New Parks Associates research shows that 31% of U.S. broadband households have multiple OTT service subscriptions, which is nearly one-half of the 63% of U.S. broadband households subscribing to at least one OTT service. The most popular service stack is Netflix and Amazon Video -- 12% of all U.S. broadband households have this combination.
"Parks Associates, through our OTT Video Market Tracker service, has identified the service-stacking phenomenon as an important step in the growth of the U.S. OTT video services marketplace," said Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates. "Consumer willingness to subscribe to multiple services provides the consumer-paid revenues necessary for continued industry growth."
"There are service stackers willing to experiment with different OTT combinations as new services arise," Sappington said. "The regular release of high-quality original content, such as The Grand Tour (Amazon) and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix), ensures the large OTT players will remain a core, consistent subscription among service-stacking households."
Netflix has yet to announce its plans for CES 2017, but the streaming giant could roll out an offline viewing mode, which has been a long-rumored addition. At CES 2016, the OTT leader expanded its global service and launched in almost every country in the world.
Amazon, which recently launched a standalone streaming music service, is working to tie its online services to its expanding ecosystem of connected home products, including the Echo.
"The average spending on subscription OTT video has increased over the past four years, with a notable jump in 2016," said Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. "The average monthly spend of $7.95 on subscription OTT video services is remarkably close to the $7.99 pricing of the lowest tiers of service for Netflix and Hulu, indicating that consumer expectations for U.S. market pricing has been set by Hulu and Netflix."