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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Disney+ Could Blow Away Subscriber Forecasts

Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates, agrees that Disney+ has the best shot at being wildly successful, and that securing fewer than 23 million Disney+ subs globally by 2023 would vastly "undershoot" expectations.
But Sappington also stressed that Disney is taking on some additional risk with a direct-to-consumer offering, as the company won't get the same guarantees that Disney locks down when licensing its content to others. "That's really a big ...read more

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Epix Enters the Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Fray

Though Epix is trying to take advantage of this trend as a portion of consumers self-bundle with video, the challenge will be to ensure that Epix is part of that bundle. A recent study from Parks Associates found that 70% of US broadband homes already have at least one OTT service. TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO)'s "Video Trends Report" for Q4 2018 found that consumers used an average of 2.75 OTT services (free and paid), up 26% from the year-ago period. 

From the article "Epix Ent ...read more

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

34% of Pay-TV Subs Altered Service in Past Year – Study

Leading entertainment research firm Parks Associates reports approximately one-third of pay-TV subscribers in U.S. broadband households changed their pay-TV services between 1Q 2017 and 1Q 2018. Fifteen percent of pay-TV subscribers, slightly less than half of all who made changes in the past year, downgraded to a less expensive TV service. The firm will highlight these findings and their implications for the video industry at the inaugural Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digi ...read more

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Amazon to Open New Front in Streaming Wars

It would also open another front in a competitive streaming platform battle that pits Amazon's Fire TV against Roku Inc. , Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android TV and Apple TV (tvOS), as well as smart TV-focused operating systems from Samsung Corp. (Tizen) and LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) (webOS). In Q1, Roku led the streaming media player sector with a 37% share, according to Parks Associates .

From the article "Amazon to Open New Front in Streaming Wars " ...read more

Monday, August 20, 2018

Amazon Cooking Up DVR for Fire TV – Report

Despite recent gains by Fire TV, Roku maintained its lead in the streaming media player market as of Q1 2018, according to Parks Associates . Roku held 37% of the market, ahead of Amazon, Google and Apple.

From the article "Amazon Cooking Up DVR for Fire TV – Report" by Jeff Baumgartner.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

CuriosityStream Expands Its OTT Video Model

The experimentation with business models can help draw new subs and provide a point of differentiation, added Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates .

He said three SVoD leaders -– Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Hulu LLC -– are prime examples, as each has introduced new tiers or subscription options aimed at luring in new customers. Among them, he said, Amazon has seen the percentage of consumers opting for its annu ...read more

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

E-Sports Catches On in US Broadband Homes

Parks Associates' new industry report Digital Natives: The Rise of Esports and the 360 Deep Dive Sports vs. Esports: Audience, Spending, and Consumption define esports as professionally or semi-professionally organized competitive video gaming events, including popular gaming titles such as "League of Legends," "Call of Duty," and "Street Fighter."

"Esports is a young, dynamic, and fast-growing industry. While viewership of many traditional sports is waning, esports is well ...read more

Friday, June 22, 2018

Why Pay-TV Needs OTT Video Now

Consider the latest OTT video study from Parks Associates . In a report released Thursday, Parks found that more than 85% of US millennials in broadband homes now subscribe to least one OTT video service. That's far more than the percentage of millennials that subscribe to traditional pay-TV services.

From the article "Why Pay-TV Needs OTT Video Now" by Alan Breznick.

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