the side seams with an elongated back for a sophisticated profile. Best workwear: Carhartt Loose Fit Heavyweight Short-sleeve Pocket T-shirtCarharttCarhartt gives you the best of both worlds: a hard-wearing tee for work that comes in a huge range of fun colors for play. Long before the fashion world co-opted the style, the American heritage brand Carhartt was making hard-wearing workwear, and 100+ years on, it continues to excel at its trade. The brand introduced its loose-fit heavyweight short-sleeve pocket T-shirt back in 1992 and it continues to be a bestseller. They make it from a durable but soft heavy-weight 100% cotton jersey cut for a looser fit so you don't feel constricted while you work. That being said, just because it's billed as a work shirt for men doesn't mean it can't be for play too. And with 21 colors to choose from, everything from Pale Apricot to Brite Orange, you can let your wild side show if you want. The shirt also features a left-chest pocket with the iconic Carhartt patch logo and comes in a vast range of sizes. Best athletic/workout: Rhone Reign Short Sleeve TopRhoneThe Reign tee combines everything you want for your workout plus a style that can get you from the gym to the club. Insider Reviews and other publications have consistently ranked Rhone as one of the best workout and athleisure brands around. I've been wearing Rhone's products for about four years, mostly for running and workouts. I typically run several miles three times a week as well as work out with weights so their gear gets a steady amount of use and laundering and still looks impeccable with no loose threads, holes, pilling, or color fading. I typically use the brand's purpose-designed products that not surprisingly look like they're made for exercising. Their Reign T-shirt for men nicely blends the best of the brand's hardcore workout gear like odor-resistant GoldFusion technology, moisture wicking fabric, built-in UPF 50+ for extra sun protection, and a lot of stretch with a style that works well as an everyday tee. It's the best of both worlds that comes in 20 different colorways.For a deeper dive into the brand, check out our full Rhone review. Best budget: Uniqlo Dry Crew Neck Short-Sleeve Color T-ShirtUniqloUniqlo's Dry Crew tee comes in at under $10 and features the brand's DRY technology that helps you keep cool in hot weather. If you're looking for an inexpensive tee for men in a variety of colors that also helps keep you cool in hot weather, then the Uniqlo Dry Crew Neck tee may be for you. It comes in at under $10, is available in 11 colors and in inclusive sizing, and has the brand's DRY technology that helps keep you feeling cool and dry. This T-shirt has a silky feel with a cotton outer that's lined in polyester and offers a good bit of stretch. With the price and color range, you can stock up on these tees for everyday wear or to supplement your collection. Read more about the brand's technical fabrics in our full Uniqlo HEATTECH review. Best curved hem: Cuts Clothing AO Curve-Hem TeeCuts ClothingCuts Clothing takes the curved-hem tee and elevates it with a proprietary fabric and contemporary colorways. Curved-hem tees offer certain advantages over the classic straight-hemmed style. They draw the eye upwards to emphasize the vertical for a slimmer appearance. The curved hem also elongates the leg so you appear taller. And in the name of practicality, it's easier to access your pants' pockets with this type of tee. California-based Cuts Clothing takes the curved hem style and elevates it with its AO Curve-Hem Tee. The brand uses a proprietary cotton/spandex/polyester blend fabric that's soft, stretchy, and wrinkle-resistant. They also engineer the shirt to prevent shrinkage and retain its color. This top T-shirt for men comes in two different fits — signature, which is an athletic cut that's fitted around the chest and arms and tapers towards the waist, and classic, which is roomier — and 10 contemporary colors.Best moisture-wicking: Nike Dri-FIT Primary TopNikeStay cool and dry while you exercise with Nike's Primary Top made from a polyester microfiber material designed to keep your body temperature regulated. Since its founding in the 1960s, Nike has pushed boundaries with its innovative athletic gear. The Nike Dri-FIT Primary Top incorporates the brand's Dri-FIT technology, a unique polyester microfiber fabric that draws sweat away from the body to keep you cool and dry when you're working out. Vent holes in the pits also help keep your body temperature regulated while you work out. The Nike Primary Top  incorporates some sustainable elements (organic cotton and recycled polyester) but at only 10% of each of these materials, it's not the most eco-friendly shirt on the list, though at least a start.Best sustainable: Dinner Service NY x Kota the FriendDinner Service NYDinner Service NY and rapper Kota the Friend join forces for a bold and personal graphic tee like no other. The Protea capsule combines Dinner Service NY's mission to phase out toxins from the clothing supply chain with the creative imaginings of multidisciplinary artist Kota the Friend. Kota, an independent musician and founder of the skatewear brand FLTBYS, created a print for the back of the tee that's graphically bold, yet its intricate design pairs meaningfully with the label's aesthetic. The shirt is made from 100% organic cotton and is free from plastic or polyester, instead employing plant-based alternatives. Best fitted: Tommy John Second Skin Crewneck UndershirtTommy JohnThe Tommy John Second Skin Crewneck Undershirt is designed to stay in place and lay flat against your skin under your dress shirts but feel free to wear it solo as well.Tom Patterson couldn't find an undershirt that wouldn't bunch up under his dress shirts, so he set out to create one of the best T-shirts for men himself. He and his wife Erin Fujimoto started Tommy John in 2008 with undershirts designed to stay in place and not be bulky or bunchy. And while the brand has since expanded into everything from underwear to loungewear, their undershirts remain a brand staple. The Second Skin Crewneck Undershirt fits close to the body but isn't constricting, stays tucked into your pants, and lays flat against your skin for a neat and trim appearance under your dress shirts. Just because Tommy John designed it to be worn as an undershirt doesn't mean you can't wear it solo, especially if you want to show off those gains. Read more about our team's experiences with the brand in our full Tommy John reviews. Best oversized: Tomorrows Laundry Modern Pocket TeeTomorrows LaundryThe Modern Pocket Tee combines high-end materials, sustainability, and quality craftsmanship in one fantastic-looking oversized tee. Tomorrow's Laundry is a young subscription box service for lovers of high-quality T-shirts for men and other basics. The brand offers a $75-per-month plan in which you'll receive T-shirts or one hoodie. You can skip months and cancel anytime. You don't have to be a member to shop at the site. The tees start at $55, but with the plan, you save about 35% on all orders, and the shipping's free. The brand's Modern Pocket Tee is a handsome oversized T-shirt (1.5 inches longer than the standard) that's cut for a modern boxy fit and features a single chest pocket. A high stitch count for longer life, sustainable production practices, and ultra-touchable cotton fabric from Peru that comes in some unusual colors make this the perfect oversized tee. Read more from Amir Ismael on the brand's T-shirts in our full Tomorrows Laundry review. How we selected the best T-shirts for menWe use real-world testing, including wearing and washing the shirts multiple times, along with pouring over hundreds of customer comments, in combination with our own years of industry experience to bring you reviews you can trust. Beyond fabrics, cuts, and craftsmanship, we also look at areas like sustainability and value when determining what makes it into our guides.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderFeb 14th, 2024

GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE:GDDY) Q4 2023 Earnings Call Transcript

GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE:GDDY) Q4 2023 Earnings Call Transcript February 13, 2024 GoDaddy Inc. beats earnings expectations. Reported EPS is $7.85, expectations were $1.03. GoDaddy Inc. isn’t one of the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds at the end of the third quarter (see the details here). Christie Masoner: Good afternoon, and thank you for […] GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE:GDDY) Q4 2023 Earnings Call Transcript February 13, 2024 GoDaddy Inc. beats earnings expectations. Reported EPS is $7.85, expectations were $1.03. GoDaddy Inc. isn’t one of the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds at the end of the third quarter (see the details here). Christie Masoner: Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us for GoDaddy’s Fourth Quarter and Annual 2023 Earnings Call. I’m Christie Masoner, VP of Investor Relations. And with me today are Aman Bhutani, Chief Executive Officer; and Mark McCaffrey, Chief Financial Officer. Following prepared remarks, we will open up the call for your questions. [Operator Instructions] On today’s call, we’ll be referencing both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures and other operating and business metrics. A discussion of why we use non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of our non-GAAP financial measures to their GAAP equivalents may be found in the presentation posted to our Investor Relations site at investors.goddady.net or in today’s earnings release on our Form 8-K furnished at the SEC. Growth rates presented represent year-over-year comparisons, unless otherwise noted. The matters we’ll be discussing today include forward-looking statements such as those related to future financial results and our strategies or objectives with respect to future operations. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that are discussed in detail in our periodic SEC filings. Actual results may differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements that we make on this call are based on assumptions as of today, February 13, 2024. And except to the extent required by law, we undertake no obligation to update these statements because of new information or future events. With that, I’m pleased to introduce Aman. Aman Bhutani: Good afternoon, and thank you all for joining us today. At GoDaddy, our mission is to empower entrepreneurs and make opportunity more inclusive for all. Our strategy centers on creating customer value, driving profitable growth resulting in compounding free cash flow per share and long-term shareholder value. Our focus remains on margin expansion and growth in our Applications and Commerce segment. 2023 was a pivotal year for us and I am pleased with our financial and operational results. Innovation accelerated as we brought together our technology capabilities into a unified technology stack, enabling us to launch our compelling GoDaddy Airo experience. We also drove 2023 normalized EBITDA margin ahead of our guidance as we balanced investment in growth and cost structure management. Full year normalized EBITDA margin increased approximately 200 basis points, resulting in a 12% increase in free cash flow and a 21% increase in free cash flow per share. In Q4, we drove 16% bookings growth for our high margin segment, Applications and Commerce segment and this momentum continued into January. Our focus on the combination of optimizing costs and driving growth in Applications and Commerce, has positioned our business well to exit 2024 with a normalized EBITDA margin of approximately 31%. At the Investor Day in November, we showcased how GoDaddy Airo delivers a seamless experience for identity and presence and our teams have launched even more capabilities since then. At our upcoming Investor Day on March 6, we will showcase these new capabilities as well as provide a sneak peek into what is coming soon. Airo enablement of Commerce features will also be showcased, which now expands the Airo experience across the entire entrepreneur’s wheel, fully unlocking the full power of GoDaddy’s software platform for our customers in a seamless and intuitive manner. Over the last few quarters, we covered our continued efforts to optimize our marketing spend and G&A expenses. We have had similar efforts in technology and development and care as well. In technology and development, the simplification and unification of our technology stack led to a material reduction in our server footprint and multiple areas of costs associated with it. We also expanded our access to talent globally and together, these items benefited both our capital and operating expenses. See also 20 Fastest Growing Energy Companies in the US and 15 Easiest Countries to Immigrate to from Mexico. Q&A Session Follow Godaddy Inc. (NYSE:GDDY) Follow Godaddy Inc. (NYSE:GDDY) or Subscribe with Google We may use your email to send marketing emails about our services. Click here to read our privacy policy. In care, we are harvesting the benefits of our investments in technology and global scale as customer preferences shifted towards asynchronous chat, and with continued room for leverage through the automation of tasks and the rollout of GoDaddy Airo for our care guides. Additionally, the power of data from our GoDaddy software platform bolsters our ability to drive faster decision-making and is expected to benefit both our margin and revenue opportunities. We are excited to share more about continued leverage opportunities driven by innovation in technology and care at our Investor Day in Tempe. As always, I would like to cover our high priority initiatives, but I will keep my comments here brief since we plan to share an expanded set of demos in March. To start, bundling has been a key focus for us as a part of our innovation in domains and productivity to drive attach. This initiative primarily benefits our high margin Applications and Commerce segment, and we expect our Airo experience to drive this higher over time. Airo has also created new engagement surfaces allowing us to deliver automated customer experiences that we will continue to improve over time. On GoDaddy Airo, I have an update on its performance since launch. I am happy to share that in a controlled experiment, customers that were part of the first test cohort for the Airo experience monetized at rates higher than those customers in the control group that were not exposed to the Airo experience. The increased monetization was due to attach and shifting the mix towards higher price and higher margin products. This is particularly encouraging because significant customer experience changes like Airo typically take many months of iterative improvement to outperform the control group. With this initial promising result, we have rolled out GoDaddy Airo to more customers in the U.S. We have also launched tests in international markets a few days ago. Our goal for Airo is to help more customers discover more products and engage with them at higher rates, leading to even greater monetization opportunities. As a result, we are closely monitoring cohort performance across discovery, engagement and monetization. Components of the GoDaddy Airo experience are also currently being tested in our Managed WordPress and hub experiences, creating opportunities to save our designers and developers time and effort. We are also testing the Airo experience in care so guides can support our customers better and faster. Our platform approach to GoDaddy Airo means that new capabilities are quickly coming to market. For example, we will test Airo Commerce functionality in the first half of this year, and these capabilities will extend to our partnerships as well. On Commerce, over the last year we proved that we can sell our payments solutions into our customer base, and it was the largest driver of GPV growth last year. In fact, annualized GPV for 2023 exceeded our expectations and grew a 125% year-over-year. As we enter 2024, we are looking forward to surfacing our Commerce capabilities more seamlessly with our Airo experience and doubling down on selling the full omni-commerce solution, driving higher margin subscription revenue. This is the last of a series of proof points that set up the Commerce business for the long term, which is aligned with our overall strategy of creating customer value that ultimately drives profitable growth. As Commerce subscription revenue takes center stage and GPV growth takes lower priority, we still expect to continue to scale our base of Commerce customers by growing GPV at healthy double-digits. In closing, as I look ahead at the rest of 2024, I am excited by our ability to drive margin improvement and growth in Applications and Commerce, which we expect together will result in impressive improvements in free cash flow per share. Behind these improving metrics is a talented workforce that is committed to ongoing innovation. For example, every week we launch new tests, methodically track results, and share results broadly across the organization, making us better every day. The operational discipline of compounding improvements and doubling down on proof points continues to crystallize our path forward and raise our confidence to achieve our targets. With that, here’s Mark. Mark McCaffrey: Thanks Aman. Hello everyone and thank you all for joining us. In 2023, we made significant strides in our ability to deliver a unified GoDaddy software platform for our customers. These efforts are reflected in our results that drove sustained double-digit growth of our Applications and Commerce revenue of 13% in the quarter, expansion of our Q4 normalized EBITDA margin above our target, delivering 29.5% and free cash flow per share above our target delivering $7.50 for the full year. Beginning with Q4 results, our high margin Applications and Commerce revenue grew 13% to $377 million and we delivered an expanded segment EBITDA margin of 44%, increasing 100 basis points since last quarter and 300 basis points since last year. ARR for Applications and Commerce grew 10% to $1.4 billion and our Create + Grow ARR was up 8% to $481 million. In Commerce, we drove significant growth in annualized GPV to $1.7 billion, more than doubling last year’s performance as conversion of our existing customers to the GoDaddy software platform remains strong. Core Platform revenue grew 2% to $723 million in the fourth quarter and segment EBITDA margin grew to 32%, increasing 200 basis points since last quarter and 250 basis points since last year. ARR for Core Platform was $2.3 billion consistent with prior year. Growth in Core Platform during the fourth quarter was supported by domain’s growth of 4%, a continued strong demand and price increases. Bookings growth in domains was 7%, providing a positive leading indicator for future domain revenue. In addition, aftermarket grew 14% to $118 million on increasing volume and easier comps. As a reminder, while aftermarket is stable on an annual basis, it is more difficult to predict quarter-to-quarter compared to our other businesses due to its transactional nature and that it relies on third-party sellers and buyers to determine a mutually acceptable price. Our gains in Core Platform were partially offset by an 11% decrease in hosting, as we continue our efforts to integrate GoDaddy’s software platform. Bifurcating the hosting business, the continuing GoDaddy hosting revenue remains a stable, strong cash generator with high retention. The remainder of the portfolio decreased over the past several years and we have taken deliberate steps throughout 2023 to rationalize the business. We will continue to evaluate the components of this business, integrating platforms that are strategic and rationalizing platforms that are not accretive to our long-term financial model. Total revenue in Q4 topped $1.1 billion, growing 6% on a reported and constant currency basis. International revenue grew 4% on a reported and constant currency basis to $354 million. As a reminder, our migrations and our divestitures are primarily impacting international regions. Q4 bookings grew to $1.1 billion, up 7% or 6% on a constant currency basis. Applications and Commerce bookings grew 16% on strong attach of productivity solutions and continued strength in our Create + Grow products. Core Platform bookings increased 3% due to the strong fourth quarter performance in domains, offset by migration and divestiture headwinds in hosting. Subscription bookings grew 200 basis points ahead of subscription revenue. Normalized EBITDA in Q4 grew 22% to $324 million, representing a 29.5% margin, and an expansion of nearly 400 basis points compared to Q4, 2022. The continued margin expansion was driven by the leverage gains we achieved in the second half of 2023 across all spend categories. As we shared last quarter, we continue to expect Q4, 2024 normalized EBITDA margin of approximately 31% with continued margin expansion in the out years, while also driving innovation, like you saw with our GoDaddy Airo experience. As we think about this seamless experience for customers, Airo is possible, thanks to the work we have done to unify our technology stack into one software platform that include ownership of the data from domain through to transactions. And this serves as an accelerant to our model as we bundle and bring more products to market faster on the platform. With that, during the fourth quarter, we reduced our combined technology and development and capital spending by 7% from our migrations, divestitures and restructuring efforts throughout 2023, as well as from reduced data center capital expenditures. We expect that our technology and development spend will continue to decline in absolute dollars in 2024 compared to 2023, as most of this work was completed in 2023. Moving onto cash generation. Unlevered free cash flow grew 46% to $347 million, while free cash flow grew 51% to $305 million, despite a 13% increase in cash interest expense year-over-year. Free cash flow per share increased 21% to $7.50 per share, driven by growth in Applications and Commerce, operating leverage improvements and share repurchases throughout 2023, which is partially offset by an increase in cash interest expense. Turning to the balance sheet. We exited the year with $0.5 billion in cash and short-term investments and total liquidity of $1.5 billion. Net debt landed at $3.4 billion, below three times net leverage on a trailing 12-month basis, and near the midpoint of our targeted range of 2 to 4 times. In January 2024, we refinanced $1.8 billion of outstanding principal to secure a 50 basis point interest rate reduction. This strategic adjustment along with the repricing completed in July 2023 are together expected to reduce annualized cash interest expense by approximately $22 million. Additionally, the cumulative shares repurchased under our current authorizations totaled $2.6 billion, representing 34.2 million shares retired. This reduced our fully diluted shares outstanding since the inception of these authorizations by over 20%, achieving our three-year targeted reduction ahead of schedule. Our buybacks over the last two years have driven impressive ROI for this capital outlay, demonstrating our disciplined capital allocation framework and dedication to driving long-term shareholder value. Moving onto our annual financial results. Total revenue grew 4% or 5% on a constant currency basis to $4.3 billion. ARPU grew 3% to $203 as we added 100,000 net new customers, despite the elevated churn from our ongoing platform migrations and divestitures. Customer retention remains 85% as we drove improvements in 2+ product attach, with greater than 50% of our customers paying for at least two products. These high-quality customers are stickier and give us greater pricing flexibility. Applications and Commerce revenue grew 12% to $1.4 billion and Core Platform revenue was flat, totaling $2.8 billion. International revenue grew 4% to $1.4 billion. Total bookings grew 4% or 5% on a constant currency basis to $4.6 billion. Full year normalized EBITDA grew 12% to $1.1 billion, representing a 27% margin for the year, an expansion of nearly 200 basis points over the prior year. Lastly, full year unlevered free cash flow grew 14% to $1.3 billion and free cash flow grew 12% to $1.1 billion, both exceeding our guide for the year and showing impressive normalized EBITDA to cash conversion of nearly one to one. Moving onto our outlook. For the full year, we expect total revenue to be within a range of $4.48 billion to $4.56 billion, representing growth of over 6% at the midpoint of the range. When excluding the approximate 100 basis point impact of divestitures and migrations, that we will lap in the year, our growth would be 7% at the midpoint of the range. In Application and Commerce, we are projecting revenue growth of low to mid-teens for Q1 and the full year. In Core Platform, we are projecting revenue growth of low single-digits for Q1 and the full year. As we have shared previously, the entire GoDaddy team is committed to maintaining operational discipline and deploying opportunities to gain further leverage within our model. We delivered on this commitment in 2023 and expect to continue this trend in 2024, resulting in an expected normalized EBITDA margin of approximately 29% for the full year. We are targeting unlevered free cash flow of at least $1.4 billion, free cash flow of at least $1.2 billion, and free cash flow per share of approximately $9, representing a growth rate of 20% for the full year of 2024......»»

