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T-Mobile launched a unique strategy to target cord cutters through distinct content offerings when it unveiled its vMVPD service TVision in November. Despite the steady growth of the online pay-TV market, TVision courted controversy early on when content providers filed complaints over T-Mobile’s separation of channels between its VIBE and LIVE plans. Providers including ViacomCBS, NBCU, and Discovery stated that TVision’s inclusion of their channels on the skinnier VIBE ($10/month)...
 
by Liam Gaughan | Apr. 5, 2021
Tags: digital content, OTT, streaming
Parks Associates is hosting the next Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media Conference on May 5 discussing Beyond the Theater and New Windowing Strategies. Event sponsors include: Everise, Deltatre, Brightcove, Bitmovin, and Metrological.  Prior to 2020, the traditional content windowing process for new theatrical releases had remained relatively the same for decades upon decades. Movie theaters were the primary channel for first-run movie titles and the...

Change is the new normal for the video services market as the relationship between content, consumers, and services is constantly shifting.Parks Associates research reveals that the overall annual OTT churn rate is 38% for broadband households in the US. Taking this into consideration, services have to transform their operations to reduce costs, meet future demand, and support new business models. In this ever-changing environment, it is critical for content and streaming providers...
 
by Parks Associates | Apr. 1, 2021
Tags: OTT, pay TV, streaming
The $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV by AT&T in 2015 collided with a rise in cord cutting that dominated the video market. The six years that has followed saw an emergence in video streaming services as an alternate to traditional TV packages that resulted in major losses for AT&T’s premium TV services. AT&T was in a difficult position with its legacy video assets and has invested its future in its flagship streaming service HBO Max. AT&T’s sale of a 30% stake...
 
by Liam Gaughan | Feb. 26, 2021
Tags: cord cutting, OTT, pay TV, streaming

Apple TV+ has become one of the leading SVODs since it launched in November 2019, building off of Apple’s brand recognition and device partnerships. At launch, Apple TV+ courted subscribers with a promotional deal offered. Users that purchased a new Apple device were given a year of free access to the service, and that promotion was first extended to February 2021. In an effort to retain the core subscribers who initially signed up for the service, Apple has extended the promotion...
 
by Liam Gaughan | Feb. 5, 2021
Tags: Apple, digital content, OTT, streaming
As COVID-19 continues to impact the shuttering of movie theaters and the changes within content windowing, device manufacturers have raced to deliver premium home entertainment experiences as a supplement to audiences that regularly attend theaters. An announcement at CES indicates that Sony is leveraging its smart TV technology to generate interest in legacy and recent theatrical titles and its new line of Bravia XR TVs.   At CES 2021, Sony unveiled Bravia Core, a...
 
by Liam Gaughan | Jan. 14, 2021
Tags: CES, digital media, OTT, smart TV, streaming, ultra HD

The increasing number of connected devices, massive shift to remote work and education, and high demand for perfectly reliable streaming video services places unprecedented strain on home networks. At the same time, home service providers’ traditional bundles are in decline as more subscribers move to a stand-alone broadband bundle plus OTT video services. Don't miss Parks Associates' final CONNECTIONS Summit session,  Building the New Home Services Bundle ,  on...
On December 1 st , Pluto TV launched a free, ad-supported channel of original Showtime programming called Showtime Selects. The linear-style channel, whose content will be updated monthly, includes roughly 250 hours of originals with sneak peaks and select episodes of Showtime series such as Shameless , The Affair , Ray Donovan , and Billions . According to Michael Engleman, Showtime’s chief marketing officer, the goal is to keep the channel on Pluto TV “indefinitely”.  A...
 
by Steve Nason | Dec. 31, 2020
Tags: digital media, OTT, pay TV


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