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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Antenna Users: Rescan to Keep Getting Free TV

If you're just getting started with free, over-the-air TV, you're in good company. Even many consumers who have switched to streaming video services, such as DirecTV Now or Sling TV, use an antenna for local stations not included with their package. In fact, 1 in 5 U.S. households with broadband internet now use one, according to market research firm Parks Associates.

From the article "Antenna Users: Rescan to Keep Getting Free TV" by James K. Willcox.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Who's Your Buddy? The Evolution of OTT Video Partnerships

Due to the increased competition and number of partnerships, OTT video service penetration will increase by more than 85 million households from 2017 through 2022, Parks Associates has estimated, and volume of subscriptions will increase by more than 140 million.

From the article "Who's Your Buddy? The Evolution of OTT Video Partnerships" by Brett Sappington.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Comcast is totally okay with you not having an Xfinity set-top box

“Pay-TV providers want to retain subscribers, so they want to make sure that you stay inside their ecosystem,” says Brett Sappington, a media analyst at Parks Associates. “If you don’t have a reason to leave their platform—and there’s data to support this—you’re much more likely to stay with that provider. You don’t have to change inputs or change apps on your TV. It’s all just right there.”

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Netflix Subscribers Upgrading To Premium Service Tier

Parks Associates estimates that 30% of Netflix (NFLX) subscribers are getting the premium service tier, up from 21% in late 2017. Meanwhile, the share of subscribers getting the lowest-priced tier has fallen to 27% from 35%, the research firm reported Thursday.

From the article "Netflix Subscribers Upgrading To Premium Service Tier" by Patrick Seitz.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Parks Associates: Nearly a Third of Netflix Subscribers Opt for Premium Tier

Parks Associates Senior Director of Research Brett Sappington pointed out that the services premium tier offers up to four concurrent streams and access to Ultra HD viewing, while the basic option only allows viewing on one screen and SD quality.

“Consumers value access to multiple streams, particularly for popular services, making a premium tier with multiple streams a moneymaker for OTT video services,” Sappington said in comments emailed to CED.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Roku pushes into the audio wars with $200 speakers made just for your television

The firm has built a reputation for inexpensive, simple television accessories and leads Amazon’s Fire TV, Google’s Chromecast and the Apple TV in the U.S. market, according to research company Parks Associates — even though it tends to get overshadowed by those bigger names. Roku said in May that one-quarter of all smart televisions purchased in the United States have Roku software built in, thanks to partnerships with such brands as TCL, Insignia and Hisense.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Roku is Making TV Speakers, But They Only Work with Roku TVS

The idea behind this is that if your TV sounds better, people will stream more, which is the metric Roku cares most about, Klarke says. Roku likes to say that it's the US's number one streaming content system based on streaming hours, which are up 56 percent year-over-year for the company. According to a report from research firm Parks Associates, Roku holds the largest share of streaming media players in households in the US, although Amazon's share has been growing.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Roku pushes into the audio wars with $200 speakers made just for your television

The firm has built a reputation for inexpensive, simple television accessories and leads Amazon's Fire TV, Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV in the U.S. market, according to research company Parks Associates - even though it tends to get overshadowed by those bigger names. Roku said in May that one-quarter of all smart televisions purchased in the U.S. have Roku software built-in, thanks to partnerships with brands including TCL, Insignia and HiSense.

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