Category: topSource: insidermonkeyFeb 14th, 2024

Where to watch Super Bowl halftime show live stream with Usher and maybe more surprises

Usher fans won't want to miss the free Super Bowl halftime show live stream tonight. Let's see who else is rumored to appear alongside him. When you buy through our links, Business Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreExpect Usher to take to the stage around 8-8:30 p.m. ET at the Super Bowl 2024 halftime show.Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicYou don't even have to be a football fan to want to know where to watch the Super Bowl halftime show live stream with Usher headlining. It's the biggest halftime event in world sports, bar none. We can't even think of a big final where TV coverage doesn't just stick with the panelists throughout the break; even the soccer World Cup final has nothing for TV fans to tune in for on the pitch.See also: Last-minute Super Bowl ticket pricesUsher will headline this world-famous event, and we wouldn't bet against a special guest or two (more on that later). We have everything you need in the box below to grab a free Super Bowl halftime show live stream from anywhere on the planet. The viewing options are the same as watching the game itself, as also highlighted in our free Super Bowl live stream guide.You can catch the halftime show on CBS in America, but if you don't have that channel in your TV bundle, you can see it with a Paramount Plus free trial, which lasts for seven days. Outside of the US (or if Paramount+ is having issues like it was earlier for some), you'll find the Super Bowl halftime show is included in the free coverage of the game found on the UK and Australian TV channels highlighted below. This is an excellent option for most international viewers without access to the show locally. But you'll need a VPN (virtual private network) to get around the geo-blocks that will otherwise block you from playing the live stream. We'll walk you through this. We also use them to unlock streaming content throughout the year, such as:Free Six Nations live streams | Free NFL live stream | How to watch Love Island All Stars 2024 Usher Super Bowl halftime show quick links:USA:  CBS, Paramount Plus (free trial), Fubo TV (free trial), or Hulu + Live TV ($76.99 per month)Access FREE live streams internationally via ExpressVPN (try it risk-free for 30 days)UK: ITVX (FREE)Australia: 7+ (FREE)When: Today, approximately 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. GMT (Mon) / 9:30 a.m. AWST (Mon)How to watch Super Bowl halftime show live stream in the USAThe US Super Bowl live stream is available via multiple services carrying CBS. As mentioned earlier, Paramount Plus is the simplest option, as you can take advantage of the free trial to enjoy the game.If you're considering a cord-cutting service with a broad selection of cable channels that also include CBS, then you'll want to consider Fubo or Hulu's Live TV service. Neither are cheap, priced at $79.99 and $74.99 a month, respectively, but Fubo offers a 7-day free trial, so you can take it for a spin and cancel it before time's up to avoid paying if it's not working out. Both services run on a one-month rolling contract, so you can cancel whenever you like, which makes both much more appealing than traditional cable and multi-year deals.There are free viewing options elsewhere in the world that you can access with a VPN. More on that later on and in the box above.What channel is the Super Bowl halftime show on?The Super Bowl halftime live stream will be shown on CBS in the USA, which you can see on most cable packages. Alternative options include watching it on Paramount Plus or picking up a live TV service like Fubo or Hulu with Live TV.Free and legal online broadcast options are available via ITV1 in the UK or 7+ in Australia. These are the best options for most viewers around the world. If you're outside the UK or Australia, you must use a VPN to simulate your viewing device's location to get around the geo-blocks. We've detailed how to do this further down the page.How to watch Super Bowl halftime show live streams from anywhereIf you're outside the US and fancy any of their streaming options mentioned above or are already signed up and just out of the country, a VPN will let you stream from abroad. However, if you don't have a US payment method, you won't be able to sign up for the US versions of Paramount Plus, Fubo, or Hulu. So, the free options in the UK or Australia are better for most international fans.Australian TV channel 7+ and UK channel ITV both have a free Super Bowl halftime live stream. You'll need a VPN to access them outside the country, though. Once you have a VPN, pick the corresponding country. Then head to the TV channel's site, create a free account (if using ITVX, 7+ doesn't need one), sign in, and you're away. Need a good VPN? Take advantage of this can't-miss offer on the best VPN we've tested and used for years for international streaming and protecting our online privacy. You can get ExpressVPN, save 49% on the usual price, and get three months for free. If you're unsatisfied, there's a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Want to know more about the app? We've got you covered with a detailed ExpressVPN review.How to watch Super Bowl halftime show with a VPNSign up for a VPN if you don't have one.Install it on the device you're using to watch the Super Bowl.Turn it on and set it to the appropriate country.Go to 7+ (Australia) or ITVX (UK).Create a free account and sign in if using ITVX.Watch the Super Bowl halftime show.When: Today, approximately 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. GMT (Mon) / 9 a.m. AWST (Mon).How to watch Super Bowl halftime show live stream in the UKThere's no need for a DAZN pass to watch the Super Bowl halftime show live stream in the UK. And despite all the ads, you don't have to join Sky either, as ITV will also be showing the game as it did last year after wrestling the rights away from the BBC. You're looking at a start time of around 1:30 a.m. for Usher to take to the stage.How to watch Super Bowl halftime show in AustraliaThe good folks over at 7+ have bagged a free live stream of the Super Bowl halftime in Australia. You'll need a VPN to tune into this free live stream from outside the country. If you're interested in the games, too, it's worth bookmarking this channel for next season if things go as they did this time around.As detailed in our free NFL live stream guide, 7+/7Mate showed free games every Sunday and loads of playoff action. This was a much simpler route compared to having to track the playoffs across multiple channels in the US. We'll update that free NFL guide closer to the start of next season when we can confirm if the Australian channel will be coming through for us in the 2024/2025 run.What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start?Due to the stop/start nature of the game and football in general. There's not an exact time, but going off past Super Bowl's opening halves, expect the halftime show to start around 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. GMT (Mon) / 9:30 a.m. AWST (Mon).The second quarter just wrapped up just before 8:15 p.m. ET. It looked like it might have ended sooner until play really slowed down towards the end. The production team is busy assembling the stage, and you should expect things to get underway very soon.Is Taylor Swift appearing at the Super Bowl halftime show?While Taylor Swift is attending the Super Bowl to join boyfriend Travis Kelce's family in support of him and the Chiefs, it's looking unlikely she'll be joining Usher on stage. Swift is already up against it as far as timing goes, given she had to get on the red eye back from touring Japan, rushing to make it to the game on time.Given the huge amount of rehearsal and planning a Super Bowl halftime show takes, the sheer number of moving parts makes this very unlikely. We have to admit, though, it's not impossible. It might just break the internet if she pops up on that stage, though.Ok, so who could appear with Usher at the Super Bowl?Usher has no shortage of artists that he's teamed up with in the past for various hit records. We've seen him appear with Alicia Keys, Beyonce,  Lil Jon, Ludacris, Will.i.am., Pitbull, 21 Savage, Summer Walker, and more.Those fancying an outside bet in Vegas might want to consider U2 or Adele, seeing as they're both currently doing long stints in town for residencies, but we think most fans would rather one of the picks from the other list above. If you fancy checking out their shows, we've compiled date and pricing guides for Adele tickets and U2 Sphere tickets.Some artists have run through a whole show solo in the past (Rhianna and Lady Gaga recently), so that's not out of the question. Ok, so technically, Rhianna kind of brought a special guest onto the stage with her. Rihanna performs at the 2023 Super Bowl.Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesNote: The use of VPNs is illegal in certain countries, and using VPNs to access region-locked streaming content might constitute a breach of the terms of use for certain services. Business Insider does not endorse or condone the illegal use of VPNs.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytFeb 11th, 2024

Where to watch Super Bowl halftime show live stream with Usher

Usher fans won't want to miss the free Super Bowl halftime show live stream tonight. Let's see who else is rumored to appear alongside him. When you buy through our links, Business Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreExpect Usher to take to the stage around 8-8:30 p.m. ET at the Super Bowl 2024 halftime show.Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicYou don't even have to be much of a football fan to want to know where to watch the Super Bowl halftime show live stream with Usher. It's the biggest halftime event in world sports, bar none. We can't even think of a big final where TV coverage doesn't just stick with the panelists throughout the break; even the soccer World Cup final has nothing for TV fans to tune in for.See also: Last-minute Super Bowl ticket pricesUsher will headline this world-famous event, and we wouldn't bet against a special guest or two (more on that later). We have everything you need in the box below to grab a free Super Bowl halftime show live stream from anywhere on the planet. The viewing options are the same as watching the game itself, as also highlighted in our free Super Bowl live stream guide.You can catch the halftime show on CBS in America, but if you don't have that channel in your TV bundle, you can see it with a Paramount Plus free trial, which lasts for seven days. Outside of the US, you'll find the Super Bowl halftime show is included in the free coverage of the game found on the UK and Australian TV channels highlighted below. This is an excellent option for most international viewers without access to the show locally. But you'll need a VPN (virtual private network) to get around the geo-blocks that will otherwise block you from playing the live stream. We'll walk you through this. We also use them to unlock streaming content throughout the year, such as:Free Six Nations live streams | Free NFL live stream | How to watch Love Island All Stars 2024 Usher Super Bowl halftime show quick links:USA:  CBS, Paramount Plus (free trial), Fubo TV (free trial), or Hulu + Live TV ($76.99 per month)Access FREE live streams internationally via ExpressVPN (try it risk-free for 30 days)UK: ITVX (FREE)Australia: 7+ (FREE)When: Today, approximately 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. GMT (Mon) / 9 a.m. AWST (Mon)How to watch Super Bowl halftime show live stream in the USAThe US Super Bowl live stream is available via multiple services carrying CBS. As mentioned earlier, Paramount Plus is the simplest option, as you can take advantage of the free trial to enjoy the game.If you're considering a cord-cutting service with a broad selection of cable channels that also include CBS, then you'll want to consider Fubo or Hulu's Live TV service. Neither are cheap, priced at $79.99 and $74.99 a month, respectively, but Fubo offers a 7-day free trial, so you can take it for a spin and cancel it before time's up to avoid paying if it's not working out. Both services run on a one-month rolling contract, so you can cancel whenever you like, which makes both much more appealing than traditional cable and multi-year deals.There are free viewing options elsewhere in the world that you can access with a VPN. More on that later on and in the box above.What channel is the Super Bowl halftime show on?The Super Bowl halftime live stream will be shown on CBS in the USA, which you can see on most cable packages. Alternative options include watching it on Paramount Plus or picking up a live TV service like Fubo or Hulu with Live TV.Free and legal online broadcast options are available via ITV1 in the UK or 7+ in Australia. These are the best options for most viewers around the world. If you're outside the UK or Australia, you must use a VPN to simulate your viewing device's location to get around the geo-blocks. We've detailed how to do this further down the page.How to watch Super Bowl halftime show live streams from anywhereIf you're outside the US and fancy any of their streaming options mentioned above or are already signed up and just out of the country, a VPN will let you stream from abroad. However, if you don't have a US payment method, you won't be able to sign up for the US versions of Paramount Plus, Fubo, or Hulu. So, the free options in the UK or Australia are better for most international fans.Australian TV channel 7+ and UK channel ITV both have a free Super Bowl halftime live stream. You'll need a VPN to access them outside the country, though. Once you have a VPN, pick the corresponding country. Then head to the TV channel's site, create a free account (if using ITVX, 7+ doesn't need one), sign in, and you're away. Need a good VPN? Take advantage of this can't-miss offer on the best VPN we've tested and used for years for international streaming and protecting our online privacy. You can get ExpressVPN, save 49% on the usual price, and get three months for free. If you're unsatisfied, there's a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Want to know more about the app? We've got you covered with a detailed ExpressVPN review.How to watch Super Bowl halftime show with a VPNSign up for a VPN if you don't have one.Install it on the device you're using to watch the Super Bowl.Turn it on and set it to the appropriate country.Go to 7+ (Australia) or ITVX (UK).Create a free account and sign in if using ITVX.Watch the Super Bowl halftime show.When: Today, approximately 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. GMT (Mon) / 9 a.m. AWST (Mon).How to watch Super Bowl halftime show live stream in the UKThere's no need for a DAZN pass to watch the Super Bowl halftime show live stream in the UK. And despite all the ads, you don't have to join Sky either, as ITV will also be showing the game as it did last year after wrestling the rights away from the BBC. You're looking at a start time of around 1-1:30 a.m. for Usher to take to the stage.How to watch Super Bowl halftime show in AustraliaThe good folks over at 7+ have bagged a free live stream of the Super Bowl halftime in Australia. You'll need a VPN to tune into this free live stream from outside the country. If you're interested in the games, too, it's worth bookmarking this channel for next season if things go as they did this time around.As detailed in our free NFL live stream guide, 7+/7Mate showed free games every Sunday and loads of playoff action. This was a much simpler route compared to having to track the playoffs across multiple channels in the US. We'll update that free NFL guide closer to the start of next season when we can confirm if the Australian channel will be coming through for us in the 2024/2025 run.What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start?Due to the stop/start nature of the game and football in general. There's not an exact time, but going off past Super Bowl's opening halves, we'd expect the halftime show to start around 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. GMT (Mon) / 9 a.m. AWST (Mon) or perhaps up to 30 minutes later depending on how the game's flowing.Is Taylor Swift appearing at the Super Bowl halftime show?While Taylor Swift is likely attending the Super Bowl to join boyfriend Travis Kelce's family in support of him and the Chiefs, it's looking unlikely she'll be joining Usher on stage. Swift is already up against it as far as timing goes, given she's on the red eye back from Japan, rushing to make it to the game on time.Given the huge amount of rehearsal and planning a Super Bowl halftime show takes, the sheer number of moving parts makes this very unlikely. We have to admit, though, it's not impossible. It might just break the internet if she pops up on that stage, though.Ok, so who could appear with Usher at the Super Bowl?Usher has no shortage of artists that he's teamed up with in the past for various hit records. We've seen him appear with Alicia Keys, Beyonce,  Lil Jon, Ludacris, Will.i.am., Pitbull, 21 Savage, Summer Walker, and more.Those fancying an outside bet in Vegas might want to consider U2 or Adele, seeing as they're both currently doing long stints in town for residencies, but we think most fans would rather one of the picks from the other list above. If you fancy checking out their shows, we've compiled date and pricing guides for Adele tickets and U2 Sphere tickets.Some artists have run through a whole show solo in the past (Rhianna and Lady Gaga recently), so that's not out of the question. Ok, so technically, Rhianna kind of brought a special guest onto the stage with her. Rihanna performs at the 2023 Super Bowl.Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesNote: The use of VPNs is illegal in certain countries, and using VPNs to access region-locked streaming content might constitute a breach of the terms of use for certain services. Business Insider does not endorse or condone the illegal use of VPNs.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytFeb 11th, 2024

