Even so, TV-curious tech companies keep trying. In recent years, Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon.com have considered taking a crack at the market. “In the next six months, we’re going to see a major bake-off,” says Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates Inc.
From the article "Can YouTube TV Get You to Cut the Cord for $35 a Month?" by Felix Gillette.
The milestone puts Sling TV ahead of Time Warner Inc.’s HBO Now in total subscribers, according to Brett Sappington, an analyst with Parks Associates, which bases its information on consumer surveys and mobile data. Dish has never disclosed Sling’s subscriber number and spokesman Bob Toevs declined to comment. Bloomberg Intelligence estimates Sling had 671,000 subscribers at the end of June.
From the article "Dish’s Sling Seen Passing 1 Million Users in Cord-Cutting Race" by ...read more
WWE has been at the forefront of the media industry’s attempts to establish a business providing programming straight to viewers, without an intermediary like cable or satellite networks, while still maintaining lucrative TV deals. The company made all its content, including live events, available on the internet to paid subscribers in February 2014. Last year, WWE Network was the fifth-largest streaming service by subscriber volume, beating even HBO Now, according to Parks Asso ...read more
Netflix had been considered relatively immune to price increases because a high percentage of its customers say they are very satisfied with the service. Just 9 percent of Netflix's customer base had canceled the service in the prior year -- a ditch level lower than other major video services including Amazon, according to research from Parks Associates.
From the article "Netflix's Distracting Buffering" by Shira Ovide.
In Spain, about three-fourths of residents have high-speed Internet. About half subscribe to broadband but not pay-TV, compared with about 16 percent in the U.S., according to the research firm Parks Associates. Spanish residents also showed high awareness of HBO, Sutton said.
Yet HBO will face competition in Spain. At least eight streaming video services already exist in the country, including from Telefonica SA, the dominant telecommunications provider, and Netflix, which ...read more
Congratulations! The app on your health device says your blood pressure is back to normal! Are you sure you’re the only one that knows about this?
According to a recent research by Parks Associates, approximately 23 percent of consumers have privacy and security concerns about using connected health devices and fitness tracking devices. Nearly 35 percent of consumers were concerned that their personal health information won't remain confidential online, the study said. In th ...read more
Fitbit makes wristbands, digital scales, and other devices that track activity like steps taken in a day, heart rate, and - - through a mobile application -- calories consumed. Its market is dominated by female customers: 68 percent of Fitbit owners were women in the second-quarter of 2014, according to the most recent data from Parks Associates.
From the article "Fitbit Counts on Women as Customers Just Not Board Members" by Alexa Liautaud.
“These new deals represent an extension of our evolving strategy in terms of how we monetize our content,” CBS President Leslie Moonves said during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call.
Sony Corp. has said it plans to introduce an Internet-based TV service called PlayStation Vue. HBO is expected to roll out its stand-alone streaming service this year. It’s not disclosed what the monthly charge will be.
HBO going out on its own, making “Game of Thrones” and other po ...read more