Chart of the Week: What Are Your Two Favorite Platforms for Watching "Television?"

Apr 19, 2017
Budgeting, Research, Payment Types, Purchase Decisions, Current Events, Chart of the Week


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.


Looking for a budgeting activity to engage your students? Here’s our most popular one (Create: A Salary Based Budget) in which your students will learn first-hand what it costs to be an adult.

About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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