Review: are subscription services like Disney+ and Britbox worth it? | The Sunday Times Magazine


How many subscriptions do you have? The last time I checked, I had a lot. For music I have Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music; for film and television it’s Netflix, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime and Sky.

Then there are the games, including Apple Arcade and Xbox Live Gold, and even my doorbell, which has a camera I can access via my smartphone, letting me see who is on my doorstep — for a fee.

And that’s before I start counting the weird and wonderful: monthly deliveries of chocolate, wine and, at one point, socks. Yes, really.

It’s not because I’m addicted, I promise, but because that’s the way the world is heading. We have become a nation of subscribers.

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