Sunday, August 06, 2017

Is Snapchat on the Way Out or Just Finding its Footing?

Predicting what will come for Snap Inc. is a hotter industry topic than trading iPhone rumors. The company's biggest problem isn't the notoriously fickle nature of its target demographic or even the way it's closed approach prevents content from going viral. No, it's biggest problem is that Facebook keeps copying its features and doing them better.

"Facebook and Instagram have added several Snapchat-like features in an effort to drive usage, particularly hoping to pull users more

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu Rule: 59% in U.S. Have a Subscription

Among U.S. broadband-enabled homes, 59 percent have a subscription to Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. While it's no surprise that those are the most popular streaming video options, research from Parks Associates shows just how dominant they are: Only 6 percent of U.S. broadband homes subscribe to a different over-the-top (OTT) service without also subscripting to one or more of the top 3.

This data comes from Parks Associates' OTT Video Tracker service, which finds OTT adoption i more

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The State of Live Video 2017

To get an idea where live video will go in 2017, we spoke to two experts: Mark Peters, a partner with IBB Consulting Group, and Brett Sappington, senior director of research for Parks Associates.

Can Facebook stay on top of live video this year? Peters thinks it can. With its built-in audience checking in daily, and the ability to put videos directly in members’ feeds, it has a powerful advantage. Facebook doesn’t have to pull people in, because they’re already there. Expect more

Thursday, December 29, 2016

One-Third of U.S. Broadband Households Have Multiple OTT Subs

According to the researchers at Parks Associates, 31 percent of all U.S. broadband-enabled homes have multiple over-the-top (OTT) service subscriptions. Also, 63 percent subscribe to at least one OTT service.

Parks refers to this as "service stacking," and says it marks an important step in the industry's growth.

“Parks Associates, through our OTT Video Market Tracker service, has identified the service-stacking phenomenon as an important step in the growth of the U.S. O more

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Leading In OTT Subscriptions, Finds Parks

The researchers at Parks Associates have come up with a tally of the most popular over-the-top (OTT) video services as ranked by the number of subscribers. While the numbers are estimates from the firm's OTT Video Market Tracker (which relies on consumer surveys, network traffic information, and reported OTT video service provider info), they provide a rare look into a competitive market.

From the article "Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Leading In OTT Subscriptions, Finds Parks" by T more

Friday, August 26, 2016

OTT At A Tipping Point, Poised For Rapid Growth

Parks Associates estimates that 86 million streaming media players will be sold globally in 2019. And as streaming subscriber counts continue to grow, the services will be better positioned to bid for the best content. Hulu has even announced they'll be launching a live streaming product in 2017. Meanwhile, major enterprises such as Verizon, IBM, Ericsson, Amazon, and Google have begun to aggressively snap up OTT assets.

From the article "OTT At A Tipping Point, Poised For R more

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Half Of U.S. Homes Have Access To SVOD Services, Says Nielsen

That 50 percent figure gets a lot of play: In April 2015, Parks Associates reported that 50 percent of U.S. broadband-enabled homes had an SVOD subscription. In March 2016, NPD Group reported that 52 percent of broadband-enabled U.S. homes have at least one TV connected to the internet.

From the article "Half Of U.S. Homes Have Access To SVOD Services, Says Nielsen" by Troy Dreier.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

One-Quarter Of Millennial-Led Households Are OTT-Only: Parks

Looking at the OTT market, Parks says that 60 percent of OTT video services require a subscription, and 64 percent of broadband-enabled U.S. households subscribe to an OTT video service (up from 59 percent last year).

Churn is high with subscription services: Roughly 20 percent of U.S. broadband-enabled homes cancelled at least one OTT video service last year.

Looking at how people access that video, Parks found that viewers don't stream as much video over gaming console more

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