A lot is happening with consumer subscriptions! Borrow a Tesla for a flat monthly fee, GTA and PlayStation join the subscription world, get monthly Pokémon tees delivered to you via Amazon, and more.
NBC’s Peacock and MLB closing in on streaming deal
Pending a deal between the MLB and NBCUniversal, you may be able to stream 18 games starting in May on Peacock, which costs $9.99 a month. MLB also signed a deal with Apple TV+ this week to stream Friday night games. Learn more from The New York Times.
Autonomy brings ability to lease Teslas to the Bay Area
If you haven’t heard of Autonomy, now’s the time. It’s an electric vehicle subscription company that makes it easy and affordable to lease a Tesla Model 3. The company just expanded its pick-up locations to San Jose and San Francisco. Subscribers can reserve the Model 3 via for “a flat monthly payment of $490 and $4,900 start payment or $1,000 a month and as low as $1,000 start payment,” plus a refundable security deposit. Read more on PR Newsire.
Amazon just increased its Prime membership fee, again
After a 16% price hike, existing Prime members must now fork over $139 annually or $14.99 monthly to continue with free 2-day delivery. New customers have been paying this price since mid-February. Learn more on Business Insider.
Gamers, GTA Plus is a brand new subscription service you’ll love
For only $5.99 a month, GTA Online PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X players can get access to exclusive perks like GTA$500,000 added to your Maze Bank Account, free upgrades, waived membership fees, and more. Read more on The Verge.
Amazon debuts a Pokémon T-Shirt Club
Adding to its list of branded subscriptions (i.e. Marvel, DC, and Star Wars), Pokémon fans can now sign up for a monthly subscription to don specially-designed shirts. The subscription service stands at $19.99 a month with free shipping in the United States. Learn more on Dotes Sports.
PlayStation Plus subscription coming in June
PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now are joining forces to create three new subscription tiers for gamers globally. Essential, Extra, and Premium offer different levels of benefits, such as a set amount of monthly downloadable games, exclusive discounts, cloud storage, and more. In the U.S., the PlayStation Plus Essential tier starts goes for $9.99 monthly, $24.99 quarterly, or $59.99 annually. Read more on the PlayStation Blog.