Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nearly 60% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu

OTT Video Market Tracker reveals only 3% subscribe to a sports OTT video service

Parks Associates revealed today that 59% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. The firm’s OTT Video Market Tracker service notes that only 6% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to any other OTT service without also having a subscription to one of the top three services, while 3% subscribe to one or more sports OTT video service, including MLB.TV, NFL Game Pass, NBA League Pass, or WWE Network. The OTT Video Market Tracker ongoing service provides industry research data and analysis of competing players’ strengths and weaknesses in the space and includes an exhaustive analysis of market trends and profiles of more than 100 OTT video service providers in the U.S. and Canada.

“U.S. consumers are not taking solely a Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu subscription. Many are shopping around and trialing new services to get access to interesting content unavailable through the big services,” said Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates. “Interest and viewership in OTT video services have led to an increase in total subscriptions since 2015, including an increase in households subscribing to two, three, or even four or more services. All this translates into more money being spent by consumers and more opportunity for niche content services to capture revenues.”

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Parks Associates notes that Crunchyroll and WWE Network are examples of niche services that have grown strong customer bases while remaining unique from industry giants such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. Crunchyroll reported more than one million global subscribers as of February 2017, while WWE Network had 1.95 million global subscribers following WrestleMania 33 in April.

“Crunchyroll is a great example of a niche OTT video service that understands effective niche-oriented competition,” Sappington said. “They understand their target segment extremely well, and they have crafted an experience that caters to that audience, including forums and events to foster a user community.”

According to the OTT Video Market Tracker, 65% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT video service. However, the firm notes that household penetration is slowing and that growth areas are in multi-subscription households and older consumers adopting services.

“One-third of broadband households subscribe to multiple OTT services,” said Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “With competition set to intensify, services will begin to focus on niche segments beyond young consumers, offering unique content and services in order to capture any remaining untapped portions of the market.”

For more information about the OTT Video Market Tracker, contact sales@parksassociates.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Elizabeth Parks at eparks@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0202.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-owned and woman-led internationally recognized market research and consulting company, specializes in emerging technology solutions serving the consumer and small to medium business (SMB) markets. Celebrating its 35th year in 2021, Parks Associates is a partner to companies navigating the changing consumer technology landscapes through data-driven market insights, extensive consumer and industry intelligence, custom marketing services, and executive networking experiences and conferences.

The company's expertise includes home automation, control systems and security, digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, internet and video services, connected health and independent living solutions, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer electronics, and energy management solutions.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Connected Health Summit, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media. http://www.parksassociates.com

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