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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Cord cutters can now pick from 200 services, but mostly want the top four

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and MLB.tv are winning the cord-cutting wars, but HBO is making a move as viewers choose from a bonanza of niche streaming services.

The top four places are unchanged in a ranking of subscription video services delivered over broadband, according to the OTT Video Market Tracker Top 10, from research firm Parks Associates.

That means new and fledgling streaming video services will have to try harder to build and maintain a subscriber base, says Brett ...read more

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Netflix price hike probably not the last for cord cutters

Netflix — in nearly half of U.S. broadband homes, according to Parks Associates — has angered customers with past price hikes. Six years ago, Netflix lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers when it raised the prices for its plan offering streaming video and DVD rentals from $9.99 to $15.98. 

From the article "Netflix price hike probably not the last for cord cutters" by Mike Snider.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Why Amazon is spending so much to rival Netflix

“Content is a difficult enough business to turn a profit, but Amazon’s key advantage is that its business is so incredibly diverse. From Amazon Studios to Amazon Web Services to its retail operations, any division can make a profit that raises all of the other divisions. For Amazon, the tide indeed does raise all ships,” said Glenn Hower, a senior research analyst with Parks Associates.

From the article "Why Amazon is spending so much to rival Netflix" by Elizabeth Weise.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Best Wi-Fi Options For Travelers

Almost nine of 10 U.S. households have a smartphone, and more than one-third use Wi-Fi calling to stay in touch, according to research by Parks Associates. "To many travelers, including my teenage daughter, the three life essentials are food, water and Wi-Fi," says Harry Wang, a senior research director at Parks Associates.

From the article "Best Wi-Fi Options For Travelers" by Christopher Elliott.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Amazon Fire TV Gains Market Share, Voice Upgrades

About 35.2 million broadband homes -- or 36% of homes with broadband service -- own a streaming media player, up from 27% in 2014, Parks estimates. About 12.7 million bought one in 2015, Parks estimates.

 “Device makers have successfully sold streaming media players to consumers by offering easy access to a variety of content streams, as well as frequent updates that add the latest innovation," said Barbara Kraus, Parks' director of research. "Amazon in particular has benefi ...read more

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Apple's Next? Brains Of An iPhone 6S In A 5S Body

Many consumers demanded bigger screens, and the move paid off for Apple. The larger iPhone was Apple’s best seller ever.

But not all Apple consumers made the switch.

According to research firm Parks Associates, one-third of Apple iPhone owners still have a model that is more than two years old, compared with 30% of Samsung phone owners.

From the article "Apple's Next? Brains Of An iPhone 6S In A 5S Body" by Jefferson Graham.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Cutting the Cord: What won't happen in 2016

Parks Associates research analyst Glenn Hower is prepared to be proved wrong, but he remains skeptical about an Apple streaming entry. "With Sling TV and PlayStation Vue in the market, Apple is now playing catch-up, something the company is not accustomed to," Hower said.

From the article "Cutting the Cord: What won't happen in 2016" by  Mike Snider.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Cutting the Cord: Next year will bring even more streaming options

Amazon and Hulu, which has joined Netflix and Amazon as a creator of its own original content, will retain their solid spots as Nos. 2 and 3 in streaming subscriptions. The top three services have "too much momentum and (there's) too much ground to be made up by alternatives," said Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates.

From the article "Cutting the Cord: Next year will bring even more streaming options" by Mike Snider.

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