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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

NAB 2018: OTT Services Must Differentiate Themselves to Succeed

In an increasingly crowded over-the-top video service market, consumer perception drives purchasing behavior and players must differentiate themselves in order to succeed, according to a research presentation by Parks Associates on Tuesday at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas.

It used to be that one could roll out a video service with some content and consumers would take to it, but now companies need a value proposition, Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates ...read more

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Charter, ESPN Spearheading Efforts to Crackdown on Cable-TV Password Sharing

Parks Associates estimates that the pay-TV industry will lose $9.9 billion in revenue by 2021 from TV multiscreen password sharing, up from $3.5 billion this year. This is an important loss particularly as traditional TV providers are feeling the effects of cord-cutting, with linear video services losing about 3 million subscribers so far this year.

From the article "Charter, ESPN Spearheading Efforts to Crackdown on Cable-TV Password Sharing" by Bevin Fletcher.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Smart Home Adoption Predicted to Hit 55 Million Devices in 2020

U.S. households with existing broadband service will purchase nearly 55 million smart home devices in 2020 if current trends continue, according to a report from Parks Associates.

The report found that although many smart home devices are still in the early adoption stage, the number of U.S. households installing smart thermostats, lights, locks, or networked cameras climbed from 12 percent earlier in the year to 15 percent.

From the article "Smart Home Adoption Predicte ...read more

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Apple Debuts 4K HDR Apple TV

Research from Parks Associates found Roku was strengthening its lead in the streaming media player space, cornering 37 percent of the market, while Apple trailed behind Amazon’s Fire TV, and Google’s Chromecast, with only a 15 percent share. Apple TV’s price point is still well above that of competitors, which gives it a disadvantage. Though one promising development on the content front is more 4K movies becoming available in the iTunes store.

From the article "Apple Debuts ...read more

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu Dominate OTT Market, But Niche Players Gaining Ground

A new report released from Parks Associates shows that 59 percent of U.S. broadband households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.

The three main players have a serious stronghold, with only 6 percent of U.S. broadband households subscribing to any other OTT service without also subscribing to Amazon, Hulu, or Netflix. Parks Associates’ OTT Video Market Tracker also found that only 3 percent subscribe to one or more sports OTT video services, such as MLB.TV, NBA League Pa ...read more

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More Than Half of Consumers Are Watching Internet Video on Their TV

Here’s the rundown: Parks finds more than half of U.S. broadband households now watch internet video on a television screen, while less than a quarter don’t watch any video content on a TV set at all. The firm also says 88 percent of computer-based viewing is from non-linear sources, while nearly three quarters (72 percent) of non-pay-TV customers subscribe to an OTT video service as their primary source of content. The market leader there is Netflix, with just under half (49 pe ...read more

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Streaming TV Channel Market Share Has Nearly Doubled, Study Says

News tracking the rise of over-the-top streaming services is nothing new. Parks Associates recently found that only about a third of traditional pay TV customers are happy with their service. Some 63 million U.S. broadband households already subscribe to an OTT video service, the firm added. Fluent LLC piled on to those stats earlier this month with findings that indicate around two-thirds of U.S. internet users overall watch or have access to a streaming service, as do 61 perce ...read more

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

IoT Research Says More Than 100 Million U.S. Households Don’t Have a Smart Home Device

Broadband operators have heard about the massive opportunities around providing smart home services to subscribers for many years, and while the market is growing, it remains in a nascent stage. Research from Parks Associates suggests that more than 100 million U.S. households did not have a smart home device at the end of 2016, and the firm’s analysts say that reaching those households requires continued investments to create unique and personalized consumer experiences.

Th ...read more

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