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Research: 5% US connected homes have just pay-TV

January 5, 2024

Research firm Parks Associates’ latest update of its Streaming Video Tracker reveals that just 5 per cent of US Internet households have only a pay-TV service, indicating legacy pay-TV companies continue to lose subscribers to streaming video services. However, the average annualised industry churn rate for streaming services is 50 per cent meaning many streaming services are also struggling to keep their customers.

“Sixty-five per cent of Internet households have a smart TV,” advises Eric Sorensen, Director, Streaming Video Tracker, Parks Associates. “This platform interface serves as the entry point for many households to their content services. Competition for attention is extreme, while the continued rollout of the ATSC 3.0 standard gives viewers even more options, so in 2024, we will see increased consolidation, mergers, and acquisitions as all providers must find ways to innovate alongside the greater emphasis on profitability.”

Parks notes that traditional telcos are exploring new ways to get their products in front of streaming consumers with services such as Cox’s Neighborhood TV. Cox is positioning this hyperlocal streaming service to expand its influences in its communities and as a gateway to attract consumers to its phone, Internet, and TV bundle. Station groups such as Sinclair and Hearst have also launched local streaming services to leverage the consumer desire for local content in this age of streaming.

“The hyperlocal approach clearly attracts interest from consumers,” Sorensen adds. “With the increase of AVoD business models, consumer adoption indicates that relevance is a key factor, namely consumers are likely to turn off services if the service and messaging are repetitive and irrelevant to them. Even manufacturers recognise the need for personalisation—for example, LG will be displaying its MyView smart monitors at CES 2024, which the company designed to deliver a personalised experience to the user.”

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