How to watch free AFCON live streams: See Africa Cup of Nations final next

The AFCON live streams vary around the world. Make sure you don't miss a single game, with free and paid Africa Cup of Nations options compared. When you buy through our links, Business Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreSenegal, the current holders have been knocked out.CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty ImagesIf you're looking for the latest guide on where to watch AFCON live streams for free, we have everything you need. Better yet, no matter what country you're in right now, you can enjoy the Africa Cup of Nations' grand final today. Hosts Ivory Coast take on Nigeria, and you're just a few clicks away from free coverage.We've also looked through the quality paid options in different international markets to see where the best prices are. For example, in the US, it will only cost you $5 to watch via a streaming bundle that includes the required channel, BeIn. If you want to watch for free, you'll want to check out SABC, a channel in South Africa, or the UK's BBC3. If you're not in the UK or South Africa, you'll need a VPN to get around geo-restrictions and enjoy free AFCON live streams. A VPN (virtual private network) will simulate your viewing device's location to allow you to stream feeds on international sites you'd otherwise be unable to play. We'll give you the rundown on how to do it below. The VPN we recommend can be used for many other streaming opportunities, as shown in the other guides below.See also: Free Champions League live streams | Where to watch Six Nations | Free Super Bowl live streamAFCON live stream quick links:Access FREE live streams internationally via ExpressVPN (try it risk-free for 30 days)South Africa: SABC (free)  USA: BeIn Sports via FuboTV (free trial) / Sling Soccer Pass ($5 per month)UK: BBC3 (free) |Sky Sports via Now TV (£34.99 £26 monthly) Canada, Australia, NZ: BeIn Sports (free trial)Tournament dates: January 13 - February 11Next game:Final - Nigeria vs. Ivory Coast, Feb 10, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT / 4 a.m. (Mon) AWSTHow to watch AFCON live streams for free from anywhere If you want access to every match of this year's Africa Cup of Nations, South African TV channel SABC has your back, with no sign-up required. This has been a great option so far, as even during the final group games, where both matches for a group were played simultaneously, one match was on  SABC, and the other was streamed on SABC3.The UK's BBC3 is another option to consider. It's only covered a few AFCON matches, but it will have live coverage for the final today, too. The main hitch with both of these options is that you'll need a VPN to tune in outside of South Africa/UK, as you'll get an error message when you try to hit play on their AFCON live stream.Don't worry. You can push through the block with a VPN and start watching once you set its location to South Africa/UK. A VPN virtually changes your devices' location, so apps and websites think you're connecting from servers within those countries, just like the local viewers.Don't have a VPN? There's a fantastic offer right now on the best VPN we've tested and have been using for years for streaming and beefing up our online security. You can pick up ExpressVPN, save 49% on the usual price, and get three months for free. It's the best investment in your sports-watching future if you know you'll want to watch more international sports streams. It's one of the few reliable VPNs with decent South African servers.If you're unsatisfied with the VPN, there's a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Want to learn more about the product? Take a look at our detailed ExpressVPN review. How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations with a VPNSign up for a VPN if you don't have one.Install it on the device you're using to watch the game.Turn it on and set it to the streaming services country.Go to SABC (South Africa) | BBC (UK).Sign in or create a free login if using the BBC.Watch the Africa Cup of Nations game.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the UKAs mentioned above, BBC3 has shown ten select games during the tournament and will also cover today's final. Sky Sports was covering every AFCON match and will also have today's final. This second option involves paying up for a Sky contract or a Now TV subscription, which lets you get Sky Sports on a one-month rolling contract that you can cancel whenever you like, and a single month will cost you £34.99, or you can buy a day pass for £11.99. Or watch it for free on BBC3.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the USAIf you want to watch AFCON online in the USA, you'll find it on the BeIN channel. If you don't have that in your current package, you have two options via cord-cutting live TV streaming services.FuboTV has it on its cheapest tier, which includes a seven-day free trial. After that, it's a rather eye-watering $79.99 a month. If you've been meaning to pick up a great live TV streaming service anyway, you might find the overall package worth sticking with.If you want the cheapest option in the US, we've found a super cheap deal of just $5. Yes, five. Sling TV lets you bag its Sling Soccer Pass without signing up for the regular Sling package. So you really can just bag the bolt-on on its own.That's an absolute steal. If you're outside of the US and are thinking of diving in via a VPN, just be aware that you'll need a US payment method to pay for it, but if you can get around that, then the same VPN we mentioned above will let you stream the channel.Note: The use of VPNs is illegal in certain countries, and using VPNs to access region-locked streaming content might constitute a breach of the terms of use for certain services. Insider does not endorse or condone the illegal use of VPNs.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderFeb 11th, 2024

AFCON third-place playoff: How to watch free South Africa vs. DR Congo live stream from anywhere

There's a free South Africa vs. DR Congo live stream for today's consolation prize match at AFCON. When you buy through our links, Business Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty ImagesIt's the game neither team really wants to be in, but it at least gives a chance to ease the pain of the defeat in the semi-finals and end their Africa Cup of Nations journeys on a winning note in this third-place playoff. On the plus side for you, too, there's no need to pay up as we can point you towards a free South Africa vs. DR Congo live stream of this penultimate AFCON match ahead of tomorrow's final.We've been showing football fans how to watch free AFCON live streams since game one of the tournament, and the same method will work today and tomorrow. Wherever you are in the world, we can show you how to watch a South Africa vs. DR Congo live stream via an official broadcast.We've also looked through the quality paid options in different international markets to see where the best prices are. For example, in the US, it will only cost you $5 to watch both games this weekend via a streaming bundle that includes the required channel, BeIn. If you want to watch every remaining game for free, you'll want to check out SABC, a channel in South Africa. If you're not in South Africa, you'll need a VPN to get around geo-restrictions and enjoy this free South Africa vs. DR Congo live stream.A VPN (virtual private network) will simulate your viewing device's location to allow you to stream feeds on international sites you'd otherwise be unable to play. We'll give you the rundown on how to do it below. The VPN we recommend can be used for many other streaming opportunities, as shown in the other guides below.See also: Free Champions League live streams | Where to watch Six Nations | Free Super Bowl live streamSouth Africa vs. DR Congo live stream quick links:Access FREE live streams internationally via ExpressVPN (try it risk-free for 30 days)South Africa: SABC (free) USA: BeIn Sports via FuboTV (free trial) / Sling Soccer Pass ($5 per month)UK: Sky Sports via Now TV (£34.99 £26 monthly)Canada, Australia, NZ: BeIn Sports (free trial)When: Today 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT / 4 a.m. (Sun) AWSTHow to watch South Africa vs. DR Congo live stream for free from anywhere As it has with every game of the tournament so far, South African TV channel SABC will show a free South Africa vs. DR Congo live stream today, with no sign-up required.The main hitch is that you'll need a VPN to tune in outside of South Africa, as you'll get an error message when you try to hit play on their AFCON live stream.Don't worry. You can push through the block with a VPN and start watching once you set its location to South Africa. A VPN virtually changes your devices' location, so apps and websites think you're connecting from servers within those countries, just like the local viewers.Don't have a VPN? There's a fantastic offer right now on the best VPN we've tested and have been using for years for streaming and beefing up our online security. You can pick up ExpressVPN, save 49% on the usual price, and get three months for free. It's the best investment in your sports-watching future if you know you'll want to watch more international sports streams. It's also one of the few reliable VPNs with decent South African servers and has been proven exceptionally reliable with other locations worldwide. If you're unsatisfied with it for any reason, there's a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee.You can learn more about the other features offered with the service via our detailed ExpressVPN review.How to watch South Africa vs. DR Congo with a VPNSign up for a VPN if you don't have one.Install it on the device you're using to watch the game.Turn it on and set it to South Africa.Go to SABC.Watch the South Africa vs. DR Congo live stream today at 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT / 4 a.m. (Sun) AWST.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the UKBBC3 is not an option for today's game, but you can watch the final there tomorrow night.This game's only official local UK option is via Sky Sports, which means getting your wallet out. You don't have to join a full-on Sky contract, though. The most efficient way to dive in is via their Now TV service, which lets you get Sky Sports on a one-month rolling contract that you can cancel whenever you like, and a single month will cover you through to the final. It's £34.99 a month or £11.99 for a one-day pass. It's cheaper to go the aforementioned VPN route and use the free South Africa broadcast, which is also in English. How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the USAIf you want to watch South Africa vs. DR Congo online in the USA, you'll find it on the BeIN channel. If you don't have that in your current package, you have two options via cord-cutting live TV streaming services.FuboTV has it on its cheapest tier, which includes a seven-day free trial. After that, it's a rather eye-watering $79.99 a month. If you've been meaning to pick up a great live TV streaming service anyway, you might find the overall package worth sticking with.If you want the cheapest option in the US, we've found a super cheap deal of just $5. Yes, five. Sling TV lets you bag its Sling Soccer Pass without signing up for the regular Sling package. So you really can just bag the bolt-on on its own.That's an absolute steal. If you're outside of the US and are thinking of diving in via a VPN, just be aware that you'll need a US payment method to pay for it, but if you can get around that, then the same VPN we mentioned above will let you stream the channel. But if you have a VPN, the free South Africa live stream mentioned earlier is the best option for your wallet.Note: The use of VPNs is illegal in certain countries (such as Iraq, North Korea, Belarus, etc), and using VPNs to access region-locked streaming content might constitute a breach of the terms of use for certain services. Insider does not endorse or condone the illegal use of VPNs.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderFeb 10th, 2024

AFCON: Where to watch free Ivory Coast vs. DR Congo live stream from anywhere

With a spot in the AFCON final up for grabs for the host nation, you won't want to miss this free Ivory Coast vs DR Congo live stream. When you buy through our links, Business Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreMax Alain Gradel of Ivory Coast celebrates at AFCON 2024.Ulrik Pedersen/DeFodi Images via Getty ImagesWe're into the final days of the Africa Cup of Nations, but we have been showing our readers how to watch free AFCON live streams since game one in mid-January. Wherever you are, you can watch a free official broadcast of the Ivory Coast vs. DR Congo live stream. This option will also cover you for the third-place playoff and final at the weekend.We've also looked through the quality paid options in different international markets to see where the best prices are. For example, in the US, it will only cost you $5 to watch the remaining games via a streaming bundle that includes the required channel, BeIn. If you want to watch every remaining game for free, you'll want to check out SABC, a channel in South Africa. If you're not in South Africa, you'll need a VPN to get around geo-restrictions and enjoy this free Ivory Coast vs. DR Congo live stream. This particular match and the final are also free in the UK, as shown below.A VPN (virtual private network) will simulate your viewing device's location to allow you to stream feeds on international sites you'd otherwise be unable to play. We'll give you the rundown on how to do it below. The VPN we recommend can be used for many other streaming opportunities, as shown in the other guides below.See also: Free Champions League live streams | Asian Cup live stream | Where to watch Six Nations | Super Bowl live streamIvory Coast vs. DR Congo live stream quick links:Access FREE live streams internationally via ExpressVPN (try it risk-free for 30 days)South Africa: SABC (free)USA: BeIn Sports via FuboTV (free trial) / Sling Soccer Pass ($5 per month)UK: BBC3 (free) | Sky Sports via Now TV (£34.99 £26 monthly)Canada, Australia, NZ: BeIn Sports (free trial)When: Today 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT / 4 a.m. (Thur) AWSTHow to watch Ivory Coast vs. DR Congo live streams for free from anywhere As it has with every game of the tournament so far, South African TV channel SABC will show a free Ivory Coast vs. DR Congo live stream today, with no sign-up required. Or, you can also check out the game for free on the UK's BBC iPlayer on BBC3 (you will have to create a free account and sign in for this one, though). Both broadcasts come with English commentary.If you're not physically in South Africa or the UK today,  you'll need a VPN to tune in from outside, as you'll get an error message when you try to hit play on their AFCON live streams.Don't worry. You can push through the block with a VPN and start watching once you set its location to South Africa or the UK, respectively. A VPN virtually changes your devices' location, so apps and websites think you're connecting from servers within those countries, just like the local viewers.Don't have a VPN? There's a fantastic offer right now on the best VPN we've tested and have been using for years for streaming and beefing up our online security. You can pick up ExpressVPN, save 49% on the usual price, and get three months for free. It's the best investment in your sports-watching future if you know you'll want to watch more international sports streams. It's also one of the few reliable VPNs with decent South African servers and has been proven exceptionally reliable with other locations worldwide. If you're unsatisfied with it for any reason, there's a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee.You can learn more about the other features offered with the service via our detailed ExpressVPN review.How to watch Ivory Coast vs. DR Congo with a VPNSign up for a VPN if you don't have one.Install it on the device you're using to watch the game.Turn it on and set it to the streaming service's country.Go to SABC (South Africa) or BBC3 (UK).Watch the Ivory Coast vs. DR Congo live stream today at 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT / 4 a.m. (Thur) AWST.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the UKBBC3 is an option today for a free Ivory Coast vs DR Congo live stream in the UK today. It will also cover Sunday's final but not the third-place playoff game on Saturday.Sky Sports is covering all remaining AFCON games in the UK. You don't have to join a full-on Sky contract, though. The most efficient way to dive in is via their Now TV service, which lets you get Sky Sports on a one-month rolling contract that you can cancel whenever you like, and a single month will cover you through to the final. It's usually £34.99 a month but is currently down to £26. It's considerably cheaper to use the aforementioned VPN route and the free South African broadcast, which is also in English. If you just want today's game and the final, though, the free BBC3 option is the best route for anyone in the UK.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the USAIf you want to watch Ivory Coast vs. DR Congo online in the USA, you'll find it on the BeIN channel. If you don't have that in your current package, you have two options via cord-cutting live TV streaming services.FuboTV has it on its cheapest tier, which includes a seven-day free trial. After that, it's a rather eye-watering $79.99 a month. If you've been meaning to pick up a great live TV streaming service anyway, you might find the overall package worth sticking with.If you want the cheapest option in the US, we've found a super cheap deal of just $5. Yes, five. Sling TV lets you bag its Sling Soccer Pass without signing up for the regular Sling package. So you really can just bag the bolt-on on its own.That's an absolute steal. If you're outside of the US and are thinking of diving in via a VPN, just be aware that you'll need a US payment method to pay for it, but if you can get around that, then the same VPN we mentioned above will let you stream the channel. But if you have a VPN, the free South Africa live stream mentioned earlier is the best option for your wallet.Note: The use of VPNs is illegal in certain countries (such as Iraq, North Korea, Belarus, etc), and using VPNs to access region-locked streaming content might constitute a breach of the terms of use for certain services. Insider does not endorse or condone the illegal use of VPNs.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderFeb 7th, 2024

