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 more

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Your Smart Light Can Tell Amazon and Google When You Go to Bed

This information may seem mundane compared with smartphone geolocation software that follows you around or the trove of personal data Facebook Inc. vacuums up based on your activity. But even gadgets as simple as light bulbs could enable tech companies to fill in blanks about their customers and use the data for marketing purposes. Having already amassed a digital record of activity in public spaces, critics say, tech companies are now bent on establishing a beachhead in the hom more

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Best Buy Acquires Senior-Focused Device Maker for $800 Million

Companies such as Google, Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. are also competing for the market, fueled by compelling demographics. By 2020 about 45 million Americans will be caring for 117 million seniors, spending on everything from food delivery to safety and health monitors. Research by the AARP and consultants Parks Associates found that caregivers will spend an average of $509 annually for each person they tend to by 2021, a 69 percent increase from 2016.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Walmart Beat Netflix and Amazon to Video on Demand But Still Lost

While Walmart sits on the streaming sidelines, the competition is moving on. Netflix’s subscription-based approach -- featuring cutting-edge, exclusive content such as “House of Cards” and “Stranger Things” -- has been on a global-growth tear. Amazon’s spending billions on its own programming to catch up while offering hit shows from HBO and Showtime. And Disney is planning its own streaming service, which will debut in 2019.

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