20% 'highly sensitive' to data mining

Aug. 8, 2018
According to Parks Associates, approximately 20% of U.S. broadband households are highly sensitive to data mining, the collection and use of ...

According to Parks Associates, approximately 20% of U.S. broadband households are highly sensitive to data mining, the collection and use of information about themselves and their activities. While those consumers understand that many companies use that data, 80% believe that they receive little in return for use of their data.

"While traditional companies in the pay TV marketplace use data in all of their decisions, new companies in the entertainment ecosystem such as Google take data use to the next level," said Brett Sappington, Parks' senior director of research. "These companies were built in the age of big data, which allows them to iterate their services, software, user experiences and content investment decisions much more quickly than traditional players. However, the traditional pay TV players do have one notable advantage regarding the consumer - trust. One-third of U.S. broadband households feel that online video services are poor protectors of their data compared to pay TV providers."

The research house recommends that pay TV providers and cable networks continue to gain data-oriented expertise and integrate data-centric features into their offerings that are transparent to consumers about data being gathered as well as incentives that come with that collection.

"The North American pay TV market will experience a slow net decline in subscribers, falling from a market penetration of 79% in 2018 to 73% by the end of 2023," Sappington said. "Cable and pay TV companies see the challenges ahead and are exploring new ways of doing business in order to better perform, compete and attract a new generation of customers."

Other findings indicate:

  • 42% of U.S. broadband households would have greater confidence in sharing data if they could access a website or app that shows what data is being collected.
  • Almost 40% of U.S. broadband households strongly believe that it is impossible to keep data private from companies whose products they use.
  • More than one-half of consumers strongly believe that they do not get much in return for sharing their data.
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