Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Innovations In Content Discovery, Quality Key To Improving Users' Streaming Media Experience

As the lines between device makers, network operators, and content providers blur, the user experience has become more critical both as a point of competitive differentiation and a way to increase customer satisfaction. Fast and intuitive navigation and search, picture quality, and broadband performance are all major components of the user experience. New features such as convenience services and natural device communication methods continue to drive innovation forward.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Competition, Consolidation, And… Cosmo? A Look At OTT's Year To Come

Parks Associates Director of Research Brett Sappington told FierceOnlineVideo that the content issue means that OTT will continue to see a lot of churn in 2016 as consumers "stack" services, adding and dropping SVOD (subscription video on demand) or AVOD (ad-supported video on demand) services to get the lineup they want. "Right now we're seeing most people take Netflix and then kind of add to that, and churn through some other services to find the mix of services that they want more

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Consumer frustration just one factor leading to video content piracy

Younger consumers are more likely to access OTT video services through an account paid by someone living outside the home, commonly adult children using their parents' account information after moving out of the house. Younger consumers also have a higher tendency to watch video online than their older counterparts, partially contributing to their tendency to swap credentials. Motivation to pay for legitimate services appears low, with one particular respondent in a Parks Associ more

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Kraus: Streaming media market competes for consumers' attention, dollars

Since the launch of Apple TV in 2007, the streaming media player industry has continued to grow, impacting the traditional pay-TV and video landscape along the way. Industry players now find themselves in a highly competitive environment, requiring continuous innovation and compelling value propositions to increase both their user base and market share.

From the article "Kraus: Streaming media market competes for consumers' attention, dollars" by Barbara Kraus.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

MLB, WWE Network shift into high gear in SVOD rankings

Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Hulu may be well-entrenched as the top three subscription video on demand services in the U.S., but the scrum for higher ranking amid the top-ten services is continuing, with MLB.TV and WWE Network holding the fourth and fifth spots, according to a new report from Parks Associates.

NFL Game Pass also made the top-ten list, coming in behind HBO Now and Crunchyroll at number eight. The Blaze and Sling TV rounded out the list in more

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Roku, Chromecast top streaming device purchases, usage, research firms find

Online video streaming devices are present in 21 percent of U.S. homes, a 13 percent increase over the past year, new research from The Diffusion Group has found. Further, a Parks Associates study revealed that four brands make up 86 percent of all streaming devices sold: Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Roku.

"Roku continues to lead streaming media device sales in the U.S. with 34 percent of units sold in 2014. Google is second with 23 more

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Understanding new video formats: multichannel networks, Web series, eSports

Connected entertainment is creating a whole new world for Internet video. Initially a web-based medium to share individually recorded and animated videos, Internet video has expanded beyond early viral sensations to include professionally produced premium content available on the Internet through a variety of apps and platforms. Additionally, Internet video consumption is no longer limited to websites accessed through a PC browser -- increasing adoption of connected devices has more

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Netflix will succeed in Japan, but China is a whole other ballgame

And Netflix can rely on its subscribers: A new Parks Associates study shows that its level of churn, about 9 percent of its U.S. subscriber base, is much lower than that of its closest competitors, who see as much as 50 percent of their subs jump off the boat after trying their SVOD services.

Challenged by rising content costs and a commitment to continued global expansion--as well as pursuing global content rights for all of its titles--Netflix will eventually need to jack more

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