Thursday, January 25, 2018

HDR standards: Competitive tempo picks up in 2018

For content distributors, the decision-making process goes like this, said Brett Sappington, senior research director at Parks Associates.

“Typically, device makers support multiple formats out of fear that they will miss the ‘right’ format that ultimately wins out,” Sappington said. “So [TV] manufacturers are the first line to pare the least popular formats.”

Next in line are content distributors that “want to support a small number of formats due to the cost and effort more

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Parks: Over one-half of OTT households subscribe to multiple streaming services

Video subscribers’ appetite for OTT video continues to climb, with more households purchasing more than one service.

New research from Parks Associates revealed that over 50% of U.S. OTT subscription households subscribe to multiple OTT video services, up from only 20% in 2014.

As of the third quarter of 2017, 69% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT video service. Not surprisingly, out of these multi-OTT households, 81% use Netflix plus some other more

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hulu adds live TV and new UI support for Samsung smart TVs

In the meantime, the service can rest assured of its popularity in the U.S. New numbers from Parks Associates put Hulu as the third most popular U.S. SVOD, behind Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Although insurgent competitors could be nipping at Hulu’s heels.

“While the top three are no surprise, the big story over the past year has been the rapid subscriber growth for OTT video services from HBO, Showtime, and Starz,” said Brett Sappington, senior director of research for P more

Thursday, October 26, 2017

More than 200 OTT services active in the U.S. market, research group says

Illustrating the insurgent competitive pressure being faced by incumbent pay TV operators, Parks Associates released a report today suggesting that there are more than 200 OTT services currently operating in the U.S. market.

According to Parks, 60 companies have introduced over-the-top video services just since the beginning of 2016. Over that span, only seven OTT services in the U.S. have shuttered.

Notably, 53% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to both pay TV and more

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 rakes in $9.8M in funding, advances VR broadcasting technology

A recent report from Parks Associates suggested AI’s benefits can be extended beyond content production and enhancement.

“AI-enabled systems will also be increasingly used in content creation decisions, revealing topical areas or genre-related trends that have previously gone unnoticed in the noise of big data,” Parks said in a recent report. “Using these tools will allow producers and distributors to better predict and fund content that will draw audiences.”

At the hear more

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hulu releases web browser version of its live TV service

In the first quarter of 2017, 37% of streaming media owners in U.S. broadband households said they own and use a Roku device, up from one-third a year ago, according to new data from Parks Associates.

At the current rate Hulu is adding device compatibility, it’s likely only a matter of time before the company fills in all the gaps and picks up from the limited device compatibility with which its live TV service launched.

From the article "Hulu releases web browser versio more

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Studies show rapid uptick in dual SVOD subscriptions; another tech blog declares cable industry 'doomed'

The Hub data is juxtaposed with Parks Associates info that surfaced last week indicating that nearly 60% of U.S. homes subscribe to at least one of the major services.

Based on the Parks report, tech blog Boy Genius Report (BGR) headlined a post, “New study shows why cable TV is actually doomed.”

Of course, with the pay TV industry suspected to have lost more than 1 million linear customers in the second quarter, there’s certainly substance to the notion that the collect more

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Editor's Corner—Digging my new Spectrum internet service … but where’s the Wi-Fi optimization?

And it's not just the larger operators who have recognized the need to control the customer Wi-Fi experience. In 2015, for example, midwestern operator Midcontinent Communications partnered with AirTies, deploying the Istanbul-based startup's "Smart Mesh" access points in homes with poor Wi-Fi coverage.

MSOs certainly know that faster speeds drive customer growth. Parks Associates found that 35% of consumers who switch broadband services do so for faster internet. But they n more

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