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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Roku IPO: Shares jump 68% as investors bet the firm can fend off Amazon, Apple and Google

Analysts say Roku has shown great upside by diversifying its revenue away from chiefly hardware to partnerships and advertising over its platform.

“Over the past two-and-a-half years, Roku has expanded their product lines, evolved their platform business with smart-TV makers, and continued to build out its advertising business,” said Brett Sappington, director of research of at consulting firm Parks Associates. “A platform-based approach and their advertising business will b ...read more

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Facebook's latest ambition: becoming a hub for TV-style content

It’s a small price to pay for a company with more than $32 billion in cash and marketable securities — compared with about $1.2 billion for Netflix — to establish itself as a prime destination in the new age of TV, analysts say.

“Facebook’s business model has been built around driving users to access Facebook multiple times per day,” said Brett Sappington, director of research of consulting firm Parks Associates.

Nearly every time they come, users see ads — and each vide ...read more

Monday, May 01, 2017

Twitter teams up with Bloomberg on 24/7 streaming news; stock jumps

Twitter is looking for ways to grow its video services and garner more video advertising dollars. It sees live news as a natural focus. In an internal document obtained by Bloomberg last year, Twitter co-founder and Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said he wanted his company to be “the people’s news network.”

About 29% of consumers say they get most of their news from social media, according to Parks Associates.

From the article "Twitter teams up with Bloomberg on 24/7 stream ...read more

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Getting smarter about temperature control

The number of connected households that have smart thermostats more than doubled in the past two years, according to market research firm Parks Associates. With 36 percent of broadband-using households interested in a system that manages and monitors their home energy use, Parks Associates predict that half of all American homes will be smart homes by 2020.

Energy consumption starts with the overall heating and cooling equipment; thermostat watts are just a small portion of ...read more

Monday, April 24, 2017

O'Reilly returns with a smaller soapbox, vowing 'the truth will come out'

Even if he is ultimately successful, O’Reilly probably will find that his podcast audience will be a fraction of the size of the crowd that faithfully tuned into “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, which this year had been averaging about 4 million viewers an episode, according to Nielsen.

“As we saw with the failure of the Sarah Palin Channel, personality alone will not drive adoption,” said Glenn Hower, senior research analyst of the Dallas media consulting firm Parks Assoc ...read more

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Here's why Amazon is paying so much more to stream 'Thursday Night Football'

Amazon is estimated to be investing more than $3 billion in original content for shows like “The Man in the High Castle.” But even after it paid $970 million in 2014 to buy Twitch, a streaming video service popular among gamers, it has yet to make live content a key feature on its own service.

“This is Amazon taking the opportunity to show that it can broadcast live events at scale,” said Glenn Hower, an analyst for Parks Associates. “Amazon may see this as an investment, a ...read more

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Amazon Opens Prime Video To Monthly Memberships In A Challenge To Netflix

Surveys by consulting firm Parks Associates found that many people who signed up for Prime Video's free 30-day trial were not converting to subscribers.

About 34% of people surveyed by Parks Associates said they canceled their Prime Video service because their free trial expired. By comparison, about 19% of respondents said they canceled Hulu and Netflix subscriptions because their free trial expired.

From the article "Amazon Opens Prime Video To Monthly Memberships In A ...read more

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Three Reasons Why Verizon Would Be A Good Suitor For Yahoo

Yahoo still commands a huge audience. Nearly 1 billion people visit a Yahoo website every month.

While content is a risky business, analysts believe it's a way to keep customers engaged.

"Verizon is looking to the future," said Brett Sappington, director of research of consulting firm Parks Associates. "It's about being able to create an audience, and increasingly that audience is going to mobile and moving away from traditional forms of media."

From the article "Thr ...read more

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