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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Why Netflix and other streamers are cracking down on password sharing

The losses are steep. Account sharing and piracy cost streamers and pay TV providers $9.1 billion in lost revenue in 2019. That’s expected to grow to $12.5 billion in lost revenue by 2024, according to market research and consulting firm Parks Associates.

“There’s a lot of pressure there to figure out what to do about existing users and existing subscribers to maximize the financial health of how that base is being leveraged,” said Paul Erickson, a research director with Par ...read more

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Why Moving ‘Dancing With the Stars’ to Disney+ Isn’t the Demotion You Might Think: Analysis

Paul Erickson, research director of entertainment and consumer electronics at Parks Associates, said the “DWTS” move is smart programming and a win for both ABC and Disney+.

"They’re looking at ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and that huge fan base, but potentially freeing up room for something that might be more lucrative sponsorship-wise,” said Erickson. “It may be as fundamental as what that property brings in versus ‘Monday Night Football’ in that same spot in the schedule. It ...read more

Monday, April 11, 2022

Warner Bros. Discovery Is Built for the Streaming Wars – If It Can Shed Legacy Baggage: Analysis

“Hypothetically a new combined entity will be a stronger competitor,” Parks Associates analyst and director of research Paul Erickson told TheWrap. “HBO Max on its own merits is already breaking into that third position, squarely in contest with all of the members of the Disney bundle [Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+].

From the article, "Warner Bros. Discovery Is Built for the Streaming Wars – If It Can Shed Legacy Baggage: Analysis" by Diane Haithman.

Friday, April 01, 2022

Streaming is heading toward a breaking point with consumers

However, while work on that puzzle continues and multiple companies look for a way to get streaming subscribers to stay in one place, customer churn is still high. Or, as Parks Associates describes it, “service hopping” is still popular among streaming video consumers. New data from the company suggests 36% of OTT subscribers, or approximately 32 million U.S. households, are service hoppers" which the company defines as OTT subscribers who have switched between services and resu ...read more

Friday, April 01, 2022

'Subscription Overload' a Concern in Competitive OTT, Parks Event Told

Nearly half of U.S. broadband homes subscribe to four or more over-the-top video services, with streaming now the primary way consumers view TV content, said Parks Associates analyst Paul Erickson on a Thursday Future of Video webcast. But service stacking is starting to slow, as viewing bumps up against an “inevitable point of subscription overload from having a finite amount of time and budget to spend on watching video,” Erickson said.

From the article "'Subscription Over ...read more

Friday, March 25, 2022

YouTube Enters "Free TV" Streaming Wars, Adds Access To Nearly 4,000 Free Classic TV Episodes

Consumer adoption of connected TVs continues to skyrocket. Insights from Parks Associates suggest that more than 56% of American households own a “Smart TV.” This is while cable and satellite providers continue to see subscribers “cut the cord” in droves, with over 4.6 million Americans canceling their pay-TV subscriptions in 2021.

From the article "YouTube Enters 'Free TV' Streaming Wars, Adds Access To Nearly 4,000 Free Classic TV Episodes" by Johan Moreno. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Report: Viewers Say Churn is Based on Lack of New, Original Content

According to Parks Associates, it only gets worse from here. In its 2022 “OTT Streaming Trends to Watch” white paper, their data shows that the average churn rate was 40% in 2020. Right now, the average is 45%.

From the article "Report: Viewers Say Churn is Based on Lack of New, Original Content" by Lauren Forristal. 
 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Smart TVs: Today’s center of video aggregation and opportunity —Industry Voices: Erickson

Smart TVs are viewed as must-have devices by an increasing number of US homes, and they are the only streaming video product category to have risen in adoption continuously throughout the pandemic. Households in the United States today possess a broad range of connected devices capable of showing video, but there is a clear pattern of devices preferred for video consumption. According to Parks Associates, smart TV adoption in broadband homes remained consistent in 2021 at around ...read more

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