Survey: 22% of U.S. Adults Share TV/Movie Streaming Service Expenses With Parents

New data shows a little over one-fifth (22%) of U.S. adults over 18 still share TV/movie streaming service expenses with their parents.

A third (34%) share their parents’ cell phone plan, with more than half (53%) of younger adults ages 18-44 doing so, according to a WhistleOut survey of more than 1,000 adults over 18.

These adults aren’t all free-loaders. In fact, data shows the majority of them (72%) are helping to pay at least in part for the monthly phone bill, and are financially independent of their parents for a majority of their expenses (73%).

Overall, around 54% of adults over 18 in the survey still share common tech expenses with their parents, including phone plans (30%), home internet/WiFi (28%), cable TV (18%), streaming devices (17%), smart home devices (11%) and gaming subscriptions (10%).

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About a third (30%) of Americans think it’s reasonable for adults to stay on their parents’ phone plan as long as their parents will let them, while 22% say it’s only reasonable as long as adults still live with their parents. Still, 21% say adults should get their own cell phone plans as soon as they become adults.

Amazon Bows $1.20 Mobile Video Streaming Plan in India

With 1.33 billion people, India is the second-largest country in the world by population after China. Amazon Jan. 13 launched a new $1.20 monthly mobile-only video streaming plan targeting the country’s 1.1 billion cellphone users.

The service is through a partnership with wireless carrier Bharti Airtel, offering prepaid subs video streaming for 89 rupees ($1.20) a month after a 30-day free trial. The offer also includes 6 gigabytes of data. Airtel has about 300 million subscribers.

“We want to democratize the access to content and through this unique offering reach hundreds of millions of users,” Gaurav Gandhi, director and India head for Amazon Prime Video, told Bloomberg.

Gandhi said that about 85% of Internet access in India is done through mobile devices with 90% of all mobile subs using prepaid plans. Netflix India currently offers a mobile-only plan for 199 rupees ($2.72) while Disney+Hotstar offers basic service for 99 rupees ($1.35).

India’s streaming video market is projected to reach $4.5 billion through 2025, according to research firm Media Asia Partners, which added that local original streaming content approached $700 million in 2020.

Amazon, which reportedly is looking to bid for Italian Serie A professional soccer, is also eyeing Indian Premier League cricket, which Disney Hotstar holds the carriage rights to through 2023.

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