Tuesday, March 22, 2016

End Of A Device: ESPN, Verizon Remove Xbox 360 App Support

The move by both ESPN and Verizon is interesting in light of the fact that gaming consoles are still very popular devices for streaming media, according to Parks Associates. The Xbox console outpaced Sony PlayStation as the most-used streaming device, in fact.

From the article "End Of A Device: ESPN, Verizon Remove Xbox 360 App Support" by Samantha Bookman.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What Can Yahoo's Online Video Assets Do For Verizon?

Distributing its video out to its various websites could be a boon to Yahoo. Parks Associates' Brett Sappington predicted that traditional magazines may make a leap to presenting their content via online video platforms, going one step beyond the current trend of putting select videos onto their main websites. Yahoo is in a good position to present its own video magazines -- competing directly with stalwarts like Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and Cosmopolitan, should t more

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Too Big To Fail? Virtual Reality Gets Big Push From Content, Cable Providers

Virtual reality is not 3D TV: that's the consensus in the wake of the Consumer Electronics Show, where the technology got plenty of attention thanks to a heavy hype cycle. The reason certainly isn't hype, a new FierceCable special report says -- companies like Facebook are investing billions of dollars in VR.

"I'm a converted skeptic -- there's just too many big companies involved in it now spending real money for it to be hype," said Parks Associates Senior Analyst Brett Sa more

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

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