Welcome back to Subscriptions Weekly, where the latest trends and updates on everything subscription and payments related are served with a side of fun. First up on our radar, we've got Google Pay taking a graceful bow in the U.S.; streaming revenue is set to steal the spotlight from pay TV subscriptions, and the streaming saga doesn't end there because 2023 saw a wild game of streaming hopscotch. Last but definitely not least, we've got Tabby strutting onto the scene with a game-changing subscription service. 

Google Pay takes a bow

Google Pay is retiringin the U.S. this year. Google announced the news in a blog post, saying they wanted to simplify things. Instead, Google's suggesting folks use Google Wallet, especially if you're on Android. Read more on Payments Dive

Grab the remote: streaming's taking the lead over pay TV subscribers

Streaming is about to take over pay TV in the U.S. According to Ampere Analysis, by the third quarter of 2024, streaming revenue is expected to surpass pay TV subscription revenue for the first time ever. It's been a long time coming; streaming subscriptions actually surpassed pay TV back in 2016 in terms of subscribers, but the money side of things is finally catching up. Read more on The Hollywood Reporter.  

Subscribers played a game of streaming hopscotch in 2023

According to a report from Antenna Research, last year saw the weakest growth in streaming subscriptions since the pandemic began. Despite this slowdown, the total number of subscriptions still reached a hefty 242.9 million by the end of 2023. But here's the twist: a good chunk of those who canceled ended up coming back. Read more on Forbes.

Tabby's new subscription service says 'yes' to more BNPL

Tabby, the shopping and financial services app making waves in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE, just dropped a new subscription service. With over 600,000 Tabby Cards already in circulation in the UAE, this new subscription service allows customers to make daily purchases like groceries, utilities, fuel, and food delivery apps, anywhere Visa is accepted. Read more on PYMNTS.

The rise of click-to-cancel is here to make things simple

You know that annoying feeling when you're trying to cancel a subscription, but it seems like the company is doing everything it can to keep you roped in? Well, there's some buzz about a proposed solution called the "click-to-cancel" button. The idea is to make ending a subscription as easy as starting one, which could save us all a lot of time and frustration. Read more on Digital Transactions

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