AFCON: Where to watch free Nigeria vs. South Africa live stream from anywhere

This epic AFCON semi-final clash is the biggest matchup of the African tournament yet. Don't miss out on a free Nigeria vs. South Africa live stream. When you buy through our links, Business Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreNigeria were victorious against South Africa in the 2019 AFCON tournament's quarter-finals.Oliver Weiken/picture alliance via Getty ImagesWe've been showing football fans how to watch free AFCON live streams since game one of the Africa Cup of Nations, and we've got you covered for today's exciting semi-final, too. Wherever you are in the world, you can watch a free official broadcast of the Nigeria vs. South Africa live stream. This option will also cover you for the second semi-final later today, the third-place playoff, and the final at the weekend.We've also looked through the quality paid options in different international markets to see where the best prices are. For example, in the US, it will only cost you $5 to watch the entire tournament via a streaming bundle that includes the required channel, BeIn. If you want to watch every remaining game for free, you'll want to check out SABC, a channel in South Africa. If you're not in South Africa, you'll need a VPN to get around geo-restrictions and enjoy this free Nigeria vs. South Africa live stream.A VPN (virtual private network) will simulate your viewing device's location to allow you to stream feeds on international sites you'd otherwise be unable to play. We'll give you the rundown on how to do it below. The VPN we recommend can be used for many other streaming opportunities, as shown in the other guides below.See also: Free Champions League live streams | Asian Cup live stream | Where to watch Six Nations | Super Bowl live streamNigeria vs. South Africa live stream quick links:Access FREE live streams internationally via ExpressVPN (try it risk-free for 30 days)South Africa: SABC (free) USA: BeIn Sports via FuboTV (free trial) / Sling Soccer Pass ($5 per month)UK: Sky Sports via Now TV (£34.99 £26 monthly)Canada, Australia, NZ: BeIn Sports (free trial)When: Today 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. GMT / 1 a.m. (Thur) AWSTHow to watch Nigeria vs. South Africa live streams for free from anywhere As it has with every game of the tournament so far, South African TV channel SABC will show a free Nigeria vs. South Africa live stream today, with no sign-up required.The main hitch is that you'll need a VPN to tune in outside of South Africa, as you'll get an error message when you try to hit play on their AFCON live stream.Don't worry. You can push through the block with a VPN and start watching once you set its location to South Africa. A VPN virtually changes your devices' location, so apps and websites think you're connecting from servers within those countries, just like the local viewers.Don't have a VPN? There's a fantastic offer right now on the best VPN we've tested and have been using for years for streaming and beefing up our online security. You can pick up ExpressVPN, save 49% on the usual price, and get three months for free. It's the best investment in your sports-watching future if you know you'll want to watch more international sports streams. It's also one of the few reliable VPNs with decent South African servers and has been proven exceptionally reliable with other locations worldwide. If you're unsatisfied with it for any reason, there's a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee.You can learn more about the other features offered with the service via our detailed ExpressVPN review.How to watch Nigeria vs. South Africa with a VPNSign up for a VPN if you don't have one.Install it on the device you're using to watch the game.Turn it on and set it to South Africa.Go to SABC.Watch the Nigeria vs. South Africa live stream today at 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. GMT / 1 a.m. (Thur) AWST.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the UKBBC3 is not an option for today's game, despite them mentioning they would cover both semis at the start of the tournament. The Ivory Coast vs. DR Congo game and Sunday's final will be on the free broadcast channel, but the Nigeria vs. South Africa live stream isn't on the schedule.This game's only official local UK option is via Sky Sports, which means getting your wallet out. You don't have to join a full-on Sky contract, though. The most efficient way to dive in is via their Now TV service, which lets you get Sky Sports on a one-month rolling contract that you can cancel whenever you like, and a single month will cover you through to the final. It's usually £34.99 a month but is currently down to £26. It's considerably cheaper to go the aforementioned VPN route and use the free South Africa broadcast, which is also in English. How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the USAIf you want to watch Nigeria vs. South Africa online in the USA, you'll find it on the BeIN channel. If you don't have that in your current package, you have two options via cord-cutting live TV streaming services.FuboTV has it on its cheapest tier, which includes a seven-day free trial. After that, it's a rather eye-watering $79.99 a month. If you've been meaning to pick up a great live TV streaming service anyway, you might find the overall package worth sticking with.If you want the cheapest option in the US, we've found a super cheap deal of just $5. Yes, five. Sling TV lets you bag its Sling Soccer Pass without signing up for the regular Sling package. So you really can just bag the bolt-on on its own.That's an absolute steal. If you're outside of the US and are thinking of diving in via a VPN, just be aware that you'll need a US payment method to pay for it, but if you can get around that, then the same VPN we mentioned above will let you stream the channel. But if you have a VPN, the free South Africa live stream mentioned earlier is the best option for your wallet.Note: The use of VPNs is illegal in certain countries (such as Iraq, North Korea, Belarus, etc), and using VPNs to access region-locked streaming content might constitute a breach of the terms of use for certain services. Insider does not endorse or condone the illegal use of VPNs.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderFeb 7th, 2024

The best cell phone plans in 2024

The best cell phone plans offer enough data and coverage for your needs at prices that fit your budget. When you buy through our links, Business Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreVerizon's Unlimited Plus and T-Mobile's Essentials are two of the best cell phone plans you can use.Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderAt their core, the best cell phone plans offer enough data for your needs. Beyond that, a plan can also include perks and features that are relevant to you, whether it's a discount for a streaming service, a discounted separate plan for a connected device, or international features. But remember, an ideal plan becomes useless if the carrier that offers it doesn't cover your area well. After carefully researching and considering the best cell phone plans from major carriers and budget providers, we've concluded that Verizon's Unlimited Plus plan is the best overall, as it offers the most data with the best overall coverage at an unmatched value. The best budget option among major carriers is T-Mobile's Essentials plan, which includes a generous amount of premium data for a lower monthly bill that will mean big savings in the long term. Our top picks for the best cell phone plansBest overall plan: Verizon Unlimited Plus - See at VerizonBest budget plan: T-Mobile Essentials - See at T-MobileBest true budget plan: Mint Mobile plans - See at Mint MobileBest international plan: Verizon Unlimited Ultimate - See at VerizonBest overall planVerizon's Unlimited Plus plan offers the best balance of data and coverage for the vast majority of people. It costs $80/month for a single line, but the monthly cost per line is less with every additional line, up to five lines.With the Unlimited Plus plan from Verizon, you get unlimited premium data, so your data speeds won't slow down after you've used a certain amount of data, or when the network is congested. It also includes Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network, which runs on the super fast mmWave and C-band spectrums. Verizon also offers a 50% discount for a single connected device plan, whether it's a connected smartwatch or tablet.On top of core wireless services, Verizon's Unlimited Plus plan includes discounts on various other services. Among them, you can save $9/month on the Disney streaming bundle, which includes Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus, or save $7/month on Netflix and Max. Check out Verizon's website for other perks to pick from. As for international use, the Unlimited Plus plan gets you unlimited talk and text, and 2GB of daily high-speed data (before it's slowed to 3G speeds) in Mexico and Canada. It also allows unlimited talk and text from the US to Mexico and Canada, and unlimited text to over 200 countries. Verizon says video streaming quality on the Unlimited Ultimate plan is limited to 720p, but their fine print says 4K quality is available in 5G Ultra Wideband areas when you activate the 4K streaming option through the My Verizon app or with Verizon's customer service. It also says 1080p resolution can be activated in standard 5G and 4G areas. No other carrier offers as much for the price, and importantly, Verizon generally has the best mixed coverage between rural and urban areas.Verizon Fios internet users who also use Verizon Wireless will also get a discount on their internet service, so it's an especially good choice for Verizon Fios customers.Best budget planWhen it comes to more affordable plans, you forfeit unlimited premium data, and your data speeds will be considerably affected after reaching a certain limit. We hesitate to use the word "budget" here, as this plan could also apply to people who simply don't use their phones away from a WiFi connection very often and don't need to spend much on a plan that offers more data.Among the three major carriers, T-Mobile's Essentials plan easily offers the best deal in the budget category thanks to its generous 50GB of premium data. That means T-Mobile won't slow down your data speeds until you've used 50GB of data, even when the network is busy. Meanwhile, AT&T and Verizon don't offer any premium data in their equivalent budget plans.T-Mobile's Essentials plan starts at $60/month for a single line, with the price per line reducing with every line, up to four lines. If you can manage four or five lines in a plan, $25/month for T-Mobile's Essentials plan is an absolute steal.T-Mobile's Essentials plan includes access to the carrier's full and extensive 5G network, including its Ultra Capacity 5G network (mmWave and C-band) and its Extended Range 5G (Sub-6). Despite the inclusion, it's worth noting that data speeds for Essentials customers may be slower overall than other customers on more premium plans, even before the 50GB data limit. Still, data speeds should be fast enough for pretty much anything you do on your phone, including video streaming and calling. T-Mobile offers unlimited mobile hotspot functionality on its Essentials plan, but only at 3G speeds. It limits you to basic tasks, like emailing, that don't involve video streaming or even loading photos. If you're looking for at least some flexibility to use your phone as a mobile hotspot, AT&T's Unlimited Starter plan will be the better option with 3GB of mobile hotspot at faster speeds, which can better serve you for light use or in an emergency. Finally, T-Mobile offers some international perks with its Essentials plan. You get unlimited texting, $0.25/minute calls in 215+ countries, and unlimited international texting from home. In Canada and Mexico, Essentials offers unlimited talk and text, but up to 128Kbps data speeds, which is so slow you may even struggle with an email. T-Mobile Travel is also included.Best true budget planA "true budget" cell phone plan typically comes from a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which delivers data and connectivity to your phone by piggybacking off a major carrier's network. Plans from these providers offer data at significantly lower monthly costs than major carrier offerings. Overall, Mint Mobile has the best "true budget" options, with prepaid plans starting at $15/month for a range of monthly data, from 5GB to "unlimited" data (40GB). Mint Mobile's plans are an incredible value, especially if you know how much data you typically use per month and can pick a plan with limited data. We recommend starting with Mint Mobile's new customer promotion, which gives you a discounted rate on any of its three-month plans. As we detail in our Mint Mobile review, one of the best things about Mint is its user-friendly app and web-based platform, where you can manage your plan and check how much data you've used for a given month. The overall experience is simpler than major carriers, as it's not as congested with extensive fine print, conditions, features, or perks that you may not want. Mint is an MVNO that runs off of T-Mobile's network. As such, Mint has the same coverage as T-Mobile, which is excellent in cities, many suburbs, and along many highways, but can become limited the further away from populated areas you go. Check Mint Mobile's coverage map to ensure the MVNO covers your area.It's also worth noting that Mint Mobile doesn't include premium data on any of its plans, which means data speeds can be reduced when T-Mobile's network is congested.For other alternatives that offer excellent value relative to the big three major carriers, check out our guide to the best cheap cell phone plans.Best international planWithout adding a separate international add-on plan, Verizon's Unlimited Ultimate plan offers the most overall for those who often travel abroad, make calls abroad from the US, or both. It just edges above T-Mobile's Go5G Next and Plus plans. Most AT&T plans don't include international features and require additional $10/day plans for some of the same international features that are included in Verizon's and T-Mobile's plans.Most major carriers, except AT&T, support unlimited talk, text, and a set amount of data while traveling in 210-plus countries in their plans. Verizon's Unlimited Ultimate plan offers more monthly data (10GB) than T-Mobile (5GB). AT&T only supports 20 Latin American countries if you don't add a supplemental international plan. Verizon's Unlimited Ultimate plans also include 300 minutes/month of calling time from the US to a country of your choice from a list of 140 countries. Verizon charges a country-specific rate for all other countries. AT&T and T-Mobile charge a country-specific rate when calling any country from the US, and don't have the free 300-minute calling option on Verizon's plan.All major carriers support unlimited calling and texting to Mexico and Canada from the US. If you're in Mexico or Canada, AT&T's plans actually offer the most with unlimited talk, text, and the same amount of data as your domestic US plan. Verizon and T-Mobile also offer unlimited talk and text in Mexico and Canada, but Verizon has a 2GB/day data limit, and T-Mobile has a 15GB/month data limit.If you rarely or only occasionally travel or communicate internationally and don't need pricey plans that include international features, you could simply add an international add-on plan to a more affordable plan. These usually range from $5 to $10 per day, which seems pricey in the short term, but they're likely cheaper in the long run, at least for those who don't need international features as often.What to look for in a cell phone planLook for how much "premium data" is included in a plan so you don't get caught out with slow data speeds.Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderThe perfect plan doesn't make sense if the carrier has poor network coverage in your area. The first thing you might do is narrow down your options by figuring out which carrier has good coverage wherever you frequent and use your phone the most. After you've figured out which carriers have the network coverage you need, the core plan features to look for is sufficient data for a worry-free experience when doing anything on your phone that uses data, especially when it comes to scrolling through data-heavy social media apps, video streaming, or video calling. We like plans that offer you the most "premium data'' with no data limits before a carrier slows down your speeds. We also like plans where your data isn't affected when a carrier's network is congested. That way, you can do whatever you want to do on your phone without thinking about the time of day, like rush hours.After that, it's a question of your monthly budget. Pricier plans offer unlimited premium data, but if your budget doesn't allow it, you may have to settle for a plan with a limited amount of premium data. One way to reduce your monthly bill is to join a plan with friends and family, as the monthly cost per line gets lower as more people are on a plan.  The following plan features are more subjective.If you're often working on your laptop away from a familiar or secure WiFi connection, and you use your phone as a mobile hotspot, you'll want a plan that offers as much mobile hotspot data as you need. If it's an incredibly important feature for you, it could dictate which plan you get.If you're often traveling or communicating with friends and family abroad, you'll want to consider a plan's international features. Alternatively, carriers offer international add-on plans at an extra cost on top of your usual monthly bill. You can apply these as you need. Perks are nice add-ons that could tip you toward a specific carrier, as long as that carrier has good coverage in your area. Things like discounts on streaming service bundles, your home internet service, or discounts on separate plans for data-connected smartwatches or tablets could make the difference. Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytFeb 2nd, 2024

