Friday, January 29, 2021

Wolk’s Week in Review: Is anyone paying for Flixes, vMVPDs get hot (for now)

A new study from Parks Associates reveals that a whopping 43% of households are planning to switch to vMVPDs this year, a category I’m willing to bet few of them were even aware of a year or two ago, a supposition backed up by a further finding from the same study that reports 17% of current vMVPD subscribers made the switch during the last 12 months.

From the article "Wolk’s Week in Review: Is anyone paying for Flixes, vMVPDs get hot (for now)" by Alan Wolk.

Friday, October 23, 2020

The U.S. has nearly 300 OTT services to choose from

Using its OTT Video Market Tracker tool, Parks Associates has found that the number of OTT services in the United States has reached nearly 300.

The firm said the total is more than double the amount when compared to 2014.

Within the past nine months, a number of major OTT services have made waves within the industry: NBCUniversal launched Peacock and WarnerMedia launched HBO Max. ViacomCBS is also planning a re-vamped CBS All Access and changing the name to Paramount+ w more

Monday, April 27, 2020

Industry Voices—Hawley: Coronavirus piracy trends in the new normal

There have been some public reports that credential sharing has increased dramatically in recent months. A OnePoll study commissioned by Tubi reported that as of March, 42% of adults were sharing account credentials. By comparison, last July, Parks Associates estimated that 28% of broadband households were engaged in password sharing and piracy for 2019, rising by 10% in 2024. A follow up Parks Associates report that focused specifically on piracy released in January 2020 furthe more

Thursday, March 26, 2020

TV antenna use surges amid coronavirus outbreak

That’s according to Parks Associates, which said that 25% of U.S. broadband households use an antenna to watch local broadcast TV channels, up from 15% in 2018. The firm said those figures could increase as more people look to local broadcast news sources for updates about the coronavirus.

"Local news matters to most households—local broadcast channels are the most preferred channel types, and news is the most preferred broadcast content," said Steve Nason, director of resea more

Friday, November 01, 2019

Walmart seeks to unload Vudu: report

Brett Sappington, senior research director and principal analyst at Parks Associates, added that the transactional market for video, Vudu’s core business, has begun eroding as movie studios no longer hold titles away from streaming rights after theatrical release. “Services are starting to buy up the rights for that early window—essentially making it go direct from the theater to streaming,” he said.

But while Walmart’s potential interest in unloading Vudu might be clear, th more

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Subscriptions account for nearly 86% of consumer video spending

According to new research from Parks Associates, subscriptions now account for nearly 86% of total spending, up from about 50% of total online video spending in 2012. This percentage is likely to trend up in the near future as new streaming services from Disney, Apple, WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal launch.

From the article "Subscriptions account for nearly 86% of consumer video spending " by Ben Munson.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Deeper Dive—Who would buy DirecTV?

Although DirecTV is losing subscribers at a rapid pace, it’s not exactly a lost cause. Brett Sappington, senior research director and principal analyst at Parks Associates, said the satellite operator still has approximately 19 million subscribers and another incremental 13.5 million video subscribers in Latin America. It’s just a case of finding a strategic alignment with a potential acquisition partner.

“Good potential acquisition partners would be companies wanting to eit more

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Amazon Prime Video app arrives on Oculus Go VR headset

Despite a respectable amount of content and games for virtual reality headsets – and options like Oculus Go driving down the cost of ownership – virtual reality has yet to tap into much of the U.S. marketplace. According to Parks Associates, 8% of U.S. broadband households own a VR headset, while just 25% are familiar with VR headsets. The research firm’s new study, "Virtual Reality: The Evolving Ecosystem," found that consumer familiarity with VR technology stayed stuck on appr more

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