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Monday, April 10, 2017

What Marketers Can Learn About Compelling Characters And Engaging Content From WrestleMania

WWE engages its fan base in multiple media with engaging content. According to Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer, “We have five hours of live content on USA Network every single week, 52 weeks a year. No off-season, no re-runs. It's an opportunity to keep our fans engaged and never let them off the hook because our storylines continue all year long. And we now have almost two million subscribers on the WWE Network. It is the fifth largest OTT service in the United States an ...read more

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

YouTube TV: Millennials will love TV on their phones, trust us!

YouTube TV is also available to watch on laptop and desktop computers, which for many young people equates to the biggest screen in the house.

But at launch, YouTube TV doesn't have support for other streaming devices like Roku or Amazon Fire TV, even though those products are more popular than Chromecast. According to the most recent data from researcher Parks Associates, Roku was the most-purchased line of streaming media players in the US, with a 30 percent share. Amazon' ...read more

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

YouTube TV Goes Live in Google’s Biggest Swipe at Comcast Yet

The name YouTube alone carries weight as a signifier of people’s viewing habits migrating online. And for networks taking part in YouTube TV’s launch, that could make coming aboard the service seem like a smarter move than saying no. “YouTube brings the brand in online video (to live internet TV),” says Glenn Hower, a senior digital media analyst with research firm Parks Associates. If any platform is likely to cannibalize (more) viewers, it’s YouTube. To not participate as more ...read more

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Here's why Amazon is paying so much more to stream 'Thursday Night Football'

Amazon is estimated to be investing more than $3 billion in original content for shows like “The Man in the High Castle.” But even after it paid $970 million in 2014 to buy Twitch, a streaming video service popular among gamers, it has yet to make live content a key feature on its own service.

“This is Amazon taking the opportunity to show that it can broadcast live events at scale,” said Glenn Hower, an analyst for Parks Associates. “Amazon may see this as an investment, a ...read more

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

YouTube TV goes live in Google's biggest swipe at Comcast yet

The name YouTube alone carries weight as a signifier of people’s viewing habits migrating online. And for networks taking part in YouTube TV’s launch, that could make coming aboard the service seem like a smarter move than saying no. “YouTube brings the brand in online video (to live internet TV),” says Glenn Hower, a senior digital media analyst with research firm Parks Associates. If any platform is likely to cannibalize (more) viewers, it’s YouTube. To not participate as more ...read more

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Who’s next? Apple, Amazon, CenturyLink may join streaming pay-TV fray

Depending on who you ask, the next entrant to the market could be just about anyone.

“I think that CenturyLink is sniffing around that space as well,” said Brett Sappington, senior director of research for Parks Associates.

Indeed, CenturyLink in February said it is losing customers on its Prism IPTV product, and it plans to replace it with OTT service in the second quarter.

From the article "Who’s next? Apple, Amazon, CenturyLink may join streaming pay-TV fray" by M ...read more

Monday, April 03, 2017

Consumers’ Adoption Of Voice Assistants Doubled In Q1 – Here’s Why

The use of artificial intelligence-based voice assistants is growing rapidly, thanks the consumer interest in “smart home” devices offered by Amazon, Google, Samsung, Apple, and others.

That in turn has fueled the rise of voice search and changed the way consumers connect with local businesses and services.

About 12 percent of consumers surveyed by tech consultancy Parks Associates say that they used smart speakers with voice assistants during Q1 — more than double what ...read more

Thursday, March 30, 2017

The future of mobile payments – are there too many options that are confusing consumers and merchants?

“Merchants are still slowly upgrading their retail point of sale (POS) systems to support various mobile payment options while new payment options keep showing up. No merchants have provided a complete list of payment solutions that their POS terminals support, neither do payment solution providers offer a complete and up-to-date list of merchants accepting their respective solutions. Consumers have to second-guess which payment option they could use. In a situation like this, a ...read more

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