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Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Research: More Than Half of US Broadband Households Unfamiliar With 5G

New research from Parks Associates, Technology Market Assessment: 5G Network Services, finds that more than 33% of US broadband households cite some level of familiarity with 5G and over 40% of US broadband households are interested in 5G.

Technology Market Assessment: 5G Network Services examines several aspects of 5G, including the condition of the mobile market, consumer sentiments toward 5G services and products, service availability, use cases, and competition. It explo ...read more

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Apple Eyes $9.99 Price for Apple TV+ – Report

A free trial for Apple TV+ would follow a typical game plan used by most SVoD services to get people in the door and take a look around. About 58% of US broadband homes that trial an OTT video subscription service convert to paying subscribers, according to Parks Associates.

Apple teased Apple TV+ in March, announcing plans to offer the service on devices outside its own ecosystem that will feature a slate of original series and documentaries, with big names such as Steven S ...read more

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Altice USA Adds Smart Speaker to Home Lineup

Altice USA is also jumping into this game as consumer adoption of smart speakers is on the rise. According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) data, the US installed base for smart speaker products climbed to 66 million at the end of 2018, up from 37 million in the prior year, and is led by Amazon. Parks Associates, meanwhile, predicts that smart speakers with voice assistants will reach 47% of US broadband households by 2022. 

From the article "Altice USA Adds ...read more

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Pirates Poised to Pluck More From Pay-TV, OTT

"Piracy is a complex issue that cannot be addressed with a single solution or by targeting a single use case," said Brett Sappington, senior research director and principal analyst at Parks Associates in a statement. "Most pirates also subscribe to at least one OTT service. They are not simply thieves looking to steal content but are video enthusiasts who engage with many different services. OTT services could better reach these consumers through ad-based content, which also ali ...read more

Friday, July 12, 2019

New Route to New Revenue: Detect & Respond to Credentials Sharing

Credentials sharing is not a new problem for service providers. As the OTT and pay-TV landscapes continue to evolve to accommodate entertainment on multiple devices, credentials sharing has followed suit, increasing in both magnitude and in the diversity of motivations -- from casual password sharing among family and friends to large-scale, for-profit accounts run by fraudsters. The ability to watch from multiple screens has had the unintended consequence of contributing to ille ...read more

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Disney+ Could Blow Away Subscriber Forecasts

Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates, agrees that Disney+ has the best shot at being wildly successful, and that securing fewer than 23 million Disney+ subs globally by 2023 would vastly "undershoot" expectations.
But Sappington also stressed that Disney is taking on some additional risk with a direct-to-consumer offering, as the company won't get the same guarantees that Disney locks down when licensing its content to others. "That's really a big ...read more

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Epix Enters the Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Fray

Though Epix is trying to take advantage of this trend as a portion of consumers self-bundle with video, the challenge will be to ensure that Epix is part of that bundle. A recent study from Parks Associates found that 70% of US broadband homes already have at least one OTT service. TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO)'s "Video Trends Report" for Q4 2018 found that consumers used an average of 2.75 OTT services (free and paid), up 26% from the year-ago period. 

From the article "Epix Ent ...read more

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

34% of Pay-TV Subs Altered Service in Past Year – Study

Leading entertainment research firm Parks Associates reports approximately one-third of pay-TV subscribers in U.S. broadband households changed their pay-TV services between 1Q 2017 and 1Q 2018. Fifteen percent of pay-TV subscribers, slightly less than half of all who made changes in the past year, downgraded to a less expensive TV service. The firm will highlight these findings and their implications for the video industry at the inaugural Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digi ...read more

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