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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Synamedia sees pay TV driving growth for 3-4 years before IPO

Media research firm Magrid has found that 26% of millennials share passwords for video streaming services, while Parks Associates predicts that in 2021, $9.9 billion of pay-TV revenues and $1.2 billion of OTT revenues will be lost to credentials sharing.

From the article "Synamedia sees pay TV driving growth for 3-4 years before IPO" by Steven Scheer.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Google Chromecast’s surprising origins—and uncertain future

New research out this week from Parks Associates found that Chromecast makes up just 11% of all streaming players installed in the United States, down from 21% three years ago. Meanwhile, Roku’s U.S. install base is up to 39%, and Amazon Fire TV has climbed to 30%.

Kristen Hanich, a senior analyst at Parks Associates, says that when the firm tested consumer perception of the four largest streaming platforms (Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, and Apple TV), it found that Chromecast ...read more

Monday, July 29, 2019

3 Innovative Technologies for Improving OTT QoE

OTT video is hot. A recent report from Parks Associates predicted that video streaming services will accelerate globally over the next 5 years, with more than 310 million connected households having at least one OTT service by 2024—equating to some 586 million subscriptions overall.

From the article "3 Innovative Technologies for Improving OTT QoE" by Thierry Fautier.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Bringing WiFi Routers Out of the Shadows

What’s interesting, then, is recent data from Parks Associates that showed what a massive opportunity the industry has when it comes to pushing the latest in in-home WiFi technology. While roughly 70 percent of U.S. broadband households have a home network router, according to Parks, only 11 percent are using a whole-home WiFi mesh-networking product. Further, only 22 percent are using any kind of WiFi network extender to improve coverage throughout their home.

“Mesh networ ...read more

Friday, July 26, 2019

What the CBS Blackout Means for the Future of Streaming

"The question is the degree to which consumers value content other than CBS, and whether CBS will be missing permanently from the AT&T lineup," said Brett Sappington, principal analyst at Parks Associates.
"Those consumers that subscribe to pay-TV primarily to get CBS have probably already cut the cord for CBS All Access," he told TechNewsWorld. "The remainder likely value the rest of the content in their channel package. This remainder will likely pay $5.99 per month along wi ...read more

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Amazon & Roku Control Almost 70% of The US Streaming Player Market

We have known for some time now that Roku and Amazon have dominated the United States streaming market. Now according to Parks Associates Roku and Amazon now control almost 70% of the market. This leaves the Apple TV, Android TV, and Chromecast to fight over the last 30%.

“The adoption of Roku and Fire TV streaming media players continues to grow at the expense of Chromecast and Apple TV,” said Parks Associates Senior Analyst Craig Leslie.

From the article "Amazon & Roku ...read more

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Amazon Prime Video app arrives on Oculus Go VR headset

Despite a respectable amount of content and games for virtual reality headsets – and options like Oculus Go driving down the cost of ownership – virtual reality has yet to tap into much of the U.S. marketplace. According to Parks Associates, 8% of U.S. broadband households own a VR headset, while just 25% are familiar with VR headsets. The research firm’s new study, "Virtual Reality: The Evolving Ecosystem," found that consumer familiarity with VR technology stayed stuck on appr ...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

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