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Thursday, January 19, 2017

US Pay-TV Dips As Antenna-Only TV Services Rise To 15% Of Broadband Households

In its latest round-up of the strength of cord-cutting in the country, 360 View: Entertainment Services in US Broadband Households, Parks found that antenna-only usage has steadily increased since 2013 to reach 15% of high speed Internet homes, and observed declining pay-TV satisfaction in each of the last three years. In 2016, twice as many subscribers downgraded (12%) their pay-TV service than upgraded (6%) it, while the likelihood of non-subscribers adopting pay-TV has declin ...read more

Monday, December 12, 2016

Booming Spanish SVOD Faces Lack Of Pay-TV Culture

“What makes Spain unique in Western Europe is that about half of households have broadband but not pay-TV, one of the highest Internet-only household rates in Europe, according to research firm Parks Associates. And consumers in Spain are also more likely than those in France, Germany and the UK to trade in a pay-TV subscription in favour of a digital video service,” says the analysis.

From the article "Booming Spanish SVOD Faces Lack Of Pay-TV Culture" by Juan Fernandez Gon ...read more

Friday, October 07, 2016

User-generated video, live streaming grow online

This is according to Parks Associates, which also found that three-quarters of US broadband households access this content at least once a month.

"Today's home entertainment is all about personalisation," said Brett Sappington, senior director of research, Parks Associates. “Consumers now expect video, music and gaming experiences to adapt to their needs, including anywhere, anytime and any-device access. Successful services are extending personalisation into all aspects of ...read more

Friday, September 02, 2016

RTL Nitro Revs Up 4K Broadcast

There is an increasing install base for 4K: according to research from Parks Associates, among broadband households planning to purchase a flat-panel TV, 59% in the UK, 57% in France, 53% in Spain and 49% in Germany plan to purchase a 4KTV even though content is not yet widely available. This resulted in an average of 54%. Moreover, 17% of such households were planning to buy a flat-panel TV in the next 12 months and over half consider 4K to be an important or very important fea ...read more

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Majority Of US OTT Services Subscription-Only

“Services are experimenting with a variety of business models in order to differentiate themselves in this crowded market dominated by Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. Smaller OTT companies are experimenting with the freemium model in particular,” said Ruby-Ren Bond, Research Analyst, Parks Associates. “The subscription services with smaller bases are increasingly partnering with other players, such as Amazon, Hulu, and Roku, which allows them to remain viable in a crowded market domi ...read more

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Irdeto Secures Its 16 Millionth STB

“The video services and delivery landscape has become incredibly complex, and concerns about piracy and password-sharing is growing,” said Glenn Hower, research analyst for Parks Associates. “Among digital video service consumers age 18-24, 20% admit to using someone else’s credentials to use a service, and this trend has made TV operators nervous as well. Flexible content security solutions that can adapt to nearly any delivery environment will be key to protecting content whil ...read more

Sunday, July 03, 2016

HTC Puts Together $10BN VR Investment Alliance

“The big change in VR for 2016 has been the availability or pending availability of VR headsets from companies such as Facebook (Oculus Rift), Google (Google Cardboard) and HTC (Vive). Sony PlayStation VR is expected to be released in October. We expect gamers to be the initial market for VR,” explained Barbara Kraus, director of research, Parks Associates and an author of the VR report. “VR is an immersive experience, and more is better for gamers - more immersion, better sound ...read more

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ad Blockers Are Forcing Biz Model Innovation

Parks Associates warns that consumers might increasingly use ad-blocking solutions while streaming video if the digital advertising methods disrupt their viewing experience. So, service providers and media companies need to develop digital advertising models that are integrated and non-disruptive to the viewing experience.

“Many content creators rely on advertising revenue to monetise video, especially as newly launched digital services seek revenue,” said Glenn Hower, resea ...read more

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