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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Voice first world’ nears: Smart devices + artificial intelligence = end of touch

And 55 percent of families with broadband say voice control is “appealing,” thus “driving adoption and usage of voice control devices and apps.” In fact as we head into the 2018 holiday season, 43 percent of households with broadband say voice control is an “important feature” when these families decide what smart TV or streaming media player device to buy.

Craig Leslie, Senior Research Analyst, Parks Associates, points out: “Voice is becoming a common feature in connected e ...read more

Thursday, November 15, 2018

When the News Went Live... Online

A decline in local broadcast news viewership has exacerbated the decline in diversity of coverage. Consumers have been replacing local news with news from social media and national outlets.

Recent surveys have confirmed the overall growth of social media news, growth among viewers 50 and older, and social media's place among young viewers. Sixty-seven percent of U.S. adults reported getting some of their news from social media in 2017, up from 62 percent in 2016, Parks Assoc ...read more

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Parks: Broadcast TV Decline Continues, Representing Less Than Half of Viewing on TV Screens

Live broadcast TV has plummeted to 44% of consumption on televisions at the end of last year, down from 60% five years earlier, according to new research from Parks Associates. The research firm said that the broadcast TV decline continues in 2018, with broadcast television accounting for only 42% of all video consumption on TV by the end of the third quarter of 2018 as consumers continue to shift to over-the-top (OTT) services.

According to the newly released Parks Associat ...read more

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Research: Interest in Home Emergency Systems for Consumers Over 50

Parks Associates research shows that 50 percent of consumers ages 50 and older in U.S. broadband households are very interested in an emergency panic button service or home emergency system. The international research firm will address how solutions that improve quality of life for seniors are expanding market opportunities for independent living solutions at the 13th-annual CONNECTIONS Summit: IoT and the Smart Home on January 8 at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, which concludes with a ...read more

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

More Subscription Streaming Sites Will Soon Go Down, Fox Exec Predicts

Indeed, Parks Associates recently tallied the known universe of subscription streaming services at more than 200. And Fox Networks senior VP of distribution Sherry Brennan said that “only a handful of platforms can support themselves in the niche OTT world.”

From the article "More Subscription Streaming Sites Will Soon Go Down, Fox Exec Predicts" by Daniel Frankel.

Friday, November 09, 2018

HBO Fires Back at Dish in Blackout Tussle

For its part, Univision said it extended an olive branch, but that Dish so far has shown no willingness to back down. That could be a portent of how the HBO negotiations will proceed in the days or weeks to come.

"Dish has a long history of aggressive carriage negotiations with networks," noted Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates.

"It has been unafraid to have blackouts, or to eliminate channels from their packages, if they cannot reach term ...read more

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Netflix Tops OTT Services, Amazon Prime and Hulu Follow

Amazon Prime and Hulu follow, based on an estimated number of subs from Parks Associates. HBO Now and Starz round out the top 5. MLB.TV took sixth followed by Showtime and CBS All Access. Parks Associates noted that online pay-TV services Sling TV and DirecTV Now surpass Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV and PlayStation Vue to make the top 10.

OTT video sub penetration has reached 64% of US broadband households, according to Parks’ OTT Video Market Tracker, with 36% of broadband ...read more

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Top 10 Most Popular Streaming Services, According to New Report

Netflix is king among streaming services, but a new report has estimated how the others fall in line.

“HBO, Starz, Showtime and CBS All Access demonstrate the powerful attractiveness of original content through series like Game of Thrones and Star Trek: Discovery,” said Brett Sappington, senior director of research, Parks Associates, in a statement. “This pattern suggests new services such as WarnerMedia’s DC Universe and the forthcoming streaming service from Disney could a ...read more

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