Access and Entertainment

According to Parks Associates research , 9% of U.S. broadband households switched broadband service providers in the last 12 months; almost 1/4 of these households did so in order to obtain faster service at a comparable price. This week, AT&T announced that it would be upgrading its U-verse home Internet plans with additional service options, including a plan with unlimited data. The upgrades will begin in May and all current U-verse home Internet customers will...
Today, 59% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service. Two-thirds of broadband households own a connected entertainment device, and more than one-quarter own a streaming media player. 2015 saw key trends in the connected entertainment world, trends that will continue to affect the industry in 2016. As the new year progresses, players in the global market will face new opportunities and challenges. Parks Associates and Lynx Technology recently partnered...

According to a Reuters report published this week, Spain-based media giant Telefonica SA is considering the possible purchase of AT&T's Latin American assets. The assets include cable and satellite TV operations in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, as well as several other counties that were part of AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. According to Parks Associates research , over 1.6 billion households worldwide will subscribe to a pay-TV service by...
 
by Brett Sappington | Jan. 20, 2016
Tags: latin america, operator, pay TV
The balance of power in broadband market share is set to change in the U.S. market. Thanks to continued consolidation among U.S. operators, the face of competition in the U.S. market is set to change substantially within the next year. After bidding for Bright House Networks, Charter Communications elected to purchase Time Warner Cable following its failed merger with market leader Comcast. This combined company will become the second largest broadband provider in the U.S. market. At...
 

Broadband services have become a critical communications utility and a core component in the growth of consumer technology products and services. Broadband has not only provided greater connectivity and interaction for consumers, it also opens the door to disruption across multiple industries, including communications, entertainment, and consumer electronics. Cancellation of broadband is rarer than switching of services, primarily because consumers come to rely on broadband for...
 
by Parks Associates | Oct. 9, 2015
Tags: mobile, OTT, pay TV, Wi-Fi
In recent decades, broadcast revenue (primarily from television) has become a much larger part of the revenue pie for professional sports teams, increasing team valuations and player salaries. The Dallas Cowboys were recently valued at $4 billion by Forbes, making the team the most valuable in U.S. professional sports. NFL teams as a whole were valued 38% higher by Forbes in 2015 than they were in 2014. The best lens to view the impact of player salaries is Major League Baseball, because...
 
by David Mitchel | Oct. 7, 2015
Tags: OTT, pay TV, streaming

Parks Associates director of research Brett Sappington provides insight and commentary on the future acquisition of DIRECTV by AT&T : The merger did not really diminish competition in the U.S. market. Approval was widely expected. The bigger impact is clearly outside of the U.S., where AT&T is now making investments to build upon DIRECTV’s existing position in Central and South America. We expect AT&T to quickly roll out new voice,...
Parks Associates research shows 51% of U.S. pay-TV subscribers are very interested in unlimited DVR storage. Currently, over 50% of U.S. broadband homes either include a DVR as part of their pay-TV subscription or have purchased one at retail. Consumers are recording shows at higher volumes. Companies are looking toward cloud DVR systems to not only meet the demand of the amount of data recorded in the video industry, but to also lead to new innovations and implementations...
 


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