SOURCE: Parks Associates

Parks Associates

January 18, 2017 09:15 ET

Parks Associates: 15% of U.S. broadband households have antenna-only TV service

New consumer research finds steady increase coincides with drop in pay-TV subscriptions

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Jan 18, 2017) -  New cord-cutter consumer research from Parks Associates shows the percentage of U.S. broadband households that use only antennas to receive TV has steadily increased since 2013 to reach 15%. 360 View: Entertainment Services in U.S. Broadband Households reveals this increase coincides with a drop in pay-TV subscriptions and an increase in Internet-only video subscriptions.

"Pay-TV subscriptions have dropped each year since 2014, falling to 81% of U.S. broadband households in Q3 2016," said Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates. "Several factors have played a part in this decline, including growth in the OTT video market, increasing costs for pay-TV services, and consumer awareness of available online alternatives."

Parks Associates notes declining pay-TV satisfaction in each of the last three years. Only one-third of pay-TV subscribers are very satisfied with their pay-TV service. According to Parks Associates' OTT Video Market Tracker, 63% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT service and 31% of U.S. broadband households have multiple OTT service subscriptions.

"Pay-TV providers are adapting to address a fundamentally different video services market than existed three years ago. Challenges still remain for consumers in aggregating and discovering their favorite content and being able to watch on their preferred screen. Live broadcasts of high-profile events remain a challenge for online delivery, though pay TV and broadcast TV conquered live distribution long ago," Sappington said. "These challenges represent areas in which pay-TV providers, or new entrants, can still win consumer attention, viewership, and revenue."

360 View: Entertainment Services in U.S. Broadband Households examines trends in broadband and pay-TV adoption. It analyzes the impact of over-the-top (OTT) services as well as cord-cutting and cord-shaving on pay-TV services. It quantifies the growing ecosystem of connected entertainment devices in U.S. broadband households and their impact on broadband and video consumption and also assesses consumer demand for new pay-TV features. Additional research shows:

  • In 2016, twice as many subscribers downgraded (12%) their pay-TV service than upgraded (6%) it.
  • The likelihood of non-subscribers adopting pay TV has declined since 2012.
  • Only one-half as many Cord Nevers adopted pay TV in 2016 (2%) as in 2015 (4%).
  • The size of the Cord Never segment is slowly increasing.

"With the continued decline of traditional pay-TV subscriptions, 2017 will be characterized by the rise of online pay-TV services," Sappington said. "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."

More information about this 360 View is available at www.parksassociates.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific data, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com, 720.987.6614.

About Parks Associates
Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes digital media and platforms, entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, support services, consumer apps, advanced advertising, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts industry webcasts, the CONNECTIONS™ Conference Series, Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, and Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer. http://www.parksassociates.com

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