The answer to this question has budgetary implications given how the cost differential between the platforms. If you are a millennial, your top four platforms, based on a recent survey, are:

  • Netflix
  • Cable TV
  • Hulu
  • Amazon Prime

Hat tip to VisualCapitalist for this infographic: 


Questions for your students:

  • What are your two favorite platforms to watch television? How about your parents/guardians?
  • What are top rated platforms for millennials? for non-millennials? How do they differ?
  • What is the relationship between the stock price for Netflix and hours of TV watched? How would you explain that relationship?
  • Pick one of the top 5 platforms (Netflix, Cable TV, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Apple TV) and do a pros/cons analysis. Be sure to include the cost of the service in your analysis. Use your local Cable operator and a standard cable package for your analysis.
  • If you currently have cable TV, devise a strategy that might allow you to “cut the cord” and determine the costs of your current service and your new strategy.


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