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Friday, October 22, 2021

Netflix Is Winning Streaming’s Own ‘Squid Game’

Netflix has been criticized for not having enough enduring franchises like Marvel and Star Wars. Having those would certainly aid its efforts to expand into merchandise licensing, which is one of Walt Disney Co.’s highest-margin businesses. Still, while those franchises may have helped Disney+ get a lot subscribers out of the gate, its narrow focus could also limit the ultimate size of its subscriber base. Even for viewers who favor a specific genre, the overwhelming majority of ...read more

Monday, April 05, 2021

Fox News Takes on Late-Night Comedy With Right-Leaning Show

“The country is divided, almost in half,” said Steve Nason, research director at Parks Associates, a market-research firm. “There’s certainly a place for other perspectives.”

From the article "Fox News Takes on Late-Night Comedy With Right-Leaning Show" by Chris Palmeri

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Netflix Investors, We Need to Talk About Churn

Sure enough, this has spurred a lot of “hoppers,” or consumers who cancel and re-subscribe repeatedly to many different apps. Netflix releases a new season of “Cobra Kai,” so they binge that one month, then switch to whatever’s on Disney+ for the next billing cycle. As of the third quarter, 61% of U.S. households subscribed to two or more streaming services, while a third of hoppers subscribed to five or more, according to industry researcher Parks Associates. But 17% of hoppers ...read more

Thursday, October 01, 2020

Quibi’s Slow Start Puts Pressure on Katzenberg to Boost Cash

One important variable will be Quibi’s churn rate, the percentage of subscribers who drop the service each year. If it tracks closer to that of Netflix, often estimated to be less than 10% annually, the company will face much less fundraising pressure. If it tracks closer to last year’s industry average of 35%, according to researcher Parks Associates, Quibi’s problems would grow significantly. By 2030, the company could be facing a shortfall of greater than $10 billion.

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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, January 14, 2020

Fox News Streaming Service Seeks Broader Audience With Hunting and True-Crime Shows

Finding the right streaming formula is a key test for Fox, even if it’s still early days. Fox Nation currently has 200,000 to 300,000 subscribers, according to research firm Parks Associates. (Compare that with the more than 3 million viewers that Hannity draws.) But the service is an opportunity to both find new customers and prepare for the future of TV.

From the article "Fox News Streaming Service Seeks Broader Audience With Hunting and True-Crime Shows" by Gerry Smith.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Netflix, HBO and Cable Giants Are Coming for Password Cheats

The pay-TV industry is projected to lose $6.6 billion in revenue from password sharing and piracy this year, according to Parks Associates. By 2024, the number could grow to $9 billion, the research firm said.

From the article "Netflix, HBO and Cable Giants Are Coming for Password Cheats by Gerry Smith.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

The Streaming Video-on-Demand War Is Going to Get Bloody

Brett Sappington, an analyst with Parks Associates, a market research and consulting company, says that though annual cancellation rates among traditional cable and satellite distributors hover around 4%, surveys of consumers show that churn rates at streaming services tend to be significantly higher. Netflix, which has the lowest turnover rate of any streaming service, still loses about 7% of its existing subscribers each year, he says. It goes up from there. “The newest servic ...read more

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