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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Here's why Amazon is paying so much more to stream 'Thursday Night Football'

Amazon is estimated to be investing more than $3 billion in original content for shows like “The Man in the High Castle.” But even after it paid $970 million in 2014 to buy Twitch, a streaming video service popular among gamers, it has yet to make live content a key feature on its own service.

“This is Amazon taking the opportunity to show that it can broadcast live events at scale,” said Glenn Hower, an analyst for Parks Associates. “Amazon may see this as an investment, a ...read more

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Amazon Opens Prime Video To Monthly Memberships In A Challenge To Netflix

Surveys by consulting firm Parks Associates found that many people who signed up for Prime Video's free 30-day trial were not converting to subscribers.

About 34% of people surveyed by Parks Associates said they canceled their Prime Video service because their free trial expired. By comparison, about 19% of respondents said they canceled Hulu and Netflix subscriptions because their free trial expired.

From the article "Amazon Opens Prime Video To Monthly Memberships In A ...read more

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Three Reasons Why Verizon Would Be A Good Suitor For Yahoo

Yahoo still commands a huge audience. Nearly 1 billion people visit a Yahoo website every month.

While content is a risky business, analysts believe it's a way to keep customers engaged.

"Verizon is looking to the future," said Brett Sappington, director of research of consulting firm Parks Associates. "It's about being able to create an audience, and increasingly that audience is going to mobile and moving away from traditional forms of media."

From the article "Thr ...read more

Friday, March 25, 2016

Netflix Has Been Secretly Slowing Down Your Videos For The Past Five Years

More than half of all U.S. households with broadband subscribe to Netflix, according to Parks Associates. Competitors such as Amazon video are in a quarter of broadband households and Hulu is in about 15%.

"We're at a point where there's so much video traffic going across the Internet," said Glenn Hower, a research analyst for Parks Associates. "It's constantly taxing the networks and at some point, someone's going to have to figure it out, whether it's paying to upgrade it ...read more

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Facebook Reportedly In Talks To Stream NFL's 'Thursday Night Football' Games

A matchup of the titans of tech and TV would mark a watershed moment for the media and Silicon Valley, whose leading companies are flush with cash and hungry for premium content to attract more eyeballs and ad dollars.

The NFL, in turn, could use those deep pockets to help push up the bidding for its Thursday games, which were introduced 10 years ago.

"The more customers, the higher price the NFL can command," said Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associat ...read more

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Warner Bros. Acquires Video-On-Demand Service DramaFever

The investment comes at a time when there are more than 100 Internet video services operating in the U.S., with at least 40% launching during the past two years, according to Dallas consulting firm Parks Associates. The new TV landscape is pressuring traditional media companies to have a hand in the shifting tide.

From the article "Warner Bros. Acquires Video-On-Demand Service DramaFever" by Yvonne Villarreal.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Once an underdog, Hulu is becoming a player in the streaming world

At the same time, Hulu faces rising competition from Netflix, which ushered in the binge-watching craze and won loyal subscribers with its high-quality shows such as "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." Amazon also has been making waves with such critically acclaimed shows as "Transparent." By launching its own marquee shows, Hulu hopes to keep subscribers on its service longer. That's important because Hulu has high turnover rate. A report from Parks Associates found ...read more

Friday, May 29, 2015

Snapchat brings in $538 million from investors

Snapchat's co-founder and chief executive, Evan Spiegel, who turns 25 on Thursday, said this week that the company plans an IPO, though he declined to offer a timeline.

The new cash will help expand Snapchat's workforce. In February, more than 200 employees worked at Snapchat; today, more than 330 do. It's hiring people in Venice, its headquarters, as well as in New York City and Chicago. Online job postings seek computer engineers, ad sellers and recruiters. But a batch of ...read more

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