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Friday, July 31, 2020

HBO Max: Everything to know about HBO's bigger, newer streaming app

But two crucial streaming devices don't have HBO Max. Neither Roku nor Amazon Fire TV devices support HBO Max, even though those devices represent the vast majority of streaming devices in the US. Researcher Parks Associates estimated that nearly 70% of installed streaming TV devices in the country were either Roku or Amazon Fire TV products last year, and the companies have more than 80 million active users between them.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

US Cloud Gaming Market Aims to Generate Nearly $3 Billion in Annual Subscription Revenue

New research from Parks Associates finds the US cloud gaming market could generate nearly $3 billion in annual subscription revenue, as 30 percent of US broadband households currently express interest in this service. In Cloud Gaming Demand and Preferences, the research reports 74 percent of US broadband households to play video games for at least one hour per week. Gamers play for an average of 22 hours per week, a number skewed towards massive gamers, and PC gaming shows the m ...read more

Thursday, July 23, 2020

HBO Max: Everything you need to know about HBO's bigger streaming app

But two crucial streaming devices don't have HBO Max apps. Neither Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices supported HBO Max, even though those devices represent the vast majority of streaming devices in the US. Researcher Parks Associates estimated nearly 70% of installed streaming-TV devices in the country are either Roku or Amazon Fire TV products last year, and the companies have more than 80 million active users between them.

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Finally: Every Baseball Team’s Sports Network Is Available On At Least One Streaming Service

As YouTube TV’s recent rate hike shows, these services themselves are not immune to rising programming costs. And the same traits that make streaming much less customer-hostile than cable or satellite—the absence of long-term contracts and rented hardware to set up and then return—also make them easy to leave.

Hence, the research firm Parks Associates estimated at the end of June that 41% of streaming customers churned out of one service or another in the second quarter of 2 ...read more

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

NBC’s video service Peacock stresses ‘free,’ looks to 2021

Quibi hasn’t gained much traction, according to an analysis of its app downloads and conversions from a three-month free trial by Sensor Tower. Apple does not release subscriber data. HBO Max did not reply to a question about its subscriber count since launch. Its owner, AT&T, reports financial results next Thursday. HBO Max’s debut was “rocky at best,” said Parks Associates analyst Jennifer Kent in an email, because of confusion over the various WarnerMedia HBO apps — Go, Now, ...read more

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Why HBO Max, Peacock Are Deadlocked in Talks With Roku and Amazon

The OTT platforms’ leverage is real. Both say they have more than 40 million active accounts (and growing). “Amazon and Roku are beginning to play hardball with a lot of these services,” says Parks Associates analyst Kristen Hanich. “They’re a lot more powerful than they were three years ago.”

Indeed, the channel-aggregation biz has become lucrative for Roku and Amazon. According to Amazon, almost 5 million HBO subscribers access the service through Prime Video Channels. Ove ...read more

Friday, July 10, 2020

NBC’s Peacock Is Ready to Fly, But Roku and Amazon May Clip Its Wings

But as Peacock prepares to roll out nationwide on July 15, the app is still missing some key distribution partners. NBC has yet to reach agreements to offer the service through Roku and Amazon Fire TV, which together control about 70% of the U.S. streaming-TV-device market, according to Parks Associates. Roku alone currently has about 40 million active users. Peacock has also yet to announce a deal with the second-largest U.S. internet provider, Charter Communications Inc.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

OTT churn increases in US during pandemic

According to Parks Associates, an increasing number of US broadband households cancelled at least one OTT subscription in the early part of the year, with a significant number also utilising the free trials offered by streamers during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than two in five households have tried out an OTT service’s free trial during the crisis, with 8% trialling four or more.

Of households that signed up to a service during the pandemic, 49% subscribed to Disney ...read more

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