Media Industry Faces Shake-up as Competition Increases: The Letter

The media industry has faced changes in technology, the advertising market and streaming wars that have created disruption and uncertainty.

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The media industry is in turmoil. The television business is getting whacked by cord-cutting, a weak advertising market and streaming wars that have cost billions and led to intense competition. Things will get worse before they get better.

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  • As a close alternative to cable, check out cable-like online options with live channels, such as YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV and Fubo. 
  • Consider free online options that show TV with ads. Decent, though limited, replicas of cable may include Pluto TV, Roku, Tubi, Freevee, Plex, Xumo Play and more. 
  • Don’t forget about old-fashioned antennas that can get over 50 high-definition channels for free. Good ones cost $20 to $130.

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John Miley
Senior Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter

John Miley is a Senior Associate Editor at The Kiplinger Letter. He mainly covers technology, telecom and education, but will jump on other important business topics as needed. In his role, he provides timely forecasts about emerging technologies, business trends and government regulations. He also edits stories for the weekly publication and has written and edited e-mail newsletters.

He joined Kiplinger in August 2010 as a reporter for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, where he wrote stories, fact-checked articles and researched investing data. After two years at the magazine, he moved to the Letter, where he has been for the last decade. He holds a BA from Bates College and a master’s degree in magazine journalism from Northwestern University, where he specialized in business reporting. An avid runner and a former decathlete, he has written about fitness and competed in triathlons.