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Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku dominate streaming media device market with 86% of sales

A new Parks Associates report on streaming media devices reports four brands – Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku – accounted for 86% of all units sold to U.S. broadband households in 2014. This market concentration will force new entrants to develop unique solutions in order to have an impact in this expanding ecosystem. The Streaming Media Device Landscape estimates that 86 million streaming media devices will be sold globally in 2019.

“Roku continues to lead streaming media device sales in the U.S. with 34% of units sold in 2014. Google is second with 23%, and new entrant Amazon overtook Apple for third place,” said Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates. “The market consolidation around these four brands forces new entrants to develop more creative features and functionality to tap into the strong consumer demand for streaming content. Devices with additional functionality such as the Intel Compute Stick may be a sign of things to come, where streaming is not the primary function but an extra feature to provide additional value.”

The Streaming Media Device Landscape reports that nearly 20% of U.S. broadband households own at least one streaming media player, such as a Roku 3, Amazon Fire TV, or Apple TV. Eight percent own at least one streaming stick, such as a Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Roku’s HDMI Streaming Stick, while 2% own both form factors.

“Device shipments and sales receipts are important performance measures, but an equally critical metric for device makers is ongoing usage,” Kraus said. “Usage will drive alternate revenue streams such as content sales and advertising. Roku devices are the most used among U.S. broadband households that own a streaming media device at 37%, followed by Google Chromecast at 19%, Apple TV at 17%, and Amazon Fire TV devices at 14%.”

The Streaming Media Device Landscape is available for purchase. More information is available at www.parksassociates.com

Source: http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/pr-aug2015-steaming-media-landscape

DreamWorks Animation in Sale Talks With Japan’s SoftBank

Japanese conglomerate SoftBank is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation in a deal that would value the company at $3.4 billion, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

DWA founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg would sign a five-year contract to remain with the company, according to the source, who says the DWA board held an emergency meeting Thursday to consider the offer. SoftBank is said to have offered $32 a share. DWA stock closed at $22 per share on Friday.

A DWA spokesperson said, “We don’t comment on rumors and speculation.”

Former Google executive Nikesh Arora, who joined SoftBank in July, is said to have been a liaison between DWA and his new firm. Arora is the head of a newly formed unit, SoftBank Internet and Media Inc.

Katzenberg has long sought a buyer for his company, which began as the animation division of DreamWorks Studios and was spun off as a public company in 2004. DWA currently releases its movies through 20th Century Fox.

DWA has been on a roller-coaster ride in the stock market as it moves from one release to the next. The issue in a prospective sale has always been valuation. The company’s 2014 releases include the underperforming Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which grossed $273 million worldwide, and the more successful How to Train Your Dragon 2, which pulled in $611 million this summer.

SoftBank has been in the news lately because of its $20 million investment in Chinese Internet giant Alibaba, a stake now worth a minimum of $60 billion. The sprawling company is considered undervalued and on Sept. 25, Jefferies Group LLC rated SoftBank as “a compelling buy opportunity.”

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

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YouTube Music Key: Google’s ad-free music service

Google’s long-expected YouTube music service will be called YouTube Music Key and will feature more than 20m songs and videos curated specifically for YouTube.

The YouTube music service will offer a 30-day free trial, with a $9.99 monthly subscription giving access to “high-quality tracks – complete albums, organised into artist discographies”, specifically for YouTube with both video and audio-only streaming and offline listening, according to Android Police.

It is expected that the YouTube service will link in with Google’s existing Play Music All Access music subscription service, which costs $9.99 or £9.99 a month in the UK and is expected to be rebranded Google Play Music Key.

Concerts, covers and remixes

The YouTube service will offer concert footage, covers and remixes in addition to the official discographies of artists, according to reports. Google will offer an enhanced version of YouTube’s existing recommendation engine based on user consumption, making suggestions of what to listen to as users watch videos on YouTube.

The service will be available through a browser on a computer as well as through smartphones, tablets and Google’s Chromecast streaming media stick.

Google’s YouTube music service has been expected for a long time, which recently stalled due to negotiations with music labels. Google was also accused of strong-arming independent labels who refused to sign up for the new music service, threatening to block them from YouTube according to indie trade body Win.

YouTube Music Key is expected to be offered once remaining disputes over licensing have been resolved, but could be a US-only service in launch. It is unknown when Music Key will be launched with speculation putting it before the end of 2014.

Google declined to comment.


Source: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/19/youtube-music-key-reportedly-googles-new-music-service


Google Chromecast in decline

Research from Parks Associates reports that usage of Google Chromecast appears to be declining while adoption of streaming media players has increased to nearly 20 per cent of US broadband households, up from 14 per cent in 2012.

The new Google Chromecast dongle is pictured on an electronic screen as it is announced during a Google event at Dogpatch Studio in San Francisco

The research, which includes data and analysis of a Q1 2014 consumer survey of 10,000 US broadband households, shows ownership of Chromecasts is steady at approximately 6 per cent of US broadband households, but monthly usage rates are slightly lower than the last two quarters of 2013. The percentage of Chromecast owners who use the device at least monthly to view web pages on a TV declined from 76 per cent in Q3 2013 to 57 per cent in Q1 2014. Similarly, the percentage of Chromecast owners who use the device at least monthly to watch online video on a TV dropped from 78 per cent to 73 per cent.

“Streaming media players are starting to play a bigger role in home entertainment, but interest in new entry Google Chromecast is waning,” said John Barrett, director, Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates. “Streaming media players, thanks to their ease-of-use, trail only game consoles and smart TVs as the most frequently used streaming media device in the home. By contrast, only about 22 per cent of Chromecast owners say it is the most frequently used streaming device in their home.”

The research also finds smart-TV adoption increased to over one-third of US broadband households.

“As consumers add new devices to their home, the usage habits in the home change and adapt to the new device, its benefits, and its capabilities,” said Brett Sappington, director, research, Parks Associates. “Chromecast was introduced last summer. Given the low price, many consumers purchased one and began experimenting with it, producing high initial use. Over time, however, owners developed a better understanding of Chromecast’s usefulness and appropriate niche in the video-viewing environment. Some continue to use Chromecast regularly, while others are choosing different options to get online video to their televisions.”

source: advanced-television.com

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