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Friday, October 11, 2019

In a crowded market, smaller streaming services must stand out — or perish

Tubi is part of a wave of streaming services that has flooded the U.S. market; some of them cater to the general masses and others are specifically focused on genres like horror or anime. Over the last five years, the number of services that stream video over the internet has more than doubled to 271, according to research firm Parks Associates.

From the article "In a crowded market, smaller streaming services must stand out — or perish" by Wendy Lee.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

‘Game of Thrones’ series finale is approaching. How will HBO survive after it?

Brett Sappington, senior director at the research firm Parks Associates in Addison, Texas, said another positive sign is how HBO Now subscriptions continued to grow in 2017 — after “Game of Thrones” finished its season. The streaming service started the year with 2 million subscribers and finished with 5 million, even though the show’s run ended in February.

From the article "‘Game of Thrones’ series finale is approaching. How will HBO survive after it?" by Meg James and Ste ...read more

Friday, December 28, 2018

TV antennas are making a comeback in the age of digital streaming

Billy Nayden, an analyst for the research firm Parks Associates, said the TV antenna resurgence is a byproduct of consumers feeling overwhelmed by the many viewing platforms available. Some are even suffering from what he calls “subscriber fatigue.”

“I can’t tell you how many people that we know in everyday life who ask, ‘You’re in this industry — how do I cut the cord?’” Nayden said. “Interestingly it’s not an easy answer. ‘Do you watch live TV? Do you care about news? Do y ...read more

Friday, September 29, 2017

Roku IPO: Shares jump 68 percent as investors bet firm can fend off rivals

Analysts say Roku has shown great upside by diversifying its revenue away from chiefly hardware to partnerships and advertising over its platform.

"Over the past two-and-a-half years, Roku has expanded their product lines, evolved their platform business with smart-TV makers, and continued to build out its advertising business," said Brett Sappington, director of research of at consulting firm Parks Associates. "A platform-based approach and their advertising business will b ...read more

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Roku IPO: Shares jump 68% as investors bet the firm can fend off Amazon, Apple and Google

Analysts say Roku has shown great upside by diversifying its revenue away from chiefly hardware to partnerships and advertising over its platform.

“Over the past two-and-a-half years, Roku has expanded their product lines, evolved their platform business with smart-TV makers, and continued to build out its advertising business,” said Brett Sappington, director of research of at consulting firm Parks Associates. “A platform-based approach and their advertising business will b ...read more

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Facebook's latest ambition: becoming a hub for TV-style content

It’s a small price to pay for a company with more than $32 billion in cash and marketable securities — compared with about $1.2 billion for Netflix — to establish itself as a prime destination in the new age of TV, analysts say.

“Facebook’s business model has been built around driving users to access Facebook multiple times per day,” said Brett Sappington, director of research of consulting firm Parks Associates.

Nearly every time they come, users see ads — and each vide ...read more

Monday, May 01, 2017

Twitter teams up with Bloomberg on 24/7 streaming news; stock jumps

Twitter is looking for ways to grow its video services and garner more video advertising dollars. It sees live news as a natural focus. In an internal document obtained by Bloomberg last year, Twitter co-founder and Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said he wanted his company to be “the people’s news network.”

About 29% of consumers say they get most of their news from social media, according to Parks Associates.

From the article "Twitter teams up with Bloomberg on 24/7 stream ...read more

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Getting smarter about temperature control

The number of connected households that have smart thermostats more than doubled in the past two years, according to market research firm Parks Associates. With 36 percent of broadband-using households interested in a system that manages and monitors their home energy use, Parks Associates predict that half of all American homes will be smart homes by 2020.

Energy consumption starts with the overall heating and cooling equipment; thermostat watts are just a small portion of ...read more

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