Netflix gain is HBO's loss in subscriber wars

Netflix gain is HBO's loss in subscriber wars
According to a new report from the NPD Group, streaming services have seen a 4% rise in subscribers over the past two years. People can’t get enough Netflix. According to this report, the streaming video service and others like it have been gaining subscribers as premium pay networks like HBO and Showtime have been losing them. The NPD Group, a global information company, says over the past two years, the number of households subscribing to premium networks has fallen by 6%. Online streaming subscriptions, however, have risen by 4%, according to their report.
According to the report, in August 2013, 32% of American households paid for premium networks like HBO or Showtime and 27% subscribed to ondemand digital services. While Netflix is the most widely used service, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime are gaining in popularity. “It’s fair to say … that some of the shift that you’re seeing is probably caused by Netflix,” Russ Crupnick, a senior vice president of the NPD Group told the Los Angeles Times. “Some of this could be caused by the economy. It could be people looking at their cable bills and saying, ‘I can’t afford this.’”


QUESTIONS READING COMPREHENSION

[1] FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS, ANSWER QUESTIONS A, B, C
A. Answer the following question using your own words. (10 to 20 words) (1 point).
What is the main idea in the report from the NPD Group?

B. Are the following statements true or false? Indicate the line(s) in the text supporting your choice (1.5 points as a whole: 0.5 each).
B1. HBO is gaining subscribers.
B2. Premium networks subscriptions have decreased in the last two years.
B3. Nowadays Netflix is hardly used.
C. Choose a, b or c in the question below. Only one choice is correct (0.5 points as a whole).
Amazon Prime…
a) has to do with horses.
b) is becoming popular.
c) is unknown.
[2] COMPLETE TASKS a, b, c, d ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN
a) Complete: If I had access to Netflix I …
b) Put into the passive: Netflix has offered cheap subscriptions.
c) Transform into reported speech: ‘Some of this could be caused by the economy.’ Begin with: It was noted that …
d) Write a question for which the underlined words are the answer: The number of households subscribing to premium networks has fallen.
[3] VOCABULARY
Find one word in the text for each of the following meanings:
a) a business enterprise
b) favour of the general public
Find synonyms in the text for each of the words below:
c) increase
d) honest
e) charges
[4] WRITE ABOUT THE FOLLOWING TOPIC USING BETWEEN 100-120 WORDS
How do you like to have on-demand offerings to watch movies or TV shows?

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