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Parks Associates: Over Half of US Broadband Households Who Trial an OTT Video Subscription Service Convert to Paying Subscribers
[April 03, 2019]

Parks Associates: Over Half of US Broadband Households Who Trial an OTT Video Subscription Service Convert to Paying Subscribers

DALLAS, April 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from Parks Associates finds 58% of US broadband households who trial an OTT video subscription service convert to paying subscribers. The firm will present its OTT research at the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas, including highlights from OTT Video Services: Purchasing and Perceived Value, which reports that the conversion rate from free trial to paying subscriber is higher among consumers who trial multiple services.

"Some OTT providers have expressed concerns that consumers might be churning through trials to avoid paying. While some trial abuse likely occurs, the high rate of conversion suggests that most users are actively evaluating for genuine adoption," said Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates. "Among users trialing three or more services, almost 80% subscribe to at least one of the services that they tested."

Sappington will participate at the Streaming Summit during the NAB Show, where he will join other OTT experts to address the trends in streaming services and the video market, including the impact of Apple's recent announcements regarding the company's Aple TV+ streaming service and the Apple TV app. The panel will take place on April 9 at 1:30 PM in Room N251 (North Hall).

OTT Video Services: Purchasing and Perceived Value examines current perceptions, adoption, and use among consumers for SVOD, AVOD, and TVOD OTT video services, including average amount spent, number of services taken per household, drivers of adoption, and OTT service churn.

"Free trials are an established and effective part of the OTT landscape, but as they become a commoditized offering in an increasingly crowded market, services will experiment with the model to make their service stand out," Sappington said. "For example, Sling TV recently began allowing non-subscribers unauthenticated access to limited content, essentially a pre-trial opportunity that encourages viewers to begin an actual trial."

For information on OTT Video Services: Purchasing and Perceived Value, contact To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Elizabeth Parks at, 972-996-0202.

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, Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, and Future of Video: OTT, Pay TV, and Digital Media.


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