It is a fact that the use of dedicated streaming devices is correlated with lower uptake of traditional pay-TV services. However, new research from The Diffusion Group finds that one brand is particularly detrimental to legacy interests: Roku.
In its ninth iteration of Benchmarking the Connected Consumer, TDG found that 35% of Roku users do not subscribe to a legacy pay-TV service, notably greater than the 27% of adult broadband users in general, most of which enjoy streaming TV.
“Given its substantial footprint and brand strength, Roku devices are becoming a favorite of those living without legacy pay-TV,” notes Michael Greeson, TDG President. “The assortment of free and fee-based video apps in the Roku portal is undoubtedly a reason why we observe these correlations. For many TV streamers, buying a Roku, and getting access to the Roku video ecosystem, is no longer just an easy way to supplement their legacy pay-TV service, but a means of replacing it.”
By 2020, TDG forecasts that streaming sticks will near 45% penetration among US broadband households, with iSTBs close behind. “Should Roku remain the dominant brand, and continue to expand its vast OTT content ecosystem,” says Greeson, “legacy pay-TV will suffer.”