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Thursday, October 01, 2020

Disney+ wades into the streaming-with-friends space

“It really makes it feel like you’re doing it all together, laughing about it together,” Mahler said. “Sometimes we’ll all pause it together and someone will be like, ‘Oh my gosh that reminds me of something that happened,’ so we can like tell stories about it.”

It’s moments like those Disney is banking on, said Steve Nason, research director at Parks Associates. The hope is “to appeal to younger consumers that are much more likely to socially social media engage,” he said.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Could streaming giants start to clamp down on password sharing?

The major concern for cyber security companies like Synamedia is how password sharing can turn into true content piracy ? stealing streaming shows and movies and reselling them for profit.

If you know where to go on the internet, there are entities that steal whole databases of user login credentials and resell them to content pirates on the dark web, said Steve Hawley who authored the Parks Associates report.

From the article "Could streaming giants start to clamp down ...read more

Monday, January 27, 2020

Apple earnings could offer clues on streaming performance

Consumers get a year of the streaming service for free with purchase of a new Apple device.

Converting those users into paying customers might be tricky, said Steve Nason with Parks Associates.

“At least currently, they’re kind of getting a little lost in the shuffle,” he said.

From the article "Apple earnings could offer clues on streaming performance" by Meghan McCarty Carino.
 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Password sharing denies streaming services $9 billion in fees

According to analysis by research firm Parks Associates, password piracy and sharing cost streaming providers like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus $9.1 billion in 2019 alone. Why aren’t these companies doing more to crack down?

From the article "Password sharing denies streaming services $9 billion in fees" by Nova Safo.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Why The Twitter-NFL Deal Will Have Fans Cheering

Thursday night games are the ideal platform to experiment with this new form of sports streaming, says Glenn Hower, a research analyst at Parks Associates, a consumer technology market research firm based in Dallas. “Despite the success of the league’s other prime-time offerings with Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football, Thursday nights haven't resonated the same with viewers,” Hower wrote in an email. With social events and the weekend on the horizon, it is harder to ...read more

Thursday, October 22, 2015

As AT&T issues results, strategy is key to future

Brett Sappington at Parks Associates is one of the people keeping track of the changes in video consumption, and both Verizon and AT&T use his research.

"They've definitely taken two different directions," he said.

"There are so many roles that [Verizon and AT&T] could play," Sappington said. "I'm really curious to see what they will do and where they see the opportunity in the market."

From the article "As AT&T issues results, strategy is key to future" by Nova Safo ...read more

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

More trouble ahead at ESPN

The idea that cable uninstaller is a hot new career track says a lot about why ESPN's corporate overlords are tightening belts. Cord-cutting customers are devastating.

"Consumers are looking for content in other places," said Brett Sappington, who directs research at Parks Associates. "So if your revenues are based significantly off of cable TV, then you get hit pretty hard by that."

Even if you hate sports and don't even know what channel ESPN is on, the network gets yo ...read more

Monday, August 03, 2015

AT&T's new bundle could shake things up

We’re getting a look at what AT&T plans to do with DirecTV after buying it for $48.5 billion. Monday, AT&T announced its plan to bundle TV and mobile phone service into a package with an introductory rate of $200 a month. It’s a bundle that’s different from existing ones.

“The new AT&T bundle is unique in that it’s a nationwide bundle,” says Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates, a consulting firm that focuses on digital technology.

That’s the benefi ...read more

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