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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Walmart-Vudu Match Up: An End-Run Around Cable

Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other service providers have been loath to acknowledge growing threat of Internet-bypass services via video game consoles, IPTVs and other connected devices which Parks Associates analysts identify as a major 2010 trend.

Revenues generated from Internet-connected VOD will near $1 billion this year and top $3.6 billion by 2014, comprising 40 percent of all premium online video transactions projected to top $8 billion, Parks says.

The share of act ...read more

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Is Hulu Overtaking YouTube?

Kurt Scherf, principal analyst at Parks Associates, told me consumer behaviors indicate they prefer a one-stop shopping experience when it comes to watching online video, as opposed to clicking from site to site. I suggested that in that case, YouTube has an advantage over Hulu thanks to the number of users who upload their own content to the site, but Scherf disagreed. “That’s not necessarily a competitive advantage over sites that offer specifically premium content,” he told me ...read more

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Facebook's Positive Cash Flow: Social Media Means Business

Barack Obama last week warned ninth graders he was visiting in Arlington, Va, “be careful about what you post on Facebook, because in the YouTube age, whatever you do, will be pulled up again later somewhere in your life.”

That doesn’t seem to faze the more than 76 million social network users in the U.S., expected to morph to more than 95 million by 2013 and to generate $3 billion in advertising revenues (up from about $700 million in 2009), according to Parks Associates. Thos ...read more

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