Top OTT Streaming Services - 1
According to Parks Associates, the 2018 top ten paid over the top (OTT) streaming services in America were (ranked from one to ten) Netflix, Amazon's Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Now, Starz, MLB.TV, Showtime, CBS All Access, Sling TV and DirectTV Now. Parks Associates has been referenced by a number of credible publications (that is, The Motley Fool, Adweek, Variety and Multichannel News among others) which highlights the credibility of this company in OTT matters. Below is a deep dive of these OTT streaming companies.
Netflix was founded in 1997 in Los Gatos, California. This company has grown to become the leading international online entertainment service. The company currently has 139 million global paid subscribers with in 190 countries. The service is available in three monthly pricing options (that is, basic — $7.99 monthly, standard — $9.99 monthly and premium — $11.99 monthly). Netflix tops the Parks Associates' list of top OTT streaming services with its 58.5 million United States paid subscribers.
2. Amazon's Prime Video
Amazon's Prime Video is a video streaming service that was launched in 2011. This service affords Prime members access to thousands of videos and TV series at no additional cost. Additionally, Prime Video provides Prime members with an option to buy or rent videos that are not part of the Prime Video's free offering. Although Amazon's Prime members were more than 100 million, active Prime Video users were 26 million in 2018 — making Prime Video the second top OTT streaming service provider in the Parks Associate's ranking.
Hulu is a leading streaming service that was launched in 2008 in Santa Monica, California. Hulu offers premium on-demand and live videos and TV. These services are offered at between $5.99 to $44.99 monthly subscriptions. Parks Associates ranks Hulu in position three with its 25 million paid American subscribers.
4. HBO Now
Home Box Office (HBO) Now is a streaming service that was launched in 2015. This service allows users to enjoy thousands of videos from HBO including the popular Game of Thrones series. Monthly subscriptions start from $14.99. Parks Associates ranks HBO Now in position four in its 2018 top OTT streaming services providers list. This service had an estimated 8 million paid subscribers in 2018.
Starz is a Liongate subsidiary that was founded in 1994 in Santa Monica, California. Starz offers its global audience over 10,000 premium feature films and television episodes. Its streaming services are available at $8.99 monthly. The company was in the fifth position in Parks Associates' 2018 OTT streaming providers list. It had an estimated 3 million paid subscribers in 2018.
Major League Baseball (MLB.TV) was launched in 2002. The service prides itself as the most successful, as well as, the longest-running live streaming sports service in America. MLB.TV is available in two pricing options (that is, single team at $91.99 yearly and all teams at $118.99 yearly or $24.99 monthly subscriptions). Parks Associates ranks MLB.TV at position six in its 2018 OTT streaming providers list. MLB.TV was estimated to have around 3 million subscribers in 2018.
Showtime is a subsidiary of CBS Corporation. The OTT service was inaugurated in 2015. The service offers users award-winning series, movies, documentaries and sports (for example, Shameless and Homeland). Showtime was ranked at position seven in Parks Associates 2018 OTT streaming providers list. The OTT service had an estimated 2.5 million paid subscribers in 2018.
8. CBS All Access
CBS All Access is an on-demand OTT streaming service that was launched in 2014. Subscribers of this service have access to over 10,000 episodes, live TV streaming and original productions including Star Trek, Twilight Zone and One Dollar among others. Monthly subscriptions are between $5.99 and $9.99 with an option to pay yearly. CBS All Access was ranked at position eight of Parks Associates 2018 OTT streaming providers list. This service had an estimated 2.5 million paid subscribers in 2018.
9. Sling TV
Sling TV was officially launched in 2015 in Englewood, Colorado. The service was formed to target Americans cord-cutters. The service enables its users to enjoy their favorite movies, sports, and documentaries among others at a price of $25 per month. Sling TV was ranked at position nine in Parks Associates 2018 OTT streaming providers list. The service had an estimated 2.4 million paid subscribers in 2018.
10. DirecTV Now
DirecTV Now is a subsidiary of AT&T and was founded in 2016. The service allows its users to enjoy on-demand live TV streaming with two monthly subscriptions (that is, $50 per month for over 40 channels and $70 per month for over 50 channels). DirecTV Now was ranked at the tenth position in Parks Associates 2018 OTT streaming providers list. The service had an estimated 1.6 million paid subscribers in 2018.