Disney Plus price: Plans, cost, and ad tier differences

Ad-free Disney Plus costs $14 a month, which is $6 more than the ad-supported tier. Here's a full rundown of each plan's price and benefits. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreDisney Plus has ad-free and ad-supported plans.Alyssa Powell/Business InsiderThe cost of Disney Plus has gone up a few times since the service launched in 2019, but it remains a competitively-priced streaming option, with plans that start at $8 a month. All members get access to the full Disney Plus library of movies and shows, including exclusive series like "Percy Jackson and the Olympians," new movies like "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny," and a huge back catalog filled with animated classics.The current ad-free Disney Plus price resulted from a $3 increase in October 2023. However, the price of the ad-supported plan remains unchanged. The service also offers discounts if you sign up for the Disney Plus Bundle with Hulu and ESPN Plus. And you get Disney Plus included with a Hulu + Live TV membership for no extra cost.Despite the latest Disney Plus price hike, we think the platform remains one of the best streaming services you can sign up for, especially for families and fans of Marvel and "Star Wars." Even after the increase, the ad-free plan remains cheaper than similar options from Max and Netflix. Below, you can find a full Disney Plus price breakdown for every plan and package.How much does Disney Plus cost? There are a few different Disney Plus prices depending on whether you want to pay on a monthly basis, commit to an annual subscription, or bundle Disney Plus with Hulu and ESPN Plus.Disney Plus price optionsDisney Plus planPriceDisney Plus with ads (monthly)$8/monthDisney Plus ad-free (monthly)$14/monthDisney Plus ad-free (annual)$140/monthDisney Plus (ads) and Hulu (ads)$10/monthDisney Plus (ads), Hulu (ads), and ESPN Plus$15/monthDisney Plus (ad-free) and Hulu (ad-free)$20/monthDisney Plus (ad-free), Hulu (ad-free), and ESPN Plus$25/monthDisney Plus (ads), Hulu + Live TV (ads), and ESPN Plus$77/monthDisney Plus (ad-free), Hulu + Live TV (ad-free), and ESPN Plus$90/monthWhat's included in the regular monthly price? Disney Plus features differ slightly whether you sign up for the Basic plan with ads or the Premium plan without ads. However, you have access to all of the same shows and movies no matter which ad tier you decide on.The Disney Plus Basic plan with ads includes:Ad-supported streaming for thousands of Disney movies and TV showsUp to 4K playback with HDR and Dolby Vision support on select titlesAbility to stream on four devices simultaneouslyAbility to add up to seven profilesThe Disney Plus Premium plan without ads also offers these extra features:Ad-free streamingUnlimited downloadsDolby Atmos immersive sound on select titlesCan you get Disney Plus for free?As of writing, there aren't any active deals allowing free access to Disney Plus, though the platform does often partner with companies like Verizon to offer free plans through other services. We'll update this section if new promotions become available.What is Disney Plus Premier Access?Marvel's "Black Widow" debuted on Disney Plus with Premier Access on the same day it hit theaters.Marvel StudiosThough the full Disney Plus catalog is included with a standard subscription price, Disney occasionally offers early access to select titles that are still playing in theaters for an additional $30 fee. This option is called "Premier Access."The first Disney Plus Premier Access movie was "Mulan," released in September 2020. Disney followed up by releasing "Raya and the Last Dragon," "Cruella," Marvel's "Black Widow," and "Jungle Cruise" via Premier Access during 2021. All of these movies were eventually added to the Disney Plus catalog after about three months in Premier Access.Disney has not announced plans to release any additional Premier Access movies.How does the Disney Plus price compare to the cost of other streaming services? The ad-free Disney Plus price is competitive when compared to similar streaming services like Max, Hulu, and Netflix, but it's more expensive than other options like Paramount Plus, Peacock, and Apple TV Plus. In the chart below, you can see that the ad-free Disney Plus price hovers toward the upper midrange of ad-free plans.Disney Plus ad-free price compared to ad-free competitors:ServiceAd-free priceHulu$18/monthMax$16-$20/monthNetflix$15.49-$23/month Disney Plus$14/monthAmazon Prime Video$12-$18/monthParamount Plus$12/monthPeacock Premium Plus$12/monthApple TV Plus$10/monthDiscovery Plus$9/monthWhat are the Disney Plus bundle options?If you want to watch sports and additional movies and TV shows from non-Disney sources, you can save some money by choosing one of the Disney Plus bundles with Hulu and ESPN Plus.The Disney Plus (ads), Hulu (ads), and ESPN Plus bundle costs $15 a month. You can also bundle Disney Plus (ad-free) with Hulu (ad-free) and ESPN Plus for $25 a month. The bundle can save you more than 40% off the regular combined price of all three services. You can find detailed instructions for bundling different versions of Hulu with Disney Plus and ESPN Plus in our Disney Plus bundle guide.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderFeb 1st, 2024

How to watch Texans vs. Ravens live stream for free in the US, plus options in 250 other countries.

Don't miss the first of the divisional round NFL playoff games today with a free Texans vs. Ravens live stream. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreBaltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson pursued by Sheldon Rankins of the Houston Texans.Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty ImagesThere are just two games between these two teams and an appearance at the 2024 Super Bowl. Will Houston continue their journey towards the Vince Lombardi trophy for the first time, or will Baltimore swoop in for an attempt at win number three? You're just a few clicks away from knowing how to watch the Texans vs. Ravens live stream for free today.This guide covers the US, the UK, and over 250 other countries. If your country isn't supported, we can help you get around geo-blocks to watch the Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens live stream wherever you are. This same method is also an essential trick to unlock even more streaming entertainment.See also: Free Australian Open live stream | How to watch NBA live streams | AFCON live stream | Where to watch Love Island All StarsIn the US, the game will be broadcast on ESPN. If you don't have that channel in your cable package, there are a few ways to pick it up. The cheapest is via a Fubo TV free trial, unlocking the service for seven days. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN Plus, which is only $10.99 a month. Alternatively, Sling TV's blue tier is currently on offer for half-price, reducing your first month to $20. No long-term commitments are required with any of these apps, so you can cancel anytime.Texans vs. Ravens live stream quick links:Access live streams internationally via ExpressVPN (try it risk-free for 30 days)USA: ESPN Plus ($10.99 monthly), or ESPN on Fubo TV (free trial), Sling Orange (first month for $40 $20), or Hulu + Live TV ($76.99 per month)UK: DAZN Game Pass £13.99250+ other countries: DAZN Game Pass - prices varyWhen: Today at 4:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 p.m. GMT / 5:30 a.m. AWST (Sun)How to watch Texans vs. Ravens live streams in the USAThe US Texans vs. Ravens live stream is available via multiple services carrying ESPN. As mentioned earlier, Fubo TV is the simplest option, as you can take advantage of the free trial to enjoy the game. When that 7-day free trial ends, it's a pricey but comprehensive service at $79.99 a month, but you're free to cancel at any time. Hulu with Live TV is $74.99, but there's no free trial period. If you're considering a cheaper cord-cutting live TV service, admittedly with fewer channels, then you'll want to take a look at Sling, specifically its Orange tier, as that's the one carrying ESPN. There's no free trial, but the first month is 50% off today at just $20.If you're not eligible for the Fubo free trial (maybe you've already tried it recently), then the cheapest option is ESPN Plus. There's no free trial, but it's only $10.99 a month, and you're free to cancel at any time. We'd also consider taking advantage of the bundle there that adds Disney Plus and Hulu, as you'll make a big saving over subscribing separately.  These services run on a one-month rolling contract, so you can cancel whenever you like, making them much more appealing than traditional cable's multi-year deals.How to watch Texans vs. Ravens live streams in the UKThe NFL DAZN Game Pass is your home for all remaining playoff games and the Super Bowl for just £13.99, with no long-term commitment required. You're getting authentic US broadcasts, too, so you won't have to worry about C-list UK celebrities joining the panelists for awkward guest interviews during breaks in play. The game kicks off at 9:30 p.m. GMT.How to watch Texans vs. Ravens live streams from anywhereIf you're outside the US and fancy any of the American services mentioned above or are already signed up and just out of the country, a VPN will let you stream from abroad. However, if you don't have a US payment method, you won't be able to sign up for the US versions of ESPN+, Fubo, Sling, or Hulu. So, DAZN is the better option for most folks who are not in the US.The DAZN Game Pass for the season's final games is available at a very affordable rate in over 250 other countries worldwide. Much lower than the cord-cutting services like Fubo and Hulu in the US. If you're not in a supported country, you'll need to use a VPN (a virtual private network) to digitally simulate your viewing device's location to be inside one of the countries with support. We'll walk you through it further down the page.DAZN exists in the US (a great app for live boxing, by the way), but it doesn't have the rights to these NFL games. US viewers can, however, use a VPN to sign up for DAZN Game Pass via another country, like the UK, Europe, Brazil, Japan, and so on, if those low prices are tempting compared to your local options. DAZN has all the remaining games of the season, too, so you won't have to bounce around various networks like you do at home. Need a good VPN? Take advantage of this can't-miss offer on the best VPN we've tested and used for years for international streaming and protecting our online privacy. You can get ExpressVPN, save 49% on the usual price, and get three months for free. If you're unsatisfied, there's a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Want to know more about the app? We've got you covered with a detailed ExpressVPN review.How to watch Texans vs. Ravens with a VPNSign up for a VPN if you don't have one.Install it on the device you're using to watch the game.Turn it on and set it to the UK, Spain, France, Brazil, Japan etc.Go to the DAZN NFL Game Pass site.Sign up and pay £13.99, €13.99, or local equivalent fee.Watch Texans vs. Ravens (+ other remaining games).When: Today at 4:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 p.m. GMT / 5:30 a.m. AWST (Sun).Note: The use of VPNs is illegal in certain countries, and using VPNs to access region-locked streaming content might constitute a breach of the terms of use for certain services. Business Insider does not endorse or condone the illegal use of VPNs.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytJan 20th, 2024

How to watch free AFCON live streams: See every Africa Cup of Nations match

The AFCON live streams vary around the world. Make sure you don't miss a single game, with free and paid Africa Cup of Nations options compared. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreSenegal are the holders after winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2021CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty ImagesIf you're looking for the latest guide on where to watch AFCON live streams for free, we have everything you need. Better yet, we can help to show you how to watch the Africa Cup of Nations for free no matter what country you are in right now.We've also looked through the quality paid options in different international markets to see where the best prices are. For example, in the US, it will only cost you $5 to watch the entire tournament via a streaming bundle that includes the required channel, BeIn. If you want to watch every game for free, you'll want to check out SABC, a channel in South Africa that will show every game. The UK's BBC will show ten games throughout the tournament for free, including the semis and the final. If you're not in the UK or South Africa, you'll need a VPN to get around geo-restrictions. A VPN (virtual private network) will simulate your viewing device's location to allow you to stream feeds on international sites you'd otherwise be unable to play. We'll give you the rundown on how to do it below. The VPN we recommend can be used for many other streaming opportunities, like a free Australian Open live stream.See also: Free Champions League live streams | NBA live stream | NFL live streamAFCON live stream quick links:Access FREE live streams internationally via ExpressVPN (try it risk-free for 30 days)South Africa: SABC (free)USA: BeIn Sports via FuboTV (free trial) / Sling Soccer Pass ($5 per month)UK: Sky Sports via Now TV (£34.99 £26 monthly) | BBC (free - 10 games)Canada, Australia, NZ: BeIn Sports (free trial)Tournament dates: January 13 - February 11Next games:Burkina Faso vs. Mauritania, Jan 16, 9 a.m. ET / 2 p.m. GMT / 10 p.m. AWSTTunisia vs. Namibia, Jan 16, 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. GMT / 1 a.m. AWSTMali vs. South Africa, Jan 16, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT / 4 a.m. AWST Morocco vs. Tanzania, Jan 17, 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. GMT / 1 a.m. AWSTDR Congo vs. Zambia, Jan 17, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT / 4 a.m. AWST How to watch AFCON live streams for free from anywhere If you want access to every single match of this year's Africa Cup of Nations, then South African TV channel SABC has your back, with no sign-up required. The main hitch is that you'll need a VPN to tune in outside of South Africa, as you'll get an error message when you try to hit play on their AFCON live stream.Don't worry. You can push through the block with a VPN and start watching once you set its location to South Africa. A VPN virtually changes your devices' location, so apps and websites think you're connecting from servers within those countries, just like the local viewers.Don't have a VPN? There's a fantastic offer right now on the best VPN we've tested and have been using for years for streaming and beefing up our online security. You can pick up ExpressVPN, save 49% on the usual price, and get three months for free. It's the best investment in your sports-watching future if you know you'll want to watch more international sports streams. It's one of the few reliable VPNs with decent South African servers, too.The same VPN will also let you tune into the UK's coverage of select AFCON games shown on BBC3 and the iPlayer. Coverage is much more limited, though, with only ten games, including the semis and the final. Most of the other games are yet to be announced, but we can confirm the next game is on Thursday with Egypt vs. Ghana at 3 p.m. ET /8 p.m. GMT. We'll update this guide with more confirmed BBC fixtures as they come in.If you're unsatisfied with the VPN, there's a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Want to learn more about the product? Take a look at our detailed ExpressVPN review.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations with a VPNSign up for a VPN if you don't have one.Install it on the device you're using to watch the game.Turn it on and set it to the streaming services country.Go to SABC (South Africa) | BBC (UK).Sign in or create a free login if using the BBC.Watch the Africa Cup of Nations game.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the UKAs mentioned above, BBC3 will show ten select games over the course of the tournament. If you want a direct local feed of every game, the only official UK option is via Sky Sports, which means getting your wallet out. You don't have to join a full-on Sky contract, though. The most efficient way to dive in is via their Now TV service, which lets you get Sky Sports on a one-month rolling contract that you can cancel whenever you like, and a single month will cover you through to the final. It's usually £34.99 a month but is currently down to £26.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the USAIf you want to watch AFCON online in the USA, you'll find it on the BeIN channel. If you don't have that in your current package, you have two options via cord-cutting live TV streaming services.FuboTV has it on its cheapest tier, which includes a seven-day free trial. After that, it's a rather eye-watering $79.99 a month. If you've been meaning to pick up a great live TV streaming service anyway, you might find the overall package worth sticking with.If you just want the cheapest option in the US, we've found a super cheap deal of just $5. Yes, five. Sling TV is letting you bag its Sling Soccer Pass without signing up for the regular Sling package. So you really can just bag the bolt-on on its own. That's an absolute steal. If you're outside of the US and are thinking of diving in via a VPN, just be aware that you'll need a US payment method to pay for it, but if you can get around that, then the same VPN we mentioned above will let you stream the channel.Note: The use of VPNs is illegal in certain countries, and using VPNs to access region-locked streaming content might constitute a breach of the terms of use for certain services. Insider does not endorse or condone the illegal use of VPNs.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytJan 16th, 2024

