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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Google Makes First Major Chromecast Update Since 2015

It’s perhaps the most affordable living room OTT solution on the market. But as the Parks Associates graphic released in late May shows, Chromecast has been steadily losing market share to Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. 

From the article "Google Makes First Major Chromecast Update Since 2015" by Daniel Frankel.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

More Channels Tune in to Twitch

At last check, Twitch is home to more than a dozen 24/7 “channels,” including ones run and programmed by Fail Army, The Pet Collective, Shout TV, Baeble, Machinima, IGN, Red Bull TV, Arcade Cloud and Choppertown. Recent additions include Cheddar, the tech and business news service focused on affluent millennials, and Eleven Prime, a new offering from Eleven Sports that features an array of live sporting events, including basketball, baseball and football, as well as darts, drone ...read more

Monday, February 12, 2018

Operators Should Embrace SVOD to Attract Next Generation

Parks Associates senior director of research Brett Sappington noted that most users of SVOD services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are younger (aged 25-34) and have been in their homes less than 12 months, adding that people who have SVOD subscriptions also have some form of pay TV service.

Sappington said the fastest segment among video consumers are households that are taking two, three and four services, so they aren’t averse to paying for content, they just don’t want to ...read more

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hub Research Finds an OTT Tipping Point

Hub said this year marked the first time since it began tracking viewing patterns in 2014 that viewers are "more likely to say they watch a recently discovered favorite show from an online source than through their pay TV set-top box."

The report reinforces last week's Parks Associates study that found viewers favor subscription video-on-demand services over virtual MVPD services.

From the article "Hub Research Finds an OTT Tipping Point" by Gary Arlen.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Most Broadband Homes Have Pay TV and OTT Subscriptions

More than half of all U.S. homes with broadband subscribe to both a pay TV service and at least one over-the-top video service, according to a new study by Parks Associates.

In its OTT Video & TV Everywhere: Partners, Alternatives and Competition report, Parks said 53% of broadband homes subscribe to both pay TV and OTT.

From the article "Most Broadband Homes Have Pay TV and OTT Subscriptions" by Jon Lafayette.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

OTT Video Churn Steady at 19%: Study

Parks Associates attributes a chunk of that OTT churn to consumer experimentation.

“These are not free trials but instances where consumers are spending real money to try out new OTT services. One-third of households that currently subscribe to an OTT video service have cancelled one or more services in the past year, which shows that there is quite a bit of experimentation occurring right now,” Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates, said in a st ...read more

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

OTA-TV Climbing In U.S. Broadband Homes

Per the study, 81% of U.S. broadband homes still have a pay TV subscription, but only one-third of them are “very satisfied” with the service. Notably, 31% of U.S. broadband homes take multiple OTT service subscriptions, Parks Associates said.

Additionally, twice as many subs downgraded their pay TV service (12%) than upgraded it (6%) in 2016, and only half as many cord-nevers adopted pay TV in 2016 (2%) versus 2015 (4%).

“Pay-TV subscriptions have dropped each year si ...read more

Monday, January 09, 2017

Home, Where the Smart Is

While the home is shaping up to be the battleground, cable operators and other service providers are jostling to position themselves as the aggregation and management point of this emerging class of smart-home services, which have already boosted profits.

It’s shaping up to be a good place to seek growth, as consumer adoption of smart-home technologies and services is clearly on the rise.

About 26% of U.S. broadband homes now have a smart home device, up from 19% at th ...read more

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