Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Apple TV will die so TV+ can live

Apple TV is another example of the company’s hardware strategy falling flat. According to Parks Associates figures from the first quarter of 2018, Amazon and Roku combined control more than 50% of the streaming device market among U.S. broadband households. Apple has about 15% of the market. A big contributing factor to Roku and Google’s market dominance over Apple TV has to do with their $30 price points compared to Apple’s $180.

From the article "Apple TV will die so TV+ c more

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Lots of people are canceling HBO Now and Amazon Prime, study says

Last month, Parks Associates released new research suggesting cancellation rates for over-the-top services have held steady at about 18% for the past three years.

“With OTT service penetration starting to plateau at around 65% adoption among U.S. broadband households, the OTT video market is reaching a level of saturation for the services currently available to consumers,” said Hunter Sappington, research analyst at Parks, in a statement. “In an increasingly crowded and comp more

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Amazon rumors show ad-supported video picking up steam

Roku is still ahead of Amazon Fire TV in the U.S. streaming player market, according to May 2018 figures from Parks Associates. And Roku is taking advantage of that through the launch of its own ad-supported Roku Channel. So far, it’s been having a positive effect.

Roku’s second-quarter platform revenue grew 96% year-over-year, with advertising revenue representing the largest driver. The company said ARPU in the second quarter increased 48% year-over-year to a record $16.60 more

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Finding OTT's Tipping Point: Three Factors Could Push It Past Pay-TV Subscriber Totals

The evolution of content distribution and the consistent growth of over-the-top (OTT) streaming generates industry predictions of the inevitable decline and fall of pay TV. As video ecosystems collide, the industry remains in a state of great change.

While streaming continues to grow, the number of pay-TV subscriptions in the U.S. is expected to remain relatively stable and to continue to grow elsewhere in the world. While media coverage focuses on cord cutting, the impact h more

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

End Of A Device: ESPN, Verizon Remove Xbox 360 App Support

The move by both ESPN and Verizon is interesting in light of the fact that gaming consoles are still very popular devices for streaming media, according to Parks Associates. The Xbox console outpaced Sony PlayStation as the most-used streaming device, in fact.

From the article "End Of A Device: ESPN, Verizon Remove Xbox 360 App Support" by Samantha Bookman.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What Can Yahoo's Online Video Assets Do For Verizon?

Distributing its video out to its various websites could be a boon to Yahoo. Parks Associates' Brett Sappington predicted that traditional magazines may make a leap to presenting their content via online video platforms, going one step beyond the current trend of putting select videos onto their main websites. Yahoo is in a good position to present its own video magazines -- competing directly with stalwarts like Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, and Cosmopolitan, should t more

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Too Big To Fail? Virtual Reality Gets Big Push From Content, Cable Providers

Virtual reality is not 3D TV: that's the consensus in the wake of the Consumer Electronics Show, where the technology got plenty of attention thanks to a heavy hype cycle. The reason certainly isn't hype, a new FierceCable special report says -- companies like Facebook are investing billions of dollars in VR.

"I'm a converted skeptic -- there's just too many big companies involved in it now spending real money for it to be hype," said Parks Associates Senior Analyst Brett Sa more

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Innovations In Content Discovery, Quality Key To Improving Users' Streaming Media Experience

As the lines between device makers, network operators, and content providers blur, the user experience has become more critical both as a point of competitive differentiation and a way to increase customer satisfaction. Fast and intuitive navigation and search, picture quality, and broadband performance are all major components of the user experience. New features such as convenience services and natural device communication methods continue to drive innovation forward.

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