How to watch Africa Cup of Nations: Live stream AFCON free from anywhere

The Africa Cup of Nations live streams vary around the world. Make sure you don't miss a single game, with free and paid AFCON options compared. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreSenegal are the holders after winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2021CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty ImagesIf you're looking for the latest guide on where to watch the Africa Cup of Nations online for free, we have everything you need. Better yet, we can help you watch AFCON for free online, no matter what country you're in right now.We've also looked through some local paid options and at where the cheapest prices are. For example, in the US, it will only cost you $5 to watch the entire tournament via a streaming bundle that includes BeIn. If you want to watch every game for free, you'll want to check out New World TV, a channel in Ghana that will show every game. The UK's BBC will show ten games throughout the tournament for free, including the semis and the final. If you're not in the UK or Ghana, you'll need a VPN to get around geo-restrictions. A VPN (virtual private network) will simulate your viewing device's location to allow you to stream feeds on international sites you'd otherwise be unable to play. We'll give you the rundown on how to do it below. The VPN we recommend can be used for many other streaming opportunities, like a free Australian Open live stream.See also: Free Champions League live streams | NBA live stream | NFL live streamAfrica Cup of Nations live stream quick links:Access FREE live streams internationally via ExpressVPN (try it risk-free for 30 days)Ghana: New World TV (free)USA: BeIn Sports via FuboTV (free trial) / Sling Soccer Pass ($5 per month)UK: Sky Sports via Now TV (£34.99 £26 monthly) | BBC (free - 10 games)Canada, Australia, NZ: BeIn Sports (free trial)Tournament dates: January 13 - February 11Next games:Algeria vs. Angola, Jan 15, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT / 4 a.m. AWST Burkina Faso vs. Mauritania, Jan 16, 9 a.m. ET / 2 p.m. GMT / 10 p.m. AWSTTunisia vs. Namibia, Jan 16, 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. GMT / 1 a.m. AWSTMali vs. South Africa, Jan 16, 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. GMT / 4 a.m. AWST How to watch Africa Cup of Nations live streams free from anywhere If you want access to every single match of this year's Africa Cup of Nations, then Ghanian TV channel New World TV has your back, with no sign-up required. The main hitch is that you'll need a VPN to tune in outside of Ghana, as you'll get an error message when you try to hit play on their AFCON live stream.Don't worry. You can push through the block with a VPN and start watching once you set its location to Ghana. A VPN virtually changes your devices' location, so apps and websites think you're connecting from servers within those countries, just like the local viewers.Don't have a VPN? There's a fantastic offer right now on the best VPN we've tested and have been using for years for streaming and beefing up our online security. You can pick up ExpressVPN, save 49% on the usual price, and get three months for free. It's the best investment in your sports-watching future if you know you'll want to watch more international sports streams. It's one of the few reliable VPNs with a Ghana server, too.The same VPN will also let you tune into the UK's coverage of select AFCON games shown on BBC3 and the iPlayer. Coverage is much more limited, though, with only ten games, including the semis and the final. Most of the other games are yet to be announced, but we can confirm the next game is on Thursday with Egypt vs. Ghana at 3 p.m. ET /8 p.m. GMT. We'll update this guide with more confirmed BBC fixtures as they come in.If you're unsatisfied with the VPN, there's a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Want to learn more about the product? Take a look at our detailed ExpressVPN review.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations with a VPNSign up for a VPN if you don't have one.Install it on the device you're using to watch the game.Turn it on and set it to the streaming services country.Go to New World TV (Ghana) | BBC (UK).Sign in or create a free login if using the BBC.Watch the Africa Cup of Nations game.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the UKAs mentioned above, BBC3 will show ten select games over the course of the tournament. If you want a direct local feed of every game, the only official UK option is via Sky Sports, which means getting your wallet out. You don't have to join a full-on Sky contract, though. The most efficient way to dive in is via their Now TV service, which lets you get Sky Sports on a one-month rolling contract that you can cancel whenever you like, and a single month will cover you through to the final. It's usually £34.99 a month but is currently down to £26.How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations in the USAIf you want to watch AFCON online in the USA, you'll find it on the BeIN channel. If you don't have that in your current package, you have two options via cord-cutting live TV streaming services.FuboTV has it on its cheapest tier, which includes a seven-day free trial. After that, it's a rather eye-watering $79.99 a month. If you've been meaning to pick up a great live TV streaming service anyway, you might find the overall package worth sticking with.If you just want the cheapest option in the US, we've found a super cheap deal of just $5. Yes, five. Sling TV is letting you bag its Sling Soccer Pass without signing up for the regular Sling package. So you really can just bag the bolt-on on its own. That's an absolute steal. If you're outside of the US and are thinking of diving in via a VPN, just be aware that you'll need a US payment method to pay for it, but if you can get around that, then the same VPN we mentioned above will let you stream the channel.Note: The use of VPNs is illegal in certain countries, and using VPNs to access region-locked streaming content might constitute a breach of the terms of use for certain services. Insider does not endorse or condone the illegal use of VPNs.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytJan 15th, 2024

Sling TV channels: A full list of packages in 2024

Sling is a live TV streaming service with plans starting at $40/month. Here's a complete rundown of all the channels included with each package. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreChannel selection differs depending on what Sling plan you sign up for.Alyssa Powell/Business InsiderSling is one of the best live TV streaming services on the market for essential networks, making it a good option for anyone who wants a cheaper alternative to cable without compromising channel selection. The service has two main packages with over 30 channels each, and they both start at $40 a month.Though it has fewer channels in its base package, Sling TV remains less expensive than competitors like YouTube TV ($73/month), Hulu + Live TV ($77/month), and Fubo ($75/month). You can watch Sling TV on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and many smart TVs from popular brands. Below, we've detailed all the ins and outs of Sling's different channel offerings so you can decide which plan is best for your needs. Be sure to check out our full Sling TV review for detailed impressions, and if you try it and don't like it, you can always follow our guide on how to cancel Sling TV.What channels are included with Sling Orange and Sling Blue?Sling's two main offerings are Sling Orange and Sling Blue. Channels largely overlap between the two plans, but there are a few differences that might push you to choose one over the other.Sling Orange has 32 channels, including several Disney and ESPN networks you won't find on Sling Blue. Meanwhile, Sling Blue makes up for its lack of Disney and ESPN with up to 42 channels, including a collection of Fox-owned and NBC-owned networks like USA and Bravo. Blue also comes with local NBC, Fox, and ABC networks, but only in select markets.Each plan is available to stream for a starting price of $40 a month ($45 in some regions), or you can combine the two for a starting price of $55 a month, giving you access to up to 49 channels. Sling also has genre-based add-ons starting at $6 a month. Each add-on offers a mini-bundle of related channels. There are also several premium add-ons, including Showtime ($10/month) and Starz ($9/month). Sling doesn't offer a free trial, but they have a separate ad-supported "Freestream" service and a frequent 50%-off deal for new members. You may want to compare these deals and services with other platforms that show free movies online.See below for a full breakdown of Sling's channel offerings and add-onsSling Orange ($40/month)SlingThe following channels are included with Sling Orange:A&E AMCAXS TVBBC AmericaBETBloomberg TelevisionCharge!CNNCartoon NetworkComedy CentralComet Disney Channel*ESPN*ESPN2*ESPN3*Food NetworkFreeform*Fuse HGTVHistory ChannelIFCInvestigation DiscoveryLifetimeLocal NowMGM+ Drive-InMotorTrend*Nick Jr.QVC*TBSTNTTravel ChannelVice*Exclusive to Sling OrangeSling Blue ($40/month)SlingThe following channels are included with Sling Blue:A&E AMCABC* (select markets)AXS TVBBC AmericaBETBloomberg TelevisionBravo**Charge!CNNCartoon NetworkComedy CentralCometDiscovery Channel**E!**Food NetworkFox* (select markets)Fox News**Fox Sports 1**Fuse FX**HGTVHLN**History ChannelIFCInvestigation DiscoveryLifetimeLocal NowMGM+ Drive-InMSNBC**NBC* (select markets)NFL Network**National Geographic**Nick Jr.SYFY**TBSTLC**TNTTravel ChanneltruTV**USA**Vice*Sling Blue costs an extra $5/month in markets that include all three of these local channels: ABC, NBC, and Fox**Exclusive to Sling BlueAdd-on bundles (monthly price varies)SlingSling offers two discounted bundles that let you add multiple packages of extra channels to your base subscription. There's also an expanded DVR add-on you can sign up for.Total TV Deal ($21/month) - This bundle includes seven of Sling's extra channel packages: Sports, Comedy, Kids, News, Lifestyle, Hollywood, and Heartland. It also includes DVR Plus. The package features a total combined value of $45, so you end up saving $24 a month with the bundle. 4 Extras Deal ($13/month) - This option gives you four of Sling's most popular extras: Kids, News, Lifestyle, and Comedy. The bundle costs $13 a month, which is about half off the regular combined price of all four add-ons.DVR Plus ($5/month) - Though all of Sling's plans come with 50 hours of DVR storage, you can pay an additional $5 a month to get an expanded 200 hours of space. DVR Plus is also includes in the Total TV package.Sports Extra ($11/month)SlingThe following channels are available in the Sports Extra add-on for Sling Orange:ACC Network ACC Network Extra Longhorn Network ESPNU ESPNewsSEC Network SEC Network+ MLB NetworkMLB Network Strike ZoneTennis ChannelNBA TVNHL NetworkbeIN SportsThe following channels are available in the Sports Extra add-on for Sling Blue:FS2 Golf Channel NFL RedZone MLB NetworkMLB Network Strike ZoneTennis ChannelNBA TVNHL NetworkbeIN SportsBig Ten NetworkEntertainment Extra ($6/month)Roku BlogThe following channels are available in the Entertainment Extra add-on:CMTGame Show NetworkLogoMTVMTV2RevoltTV LandLaffFETVParamount NetworktruTV (already included in Sling Blue)Kids Extra ($6/month)ViacomThe following channels are available in the Kids Extras package:Disney Junior (Sling Orange only)Disney XD (Sling Orange only)NickToonsTeenNickBoomerangBabyTVNews Extra ($6/month)SlingThe following channels are available in the News Extra add-on:CNBC (Sling Blue only)Fox Business (Sling Blue only)NDTV 24x7 (Sling Blue only)HLN (Sling Orange only)NewsNationNewsMaxTVScience ChannelBBC World NewsNews18CGTNLaw & Crime Trial NetworkLifestyle Extra ($6/month)SlingThe following channels are available in the Lifestyle Extra add-on:Oxygen True Crime (Sling Blue only)Cooking ChannelMagnolia NetworkFYIHallmark Movies & MysteriesHallmark ChannelHallmark DramaLifetime Movie NetworkVH1WE TV Hollywood Extra ($6/month)SlingThe following channels are available in the Hollywood Extra add-on:FXX (Sling Blue only)FXM (Sling Blue only)BounceHDNet MoviesREELZHeroes & IconsStart TVGRITSundanceTVTurner Classic MoviesHeartland Extra ($6/month)SlingThe following channels are available in the Heartland Extra add-on:Nat Geo Wild (Sling Blue only)World Fishing NetworkSportsman ChannelAmerican Heroes ChannelDestination AmericaOutdoor ChannelRFD-TVPixLThe Cowboy Channel PursuitGreat American Country FamilyGreat American Country LivingINSPDiscovery Plus ($5/month)Discovery PlusYou can now sign up for Discovery Plus through Sling TV. The service offers access to original programs and favorites from Discovery networks like TLC, HGTV, Food Network, Animal Planet, and more. Ad-supported ($5/month) and ad-free plans ($7/month) are available.AMC Plus ($9/month)Sam Reid and Jacob Anderson in "Interview with the Vampire."AMCAMC Plus is not a live TV channel, but it does give you access to on-demand series and movies. The following on-demand services are available in the AMC Plus add-on:AMC PlusAMCBBC AmericaIFCIFC Films UnlimitedShudderSundance TVSundance NowParamount Plus with Showtime ($10/month)"Yellowjackets" is a Showtime original series.ShowtimeThe following channels are available in the Showtime add-on:Paramount Plus with ShowtimeParamount Plus with Showtime 2Showtime x BETShowtime ExtremeShowtime FamilyShowtime NextShowtime ShowcaseShowtime WestShowtime WomenMGM+ ($5/month)"Top Gun: Maverick."ParamountThe following channels are available in the MGM+ add-on:MGM+MGM+ MarqueeMGM+ HitsMGM+ Drive-InStarz ($9/month)StarzThe following channels are available in the Starz add-on:StarzStarz WestStarz ComedyStarz EdgeStarz Kids and FamilyStarz in BlackStarz CinemaStarz EncoreStarz Encore WestStarz Encore ActionStarz Encore BlackStarz Encore ClassicStarz Encore EspaniolStarz Encore FamilyStarz Encore SuspenseStarz Encore WesternsRetro PlexMovie PlexIndie PlexSpanish-language add-ons ($10/month)Maskot/Getty ImagesFor viewers who want more Spanish-language options, Sling offers a Sling Latino package that costs $10/month, as well as plans with content from specific countries. If you combine two or more, you can save $5 a month. Sling Latino - includes 20 channels México - includes 13 channelsSudamérica - includes 11 channelsCentroamérica - includes 3 channelsCaribe - includes 9 channelsEspaña - includes 4 channelsOther premium add-ons (monthly price varies)FG Trade/GettyThe following channels are available à la carte:Acorn: $7/monthALLBLK: $6/monthBET+: $10/monthCarnegie Hall+: $8/monthCineFest: $5/monthCocina ON: $3/monthComedy Dynamics: $5/monthCONtv: $5/monthCuriosityStream: $3/monthDocurama: $5/monthDOGTV: $5/monthDove Channel: $5/monthDOX: $3/monthFlixLatino: $4/monthGallery: $5/monthGrokker: $7/monthHallmark Movies Now: $6/monthHere TV: $8/monthHopster: $5/monthIFC Films Unlimited: $6/monthKartoon Channel!: $4/monthMagnolia Selects: $5/monthMonsters & Nightmares: $3/monthNoggin: $8/monthOutside TV Features: $2/monthPlayKids: $5/monthScreamFlix: $3/monthShudder: $7/monthSundance Now: $7/monthTasteMade+: $3/monthTrue Royalty TV: $6/monthTumbleBooks: $5/monthUP Faith & Family: $5/monthViX Premium: $7/monthWarriors & Gangsters: $3/monthRead the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderJan 10th, 2024

