Parks: 31% of pay TV subs want place-shifting DVRs

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More pay TV subscribers want to be able to access to programs stored on their DVRs similar to the way Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) customers can use its Sling product to watch video from set-tops in their homes on any Internet-connected device, Parks Associates said Friday.

The research firm released a report that found 31 percent of pay TV subscribers want access to place-shifting devices. Its surveys also found that 27 percent of multichannel subscribers are interested in TV Everywhere content, and 26 percent want the personalized programming recommendations that can be delivered from new interactive program guides from providers such as Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) and TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO).

"Remote access to DVR content was the most popular among pay-TV households without that service," John Barrett, Parks director of consumer analytics, said in a prepared statement.

Dish sibling EchoStar supplies it with Sling-powered set-tops. Last September, EchoStar struck a deal with set-top manufacturer Arris (Nasdaq: ARRS) which would allow it to offer place-shifting through its Media Streamer 4000 device, which can stream live and DVR content to mobile devices.

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