Online video the most important video source for young consumers

Parks Associates presents new OTT video services research in webcast

Dallas, TX, March 20, 2014 - Over 50% of U.S. broadband households now use paid over-the-top (OTT) video services, either subscription or transactional, according to research from Parks Associates. The firm, which also notes 37% of consumers 18-24 say online video is their most important video source, will discuss its consumer research and analysis for online video in the complimentary webcast "OTT Services: Moving from Sideline to Primetime," Thursday, March 27, 1 p.m. CT (11 a.m. PT).


"Parks Associates research shows 45% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to a paid online video service, with younger consumers such as Millennials more likely than older consumers to use OTT services," said John Barrett, director, Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates. "In our upcoming webcast, we will discuss the emerging role of over-the-top video and its relationship to pay-TV services."

According to the market research firm, online video is one of the most important sources of video among all U.S. broadband households. Over 40% of U.S. broadband households selected online video as one of the top three important sources of video, versus 25% for rented DVDs or 13% for owned Blu-ray discs.

Barrett and Brett Sappington, Director, Research, Parks Associates, will lead the March 27 webcast discussion on global trends in OTT services and the role of pay-TV providers in the future of OTT. The webcast will feature Parks Associates' latest consumer research on usage, segmentation, expenditures, and motivations regarding OTT services. Topics include:
• Impact of OTT video services on the traditional video ecosystem
• Global overview of online video market
• Response of pay-TV providers to OTT threats
• Consumer usage, segmentation, expenditures, and motivations regarding OTT services

Online video, OTT services, and pay-TV provider strategies will also be focuses of Parks Associates' 18th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference on May 13-15, 2014, in San Francisco. The sessions "OTT Services in a Pay-TV World" and "Young Consumers and the Future of Video Services" analyze future strategies for service providers in the video content ecosystem.

CONNECTIONS™ Keynotes include AT&T, Cisco, Lowe's, ARRIS, and iControl Networks. Sponsors for CONNECTIONS™ include CEA, iControl Networks, Amdocs, Lowe's, Qualcomm, Arrayent, NETGEAR, PlanetEcosystem, Support.com, Z-Wave, AlertMe, Honeywell, Linear, SmartRG, Ayla Networks, and GreenWave Reality.

Press can register for the webcast at http://www.parksassociates.com/ott-services-march2014. CONNECTIONS™ press passes for are available at http://www.parksassociates.com/events/connections-us/media/presspass.

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 new media, digital entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security. http://www.parksassociates.com

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