The best live TV streaming services in 2024

Live TV streaming services let you watch your favorite channels without the need for cable. Here are our top picks to help you cut the cord. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreThe best live TV streaming services offer programming for the whole family, including sports, news, and cartoons.Youtube, Philo, Hulu, Fubo, Sling/InsiderYou don't need a clunky satellite dish or cable box to watch live TV anymore. These days, the best live TV streaming services can give you access to all of your favorite channels without the hassles or lofty fees that come with cable TV. All you need is an internet connection and a smart TV, computer, or smartphone to start watching.But with so many options on the market, it can be tricky to figure out which service is right for your needs. To help you choose, we spent hours testing the best live TV streaming services to narrow it down to our top five picks. Hulu + Live TV is our top recommendation since it boasts 90+ channels and includes on-demand access to Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus. But if you're on a budget, an entry-level service like Philo could be all you need. It's missing local channels and sports networks, but it's only $25 a month.Below, you'll find our full list of live TV streaming recommendations for different needs. Though channel selection and price vary, these cord-cutting services all offer plenty of popular networks to watch. Our top picks for the best live TV streaming servicesBest overall: Hulu + Live TVHulu + Live TV is packed with entertainment for the whole family, including over 90 channels and on-demand access to Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus — all for only a few bucks more than its main competitors. Best budget plan: PhiloIf budget is all you're focused on, Philo offers an unbeatable price in exchange for a limited but decent selection of channels. Best for the essentials: Sling TVSling's individual plans offer excellent value for target viewers looking to save on monthly costs, though its all-inclusive plan falls short of more expensive options.Best cable alternative: YouTube TVThough Hulu's service offers extra on-demand streaming perks, YouTube TV is the best live TV streaming service if all you want is cable content.Best for sports fans: FuboFubo offers a huge catalog of channels that aren't all that popular, but its high price is worth it for fans of sports.Best overall: Hulu + Live TVHulu + Live TV comes with just about everything you could want, including multiple on-demand services.Ahmad Danial Zulhilmi/ShutterstockHulu (ads) + Live TV: $77/month for 90+ channels with up to two simultaneous streams, along with ad-supported Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus on-demandHulu (ad-free) + Live TV: $90/month for 90+ channels with up to two simultaneous streams, along with ad-free Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus on-demandPros: Combines live TV channels with the Disney Plus bundle, one of the few services compatible with Nintendo Switch, offers add-ons like Max and ShowtimeCons: Falls short if you're not a Disney or ESPN fan, missing a few channels like AMC, NBA TV, and MLB NetworkHulu + Live TV is an excellent live TV platform that offers superb channel quantity and quality, along with the added bonus of on-demand access to Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus, which are three of the best streaming services you can get. It's difficult to find a viewer that wouldn't be satisfied by all of these libraries combined, whether you're a news follower, picky kid, or avid sports fan. When it comes to live TV streaming, Hulu's service features unlimited DVR and simultaneous viewing on up to two screens (you can get unlimited screens with a $10 add-on). The app is available on virtually any connected device and is even one of the few streaming services you can get on the Nintendo Switch. Though it may not offer the most channels, Hulu + Live TV has a ton of popular networks that you'll actually want to watch. The lineup included local stations like ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox; kids shows from Nickelodeon and Disney Channel; reality TV from TLC, HGTV, and TruTV; and other cable favorites like TNT, TBS, Paramount Network, and more. Fans of sports can also tune into ESPN, ESPN2, and NFL Network. On the downside, Hulu + Live TV is missing a few extra sports channels like NBA TV and MLB Network that you can get on some rival services. It's also missing AMC, so fans of shows like "Interview with the Vampire," "Mayfair Witches," and "Lucky Hank" will have to look elsewhere.Even with the latest price hike in October 2023, it's hard to deny how much value this package delivers. It's the only cord-cutting service that covers your live TV and on-demand entertainment needs in one convenient subscription plan. And it does all that for around the same price as its direct competitors.Check out our Hulu + Live TV guide and our Hulu + Live TV channel roundup.Best budget plan: PhiloIts offerings are limited in exchange for its low cost, but Philo may be enough for your live TV streaming needs.PhiloPhilo: $25/month for 70+ channels with up to three streams at a timePros: Hands-down the cheapest of any service, free seven-day trial, over 70 channels, includes popular reality and lifestyle networksCons: No local channels, very few news networks, no sports coverage, limited add-onsIf price is your main concern, live TV streaming doesn't get any cheaper than Philo. For only $25 a month, you get over 70 channels with a year of unlimited DVR. In exchange for such a low cost, Philo falls short in a few areas, but it's still an incredible value. The Philo channel catalog is limited but does include some quality content for the right viewer. You can find great lifestyle channels like Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, and TLC, and you get Nickelodeon for your little ones. General entertainment options are also solid with stations like AMC, Paramount Network, and Comedy Central. However, if you're looking for robust news, local stations, or sports coverage, you'll have to look elsewhere since Philo doesn't include networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, or ESPN. The Philo app is available on select smart TVs, most streaming devices, and smartphones. But, unlike most other live TV services, it's not available on any gaming consoles.Philo cuts a lot of corners, but it does so to keep costs low for viewers, making it the best live TV streaming service for shoppers on a tight budget. We suggest browsing the Philo channel lineup if you're in the market for a cheap cable alternative — you might be surprised by how many popular networks you can get for only $25 a month.Check out our Philo guide.Best for the essentials: Sling TVFor just the essentials without any extra fluff, Sling is the live TV streaming service you're looking for.Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderSling Freestream: Over 400 live internet channels you can stream for freeSling Orange: $40/month with around 31 channels and one stream at a timeSling Blue: Starts at $40/month with around 42 channels and up to three streams at a timeSling Orange + Blue: Starts at $55/month with around 46 channelsPros: Affordable plans, features several top channels, up to three simultaneous streams, you can choose to pay less by opting for Blue or OrangeCons: Certain channels are exclusive to either Orange or Blue, Orange + Blue bundle doesn't compare to other streaming services, no option to get CBSSling is the best live TV streaming service if all you need are the essentials without any extra bells and whistles. Though not quite as cheap as Philo, Sling TV allows you to choose between two affordable plans to keep your monthly costs as low as possible, and it includes some key networks that Philo is missing. Sling Orange is intended for the sporty family, while Sling Blue targets news and entertainment viewers. Though pricing varies slightly depending on where you live, each plan starts at $40 a month, making Sling one of the most affordable options on the market. Both plans feature the same base lineup of 25 channels, including popular networks like AMC, CNN, Food Network, HGTV, and Cartoon Network. In addition to that core selection, Orange and Blue each offer exclusive channels gearing them toward a specific kind of viewer. Orange comes with exclusives like ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3, Disney Channel, Freeform, and Motortrend. Meanwhile, Blue comes with channels like NFL Network, FX, Discovery, and TLC, along with local networks like ABC, NBC, and Fox in select cities. If you're interested in getting both lineups, you can combine the two plans with the Sling Orange + Blue package for a starting price of $55 a month. At that price, however, we think you're better off paying a bit more to get the extra perks and additional channels that come with a Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV membership.Check out our Sling TV review and roundup of Sling TV channels.Best cable alternative: YouTube TVYoutubeTV has an excellent assortment of channels and it's the exclusive home of NFL Sunday Ticket.Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesYouTube TV Base Plan: $73/month for 100+ channels with up to three streamsYouTube TV 4K Plus: $83/month for 100+ channels with up to 4K viewing, download support, and unlimited screensYouTube TV Spanish Plan: $35/month for over 30 Spanish networks with three streamsPros: Big library of popular channels, great for household sharing, Spanish plan available, can be bundled with the NFL Sunday Ticket, offers add-ons like 4KCons: Basic features like downloads cost extra, can't compete with the added value of Hulu's on-demand optionsIf you have a big household and all you want is a cable TV alternative, YouTube TV offers the best balance in terms of quantity and quality of live TV channels. Subscribing gives you six household accounts for each member of the family and up to three screens of simultaneous viewing. Everyone even gets their own personal library for unlimited DVR space. The base plan doesn't include 4K (that costs an extra $10 a month), but you can find YouTube TV on just about any smart TV, browser, smartphone, or gaming console. YouTube TV also stands out for having a huge library of popular channels. That includes local networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC; cartoons from Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, and Cartoon Network; sports from ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNews, and NBA TV; lifestyle from TLC, Food Network, Travel Channel, and HGTV; and hit shows from AMC, FX, and Paramount Network.You can even get a Spanish Plan on its own or as an add-on. And YouTube is the exclusive home of NFL Sunday Ticket, which lets you pay to watch out-of-market football games.  YouTube TV is easily one of the best live TV streaming services you can sign up for, and it might even take the top spot in our guide if it wasn't for the extra value that Hulu + Live TV offers with its Disney Plus bundle. But if you're only interested in live cable TV programming, YouTube TV offers everything you could want to watch at a solid price.Check out our YouTube TV guide and our roundup of YouTube TV channels.Best for sports fans: FuboFubo has the widest variety of sports programming out of any service we tested.Sarah Saril/InsiderFubo Pro: $75/month for around 170 channels and 10 screens at a timeFubo Elite: $85/month for around 240 channels in up to 4K with 10 screens at a timeFubo Premier: $95/month for around 260 channels in up to 4K with 10 screens and on-demand streaming via ShowtimeFubo Latino: $33/month ($25 first month) for around 60 channels on up to two screens at a timePros: Huge library of channels, different tiers available for different budgets, optional premium networks as an add-on, tons of sports optionsCons: Some sports channels cost extra, can quickly get costly with each add-on, missing popular channels like AMC, TNT, TBS, and CNNFubo's strongest selling point is its huge library of available channels: Around 170 with its entry-level Pro plan alone, and more included with each tier up. Fubo also comes with 1,000 hours of DVR recording storage, and it stands out for letting subscribers watch up to 10 simultaneous screens at once on one account, albeit for a more expensive starting price than most competitors. Fubo is mostly geared toward sports fans, especially those who want to watch regional channels and international leagues, but be ready to pay for extras. With Fubo Pro, the cheapest plan, you get AT&T Sportsnet, ESPN, ESPN 2, NFL Network, beIN Sports, PFL, Speedvision, Bleav Sports, FS1, FS2, Sportsnews, SEC Network, Motortrend, and more. Other services also offer some of these networks, but Fubo stands out further with specific add-on bundles for MLB, NBA, or international sports fans. These start at an additional $7 a month.But once you start tacking on add-ons, Fubo can start to get expensive. If you go with the base plan at $75 a month and then opt for Sports Plus ($11 a month) and MLB.TV ($25 a month), you're already at a hefty $111 monthly cost. That makes FuboTV one of the most expensive live TV streaming services. While Fubo has tons of specialized sports networks, regional stations, and international options, it is also important to note that it is missing TNT and TBS, which broadcast some NBA and MLB games.Check out our Fubo TV guide.How we test live TV streaming servicesSean Locke / EyeEm / Getty ImagesTo find the best live TV streaming services, we tested several different contenders and narrowed our picks down to the top five. We evaluated several key factors when testing each service, including overall value, number of channels, quality of channels, and extra features.Overall value: Live TV streaming services are much more expensive than your average streaming service, meaning it's even more important to ensure you're getting what you want from your choice. We didn't let a high price tag eliminate a competitor from the running, but if a service was unnecessarily expensive or more expensive than comparable services, we noted that.Number of channels: If you're searching for a cable replacement, you definitely don't want to make huge cuts to your viewing library when making the switch. To measure this, we compared how many channels each plan for each service offered. Total channels are only part of the equation, however, as having hundreds of networks is meaningless if they're not worth watching.Quality of channels: It doesn't matter if you have thousands of channels if you don't want to watch them — so we ensured that our top picks for the best live TV streaming service had shows you'd actually tune in to. That means looking for popular and top channels from household names across a range of genres, including news, sports, family, drama, and lifestyle programs.Extra features: With so many options to choose from for live TV, providers set themselves apart by offering extra perks with their services. We took this into account when testing since the right features can add a ton of value to your subscription plan. Key features we focused on include user profile support, DVR capabilities, 4K streaming, simultaneous streams, and on-demand service bundles. What to look for in a live TV streaming serviceSling TVThere are a few key pros that all of the best live TV streaming services share, but in the end, the best platform for you will depend on your particular needs. Even before starting to shop, we recommend identifying what content you actually care about watching — do you really need to pay for hundreds of channels if you only really care about a few of them? Here are some questions we recommend asking yourself before committing to a subscription.Does the service include a handful of channels for each genre you plan to watch?Does it cater to the kids in your household?Does it offer enough simultaneous screens for the amount of viewers you have?Do you need on-demand streaming included?Will you be able to watch this service on your household devices (smart TVs, consoles, etc)?We helped make the hunt easier by narrowing down to five of the best live TV streaming services above — now it's up to you to figure out which is best for you. Luckily, some offer free trials to give you the chance to sample the goods before committing to a subscription.Live TV streaming service FAQsJGI/Tom Grill/Getty ImagesWhat is live TV streaming?Designed as a replacement for pricey cable and satellite TV, the best live TV streaming services eliminate the need for finicky, company-owned hardware and allow you to watch your favorite live channels with just an internet connection and a smart TV, phone, or streaming device. It's a must-have for cord-cutters who want to catch their favorite programs as they come out, like the news, sports games, or new episodes of your favorite shows. How do you stream live TV?With a live TV streaming service, all you need is an internet connection to start streaming live TV from your computer, smart TV, smartphone, or gaming console. Just download the related app, or open the service's website, log in, and start watching.If you're looking for a new streaming stick, box, or display, check out our guides to the best TVs and best streaming devices.Is live TV streaming cheaper than cable?Live TV streaming services are often more affordable than cable services, with traditional pay-TV providers like Dish, Verizon, and DirecTV offering starting prices that cost more than most of our streaming picks. For cable plans that offer more than the bare minimum, you'll often find costs start to climb past the $100 mark. Not only are they more expensive, but cable plans often tack on extra fees in order for you to use their required boxes and DVR equipment, and some can lock you into lengthy contracts in order to claim certain promos. Cable also offers far fewer features, like smaller DVR storage, no personal accounts, and less compatible devices to watch on.In general, it's safe to say that live TV streaming services give you more bang for your buck. However, it is important to keep in mind that the best live TV streaming services can still get pricey once you start adding on extra channel packages and some upgraded features.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: worldSource: nytJan 5th, 2024

Grandparents messed up and bought the family 70 years" worth of Disney+ instead of a trip to the theme park

Andie Coston told Business Insider that Disney has since rectified the situation. A family accidentally bought $10k worth of Disney+ gift cards, thinking they could be used for the theme park.Chesnot/Getty Images; Olga Thompson/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty ImagesAn Ilinois family mistakenly bought $10,000 worth of Disney+ gift cards, thinking they were for the theme park.In a series of TikTok videos, Andie Coston explained her family's vacation mix-up and asked for advice.Thankfully, Disney has reached out and helped resolve the problem, Coston told Business Insider.An Illinois family's vacation nearly went wrong after they mistakenly bought $10,000 worth of Disney+ gift cards, thinking they could be used for the theme parks.Andie Coston, a 41-year-old social worker, took to TikTok last week to explain the mix-up and ask for help getting the money "in the right form."In her first video — which has since amassed over 3.1 million views — Coston shared that her family had planned to go on a big trip together over Christmas."To save some money, my parents bought 10k of Disney gift cards to purchase our tickets and restaurant reservations," Coston said in the text captions on the video. @aofthecoast Do I have a story for you! PLEASE HELP! Note that the purchaser is not familiar with Disney Plus and did not know the difference! Honest mistake. It is not about the funding of the trip. It is about finding someone who can help us transfer the money into the correct gift card so we can make it to Disney! @Disney Parks @Disney+ @Disney #ohno #fail #disney #disneyworld #disneyplus #disneyfail #help ♬ Oh No - Kreepa However, when her parents faced issues loading the gift cards to buy the park tickets, she realized they had made a mistake, per the video.Coston then showed a thick stack of gift cards on her table and revealed that they were for Disney+, Disney's streaming service, and not the parks, per the video."That's over 70 years of Disney Plus," she said in overlayed video captions. A premium, ad-free Disney+ subscription costs $139.99 a year, per the Disney+ site.She then asked TikTok to help fix the problem, adding that her "mom is distraught, dad frustrated, and the kids worried we won't get into Disney."Coston's initial video blew up quickly, and she received over 7,000 comments from fellow TikTok users. Some users gave her advice on how to solve the problem, while others were skeptical as to how the mix-up could've happened in the first place.In a few follow-up TikTok videos, Coston clarified that the incident happened partially because her parents are 78 and don't use streaming services, so they didn't really understand what Disney+ was.She also clarified in another follow-up video that she couldn't return the gift cards because the numbers were already scratched off.About a day after Coston posted her initial TikTok video, she gave an update that someone from Disney had contacted her parents and offered to turn the Disney+ gift cards into Disney Parks gift cards. @aofthecoast Thank you. ♬ original sound - Andie.ink Coston confirmed to Business Insider that the gift card mix-up was resolved."Disney did call my parents and have rectified the situation," Coston told BI. She also added that she has since heard from many people who have done this or knew someone in the same situation as her."We are so glad it got resolved and I am glad that this is raising awareness for others who may have made the same mistake," she said.Disney did not respond to a request for comment sent by Business Insider.Correction: December 26, 2023: An earlier version of this story misstated the cost of a Disney+ subscription. It is $139.99 per year, not per month.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytDec 26th, 2023

