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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Confused by all those streaming services? This app is here to help

A Parks Associates survey found that 31% of households had four or more streaming subscriptions in the third quarter of last year, up from 14% a year earlier. The number of streaming platforms has passed 300 in the U.S., more than double the number in 2014, the consultancy said.

“They’re all trying to solve this issue, because consumers are just overwhelmed,” said Parks Associates research director Steve Nason. “They love that they have all this choice but that choice is kil ...read more

Friday, January 31, 2020

Nearly 3 million subscribers ditched DirecTV last year. Will AT&T do the same?

But as it races to keep up with Netflix and Disney, AT&T increasingly has treated the satellite business as something of a relic, akin to rabbit-ear antennas.

“They are at a crossroads,” said Steve Nason, a senior analyst at the Dallas-area research firm Parks Associates. “Consumption habits have changed dramatically since DirecTV was founded.... The moves they are taking suggest that they are putting up a ‘going out of business’ sign” at DirecTV.

From the article "Nearl ...read more

Friday, October 11, 2019

In a crowded market, smaller streaming services must stand out — or perish

Tubi is part of a wave of streaming services that has flooded the U.S. market; some of them cater to the general masses and others are specifically focused on genres like horror or anime. Over the last five years, the number of services that stream video over the internet has more than doubled to 271, according to research firm Parks Associates.

From the article "In a crowded market, smaller streaming services must stand out — or perish" by Wendy Lee.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

‘Game of Thrones’ series finale is approaching. How will HBO survive after it?

Brett Sappington, senior director at the research firm Parks Associates in Addison, Texas, said another positive sign is how HBO Now subscriptions continued to grow in 2017 — after “Game of Thrones” finished its season. The streaming service started the year with 2 million subscribers and finished with 5 million, even though the show’s run ended in February.

From the article "‘Game of Thrones’ series finale is approaching. How will HBO survive after it?" by Meg James and Ste ...read more

Friday, December 28, 2018

TV antennas are making a comeback in the age of digital streaming

Billy Nayden, an analyst for the research firm Parks Associates, said the TV antenna resurgence is a byproduct of consumers feeling overwhelmed by the many viewing platforms available. Some are even suffering from what he calls “subscriber fatigue.”

“I can’t tell you how many people that we know in everyday life who ask, ‘You’re in this industry — how do I cut the cord?’” Nayden said. “Interestingly it’s not an easy answer. ‘Do you watch live TV? Do you care about news? Do y ...read more

Friday, September 29, 2017

Roku IPO: Shares jump 68 percent as investors bet firm can fend off rivals

Analysts say Roku has shown great upside by diversifying its revenue away from chiefly hardware to partnerships and advertising over its platform.

"Over the past two-and-a-half years, Roku has expanded their product lines, evolved their platform business with smart-TV makers, and continued to build out its advertising business," said Brett Sappington, director of research of at consulting firm Parks Associates. "A platform-based approach and their advertising business will b ...read more

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Roku IPO: Shares jump 68% as investors bet the firm can fend off Amazon, Apple and Google

Analysts say Roku has shown great upside by diversifying its revenue away from chiefly hardware to partnerships and advertising over its platform.

“Over the past two-and-a-half years, Roku has expanded their product lines, evolved their platform business with smart-TV makers, and continued to build out its advertising business,” said Brett Sappington, director of research of at consulting firm Parks Associates. “A platform-based approach and their advertising business will b ...read more

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Facebook's latest ambition: becoming a hub for TV-style content

It’s a small price to pay for a company with more than $32 billion in cash and marketable securities — compared with about $1.2 billion for Netflix — to establish itself as a prime destination in the new age of TV, analysts say.

“Facebook’s business model has been built around driving users to access Facebook multiple times per day,” said Brett Sappington, director of research of consulting firm Parks Associates.

Nearly every time they come, users see ads — and each vide ...read more

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