Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Churn On Subscription OTT Services In The U.S. Is Down Slightly, Year-On-Year

19% of U.S. broadband households have cancelled an OTT service in the past 12 months, compared to 20% during 2015. The figures are from Parks Associates, the research and forecasting firm. OTT services have been stable for the past year, with top services Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu all reducing their churn rates, the company says. The figures relate to paid-for services and not free trials. If you focus on households that still currently subscribe to an OTT video service, one-thi more

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

OTT Plus Terrestrial TV Makes U.S. Cord-Cutting Easier And Sling TV Exploits The Phenomenon With Hybrid AirTV Device

In the U.S., 2017 will be characterized by the rise of online Pay TV services, according to the research company Parks Associates. “While traditional Pay TV provides superior viewing quality, OTT video commonly excels in discovery, portability and personalized user experiences. Consumers care less about the network used to deliver the content than they do about access to the content, ease of use, and convenience,” says Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research at the company more

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

How Device Innovation Is Changing The Pay TV Landscape

The report includes insights from DISH Network, SES/HD Plus, Sling TV, NOW TV (Sky), Ampere Analysis, Futuresource Consulting, Parks Associates, Strategy Analytics, IHS Markit, Pay-TV Innovation Forum, NAGRA, SoftAtHome and others. It investigates the growing market for low-cost paid video, how Pay TV providers are chasing new opportunities, how device innovation is creating new ways to deliver and market Pay TV, and why the Pay TV industry still wants its own device ecosystem. more

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Last Week’s Dyn Denial Of Service Attack Demonstrates The Need To Protect IoT Devices

Looking at IoT security from a consumer point of view, the research firm Parks Associates has found that almost half of U.S. broadband households rank privacy as their greatest concern when connecting devices to the Internet. The company has highlighted wider issues associated with the growth in data analytics including the use of viewing and consumption history.

According to Brad Russell, Research Analyst at Parks Associates: “Near the end of 2015, 40% of U.S. broadband hou more

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Securing video analytics data: the law and best practice

Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research at Parks Associates, says compliance and security considerations are forcing operators to decide whether or not data security should be part of their core business. “Do I have an internal group of security experts, or do I turn to experts outside of my organization? Many of them look at it and say, my core business is video, I’m not sure I want to be in the security business. Some do decide that they want it in-house, but for many th more

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Major Operators Live With Verspective Data Analytics Platform, And Evaluation Programme Unveiled At IBC

For video service providers, adopting a data analytics solution is fast becoming a must-have but it exposes them to new security and privacy risks. The report outlines the challenges and solutions, with contributions from Unitymedia, Deutsche Telekom, KPN, Telefónica, Verimatrix, GroupM, Parks Associates, Olswang (international law firm) and many others.

From the article "Major Operators Live With Verspective Data Analytics Platform, And Evaluation Programme Unveiled At IBC" more

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cisco Will Use Data Science To Counter OTT Password Sharing

OTT video service credential sharing – or password sharing – cost the media industry $500 million in direct revenues during 2015, according to research published by Parks Associates in July. Now Cisco is working on a solution that could put an end to this phenomenon, which impacts Pay TV operators (via their Pay Lite and TV Everywhere services) the same way it affects other OTT providers. The anti-sharing fix harnesses the kind of algorithmic data science that the credit card in more

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Securing Video Analytics Data To Enhance Pay-TV Profitability

For video service providers, adopting a data analytics solution is fast becoming a must-have. The benefits can be dramatic, from more viewing to reduced churn. But data analytics exposes companies to new security and privacy risks that must be addressed. This report outlines the challenges and solutions in three main sections: Evolving Data-Handling and Privacy Rules; Data Analytics Integrity – Securing Data Collection; and Breaking Down Silos While Acknowledging ‘Rules and Role more

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