10 Most Expensive Items You Will Find on Amazon This December

The holidays are here! Everyone is getting excited. It’s the time of year where you find time with your family and friends, regardless of how close or far. Additionally, that means presents. You need to get the best present. Moreover, you need a place to buy them from. Amazon is an option. You can save […] The post 10 Most Expensive Items You Will Find on Amazon This December appeared first on 24/7 Wall St.. The holidays are here! Everyone is getting excited. It’s the time of year where you find time with your family and friends, regardless of how close or far. Additionally, that means presents. You need to get the best present. Moreover, you need a place to buy them from. Amazon is an option. You can save money on many items. Conversely, it is also a good choice if you have more money to spend. It’s time to show you 10 of the most expensive items you will find on Amazon this December while also detailing how much each item can cost. Overall, you will find some items that are expensive and pricey yet would make the perfect holiday gift for anyone this month. This list showcases some expensive items that can also fluctuate in price, depending on the value. Subsequently, many of the items on this list are incredibly valuable, making them rare and, therefore, more expensive. If you want to get something expensive for that loved one this holiday season, there are plenty of items to choose from. Therefore, here are 10 items that can get expensive and produce explosive value. Televisions Televisions are among the most expensive items you will find on Amazon. The Price range for high-end televisions:  $5,000-$25,000 High-end brands: LG, Seura, Hisense Example of an expensive product on Amazon: LG 97 Inch Class OLED M3 Signature Series – $29,999.99 Everyone loves big-screen TVs. Amazingly, large TVs can go as much as $1,000 or more on Amazon, as many different brands have expensive models. For instance, there is an 88-inch SmartTV that costs $25,996.98 on Amazon. While people usually are looking for the best deals, sometimes, the higher-value models can provide great benefits to the consumer. Computers and Laptops Computers and laptops, especially big brands, can cost over $2,000 on Amazon. The price range for high-end laptops: $1,099-$7,000 High-end brands: Alienware, ASUS Studio Art, Del Precision Example of an expensive product on Amazon: Dell Precision 7000 – $6,250 Computers and laptops are expensive. Some are as much as $7,000. Gaming laptops take up more RAM and cost more to produce. Therefore, it costs more to buy. Amazon has many gaming laptops available. Therefore, you have many laptops to choose from when looking for the best quality. Nice Couches Couches can be pricey, especially when searching for a lush and beautiful set for your living room. The price range for expensive furniture: $3333-$6550.74 High-end brands: Blackjack Furniture Venice, J&M Furniture, BDI Furniture, and Meridian Furniture Plush Example of an expensive product on Amazon: Blackjack Furniture Venice 8 Piece Sectional Sofa with 4-Power Recliners Couches and other living room sets can be expensive on Amazon. You are usually looking for the best deal. However, high-income earners might care for the best quality over price. There are some sets like the Blackjack Furniture Venice that might be appealing to them. Likewise, they might gravitate to the J&M or BDI brands. Many of these brands are larger and are often the most comfortable. It is also what makes them the most expensive. Statues Statues are a popular choice on Amazon and they can get pretty pricey. Price range for expensive furniture: $5000-$20,000 High-end brands: D’Argenta, Design Toscano, Kunst and Ambiente Example of an expensive product on Amazon: D’Argenta Silver Sitting Lion Statue  -$19,701 People with businesses or large estates love statues. Thus, Amazon is often a good place to start. Large-income earners may love finding high-quality statues that suit their estate. Often, they will go after a D’Argenta or a Design Toscano. These statues look good in front of small businesses, government buildings, and small estates. Moreover, they cost a lot. Statues will set you back a couple grand at minimum. Sports Cards and Memorabilia Baseball cards, and other sports collectables, can be very expensive on Amazon. The price range for authentic and rare sports cards: $5,000-$100,000 High-end brands: Bowman, Prizm, Upper Deck Example of an expensive product on Amazon: Michael Jordan Original Autographed Fleer – $99,999.00 There are plenty of sports-card collectors, as well as memorabilia holders, in this world that are looking for sports cards of the best athletes, including the best football players and baseball legends. Therefore, Amazon offers a fine place for those looking for rare sports cards that they would not normally find at a trading card store. Several famous cards like the Willy Mays 1951 Bowman or a Michael Jordan Original Fleer can fetch plenty of money. Overall, sports cards and memorabilia are a few of the most expensive items you will find on Amazon. Famous Artwork Famous artwork can be exxpensive on Amazon, depending on the rarity and the condition. The price range for high-end artwork:  $200-$700 High-end brands: Canvas and Linen Example of an expensive product on Amazon: Wahoo Art Hand Painted Oil Painting – $602 Artwork is not as expensive as other items on this list. Regardless, it can still cost some extra dough if you are searching hard enough. Amazon offers the Mona Lisa and the Van Gogh at various prices across the spectrum. Moreover, the prices can range between $200-$700, depending on the canvas. Fine Jewelry Fine jewelry, such as rings and bracelets, can cost a hefty sum on Amazon. The price range for fine jewelry:  $1000-$39,340 High-end brands: Houston Diamond District, Goal Tala Diamonds, Larra Pucci, and Diamond Wish Example of an expensive product on Amazon: 14 Carat 14K White Gold Channel Baguette Round Diamond Engagement Ring – $39,340 When looking for an engagement ring, people usually want something that lasts forever and is the best quality. Therefore, Amazon provides some of the best-quality engagement rings, among other fine jewelry. Some rings can go as high as $34,386 or more. Subsequently, other rings and jewelry may cost more. Luxury Watches Expensive watches can fetch a lot of money on Amazon, with some being as much as $78,000. The price range for high-end watches:  $19,000-$78,780 High-end brands: Rolex and Coach Example of an expensive product on Amazon: Rolex Day-Date Platinum Ice Blue Diagonal Motif Dial Men’s Watch – $78,780 High-end watches are among the most expensive items you will find on Amazon. Significantly, many people know about Rolexes. Some Rolexes can get as high as $78,780. Also, there are other expensive brands like Coach. Amazon offers many high-end brands. In the end, buying from these brands means you will pay more. Video Game Consoles Playstation 5 and other video game electronics cost $500 at minimum, while games are as high as $60 and $70 each. Price range for high-end video games:  $200-$1000 High-end brands: Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft and Apple Example expensive product on Amazon: Next Gen Console Bundle – Xbox Series X -$469.00 When the Playstation 5 came out, it sold out quickky, despite the expensive price. Remarkably, it was difficult to even find a Playstation  5 on Amazon. You can find Playstation 5 on Amazon these days, and some of them come attached with a bundle that includes games and headsets. Yet, these items can also be high in value. Video game consoles and games are getting pricier and are among the most expensive items you will find on Amazon. Commercial Coffee-Making Machine Many people make their coffee at home. However, they do not always have the equipment that Starbucks or Coffee Bean uses. Amazon offers that option for a high price. The price range for a high-end espresso machine: $1000-$12,700 High-end brands: FMOGGE, ROLTUN and TERCAN Example of an expensive product on Amazon: Coffee Roaster Machine with Timer -$12,697.49 If you have ever been inside a Starbucks, Coffee Beans, or Peets, you will notice the extensive coffee machines that they use to make your coffee. Significantly, their espresso machines have multiple uses, as they can use them to generate espresso shots, whether it’s one or two or steaming milk. These espresso machines also produce hot water that baristas can use to make teas for customers. Subsequently, the multi-use factor that these espresso machines makes them among the most expensive items you will find on Amazon. Sponsored: Attention Savvy Investors: Speak to 3 Financial Experts – FREE Ever wanted an extra set of eyes on an investment you’re considering? Now you can speak with up to 3 financial experts in your area for FREE. 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Category: blogSource: 247wallstDec 22nd, 2023

The best cell phone plans in 2023

The best cell phone plans offer enough data and coverage for your needs at prices that fit your budget. When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn moreVerizon's Unlimited Plus and T-Mobile's Essentials are two of the best cell phone plans you can use.Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderAt their core, the best cell phone plans offer enough data for your needs. Beyond that, a plan can also include perks and features that are relevant to you, whether it's a discount for a streaming service, a discounted separate plan for a connected device, or international features. But remember, an ideal plan becomes useless if the carrier that offers it doesn't cover your area well. After carefully researching and considering the best cell phone plans from major carriers and budget providers, we've concluded that Verizon's Unlimited Plus plan is the best overall, as it offers the most data and comprehensive coverage at an unmatched value. The best budget option among major carriers is T-Mobile's Essentials plan, which provides a generous amount of premium data for a lower monthly bill that will mean big savings in the long term. Our top picks for the best cell phone plansBest overall plan: Verizon Unlimited Plus - See at VerizonBest budget plan: T-Mobile Essentials - See at T-MobileBest true budget plan: Mint Mobile plans - See at Mint MobileBest international plan: Verizon Unlimited Ultimate - See at VerizonBest overall planVerizon's Unlimited Plus plan offers the best balance of data and coverage for the vast majority of people. It costs $80/month for a single line, but the monthly cost per line is less with every additional line, up to five lines.With the Unlimited Plus plan from Verizon, you get unlimited premium data, so your data speeds won't slow down after you've used a certain amount of data, or when the network is congested. It also includes Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband network, which runs on the super fast mmWave and C-band spectrums. Verizon also offers a 50% discount for a single connected device plan, whether it's a connected smartwatch or tablet.On top of core wireless services, Verizon's Unlimited Plus plan includes discounts on various other services. Among them, you can save $9/month on the Disney streaming bundle, which includes Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus, or save $7/month on Netflix and Max. Check out Verizon's website for other perks to pick from. As for international use, the Unlimited Plus plan gets you unlimited talk and text, and 2GB of daily high-speed data (before it's slowed to 3G speeds) in Mexico and Canada. It also allows unlimited talk and text from the US to Mexico and Canada, and unlimited text to over 200 countries. Verizon says video streaming quality on the Unlimited Ultimate plan is limited to 720p, but their fine print says 4K quality is available in 5G Ultra Wideband areas when you activate the 4K streaming option through the My Verizon app or with Verizon's customer service. It also says 1080p resolution can be activated in standard 5G and 4G areas. No other carrier offers as much for the price, and importantly, Verizon generally has the best mixed coverage between rural and urban areas.Verizon Fios internet users who also use Verizon Wireless will also get a discount on their internet service, so it's an especially good choice for Verizon Fios customers.Best budget planWhen it comes to more affordable plans, you forfeit unlimited premium data, and your data speeds will be considerably affected after reaching a certain limit. Among the three major carriers, T-Mobile's Essentials plan easily offers the best deal in the budget category thanks to its generous 50GB of premium data. That means T-Mobile won't slow down your data speeds until you've used 50GB of data, even when the network is busy. Meanwhile, AT&T and Verizon don't offer any premium data in their equivalent budget plans.T-Mobile's Essentials plan starts at $60/month for a single line, with the price per line reducing with every line, up to four lines. If you can manage four or five lines in a plan, $25/month for T-Mobile's Essentials plan is an absolute steal.T-Mobile's Essentials plan includes access to the carrier's full and extensive 5G network, including its Ultra Capacity 5G network (mmWave and C-band) and its Extended Range 5G (Sub-6). Despite the inclusion, it's worth noting that data speeds for Essentials customers may be slower overall than other customers on more premium plans, even before the 50GB data limit. Still, data speeds should be fast enough for pretty much anything you do on your phone, including video streaming and calling. T-Mobile offers unlimited mobile hotspot functionality on its Essentials plan, but only at 3G speeds. It limits you to basic tasks, like emailing, that don't involve video streaming or even loading photos. If you're looking for at least some flexibility to use your phone as a mobile hotspot, AT&T's Unlimited Starter plan will be the better option with 3GB of mobile hotspot at faster speeds, which can better serve you for light use or in an emergency. Finally, T-Mobile offers some international perks with its Essentials plan. You get unlimited texting, $0.25/minute calls in 215+ countries, and unlimited international texting from home. In Canada and Mexico, Essentials offers unlimited talk and text, but up to 128Kbps data speeds, which is so slow you may even struggle with an email. T-Mobile Travel is also included.We hesitate to use the word "budget" here, as this plan could also apply to people who simply don't use their phones away from a WiFi connection very often, and don't need to spend much on a plan that offers more data. As detailed below, you'll have to stray from major carriers to find the best cheap cell phone plans.   Best true budget planIn the current market, a "true budget" cell phone plan typically comes from a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). MVNOs deliver data and connectivity to your phone by piggybacking off a major carrier's network. Plans from these providers offer data at significantly lower monthly costs than major carrier offerings. Overall, Mint Mobile has the best "true budget" options, with prepaid plans starting at $15/month for a range of monthly data, from 5GB to "unlimited" data (40GB). Mint Mobile's plans are an incredible value, especially if you know how much data you typically use per month and can pick a plan with limited data. We recommend starting with Mint Mobile's new customer promotion, which gives you three additional free months of coverage when you buy any of its discounted three-month plans. As we detail in our Mint Mobile review, one of the best things about Mint is its user-friendly app and web-based platform, where you can manage your plan and check how much data you've used for a given month. The overall experience is simpler than major carriers, as it's not as congested with extensive fine print, conditions, features, or perks that you may not want. Mint is an MVNO that runs off of T-Mobile's network. As such, Mint has the same coverage as T-Mobile, which is excellent in cities, many suburbs, and along many highways, but can become limited the further away from populated areas you go. Check Mint Mobile's coverage map to ensure the MVNO covers your area.It's also worth noting that Mint Mobile doesn't include premium data on any of its plans, which means data speeds can be reduced when T-Mobile's network is congested.For other alternatives that offer excellent value relative to the big three major carriers, check out our guide to the best cheap cell phone plans.Best international planWithout adding a separate international add-on plan, Verizon's Unlimited Ultimate plan offers the most overall for those who often travel abroad, make calls abroad from the US, or both. It just edges above T-Mobile's Go5G Next and Plus plans. AT&T requires additional $10/day plans for some of the same international features included in Verizon's and T-Mobile's plans. Most major carriers, except AT&T, support unlimited talk, text, and a set amount of data while traveling in 210-plus countries in their plans. Verizon's Unlimited Ultimate plan offers more monthly data (10GB) than T-Mobile (5GB). AT&T only supports 19 Latin American countries if you don't add a supplemental international plan. Verizon's Unlimited Ultimate plans also include 300 minutes/month of calling time from the US to a country of your choice from a list of 140 countries. Verizon charges a country-specific rate for all other countries. AT&T and T-Mobile charge a country-specific rate when calling any country from the US, and don't have the free 300-minute calling option on Verizon's plan.All major carriers support unlimited calling and texting to Mexico and Canada from the US. If you're in Mexico or Canada, AT&T's plans actually offer the most with unlimited talk, text, and the same amount of data as your domestic US plan. Verizon and T-Mobile also offer unlimited talk and text in Mexico and Canada, but Verizon has a 2GB/day data limit, and T-Mobile has a 15GB/month data limit.If you rarely or only occasionally travel or communicate internationally and don't need pricey plans that include international features, you could simply add an international add-on plan to a more affordable plan. These usually range from $5 to $10 per day, which seems pricey in the short term, but they're likely cheaper in the long run, at least for those who don't need international features as often.What to look for in a cell phone planLook for how much "premium data" is included in a plan so you don't get caught out with slow data speeds.Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderThe primary, core plan feature to look for is a worry-free experience when doing anything on your phone that uses data, especially when scrolling through data-heavy social media apps, video streaming, or video calling. We like plans that offer you the most "premium data'' with no data limits before a carrier slows down your speeds. We also like plans where your data isn't affected when a carrier's network is congested. That way, you can do whatever you want on your phone with less worry. After that, it's a question of your monthly budget. Pricier plans offer unlimited premium data, but if your budget doesn't allow it, you may have to settle for a plan with a limited amount of premium data. One way to reduce your monthly bill is to join a plan with friends and family, as the monthly cost per line gets lower as more people are on a plan.  The following plan features are more subjective.If you're often working on your laptop away from a familiar or secure WiFi connection and use your phone as a mobile hotspot, you'll want a plan that offers as much mobile hotspot data as you need. If it's an incredibly important feature for you, it could dictate which plan you get.If you're often traveling or communicating with friends and family abroad, you'll want to consider a plan's international features. Alternatively, carriers offer international add-on plans at an extra cost on top of your usual monthly bill. You can apply these as you need. Perks are nice add-ons that could tip you toward a specific carrier, as long as that carrier has good coverage in your area. Things like discounts on streaming service bundles, your home internet service, or discounts on separate plans for data-connected smartwatches or tablets could make the difference.At the end of the day, the perfect plan doesn't make sense if the carrier has poor coverage in your area. You can narrow down your options by figuring out which carrier has good coverage wherever you frequent and use your phone the most.Read the original article on Business Insider.....»»

Category: dealsSource: nytDec 22nd, 2023