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Monday, April 09, 2018

The State of Media and Entertainment 2018

Viewers were willing to open their wallets in 2017 and create their own custom streaming solutions. The promise of SVOD services was that people could save money by cutting the cable cord and signing up for the few targeted plans that offer what they enjoy. But it didn’t feel like anyone was saving money in 2017. At the end of the year, Brett Sappington, senior director of research for Parks Associates, reported that 69 percent of U.S. households with broadband subscribed to at ...read more

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Household Video Budgets Dropping, Multiplatform Viewing Is Down

Fresh data from Parks Associates suggests U.S. households may have hit a plateau in their online video viewing; the experimentation phase is over and people are settling into more comfortable habits.

While the amount that U.S. broadband households spend on video entertainment outside of their pay TV subscriptions has held at $29 per month for the last two years, that dropped to $23 in the last six months of 2017. This shows less spending on movie theater tickets, DVDs, and B ...read more

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Pay TV Meets OTT: 1 in 5 Get Streaming Service Through Pay TV

It's the embodiment of "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em": Researcher Parks Associates released data today showing that 21 percent of pay TV subscribers in the U.S. also subscribe to a streaming service through their pay TV provider. If that doesn't sound like many, consider that only 10 percent did so one year ago. This shows cable and satellite companies see the inevitability of over-the-top services, and have decided it makes more sense to add streaming services to their platf ...read more

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Over 60% of Free Trial Users Will Pay for Service: Vimeo Report

For services considering offering a free trial, Vimeo says having an app is helpful. Potential customers are 33 percent more likely to sign up for a free trial through an app than through a website. Some of its OTT customers have achieved conversion rates of 72 percent through app sign-ups.

Citing data from Parks Associates, Vimeo notes that over a quarter of all broadband-equipped households in the U.S. signed up for at least one OTT service free trial in 2017. “Free OTT tr ...read more

Monday, January 22, 2018

Unlimited Data No Longer Gets Mobile Subscribers to Change Plans

While unlimited data plans were once sought after by mobile subscribers who worried video viewing would use up their data allotment too quickly, those plans no longer get customers to switch carriers. That data comes from the researchers at Parks Associates, who report that only 14 percent of mobile customers in the U.S. switched providers as the most recent change to their mobile subscription.

Parks finds that 39 percent of mobile customers have made a change to their accou ...read more

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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read more

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