Connected CE and Platforms

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Roku increases market share among streaming media players, extending its lead on Amazon, Google, and Apple

Roku leads streaming media player brand share among U.S. broadband households with 37% of installed base

New consumer research from Parks Associates reveals Roku is increasing its lead in the streaming media player landscape. As of Q1 2017, 37% of streaming media players owned by U.S. broadband households are Roku devices, up from one-third in Q1 2016. The firm’s latest industry report Reinventing CE: Transforming Devices to Service Platforms shows this increase in share of ...read more

Thursday, June 29, 2017

9% of U.S. broadband households plan to purchase a VR headset in the next year

New report shows Samsung and Sony leading the VR market

Parks Associates today announced a new industry report revealing that 9% of U.S. broadband households plan to purchase a virtual reality headset within the next year. Virtual Reality: Disrupting the Entertainment Experience shows purchase intentions have nearly doubled since early 2016, when only 5% planned to purchase a VR headset.

“The budding virtual reality market is just in its infancy,” said Hunter Sappington, ...read more

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Connected CE Purchase Rates Stable now but Show Steady Decline since 2008

Nearly one-half of all broadband households have a smart TV

Recent consumer research from Parks Associates reveals challenges manufacturers face as they seek to drive higher rates of purchase in the connected CE markets. 360 View: CE Adoption & Trends notes that while consumer intentions in 2017 mirror the levels of the previous two years, the long-term trend shows lower percentages of households buying CE than in the past, with purchasing rates dropping from 87% in 2008 to ...read more

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

23% of U.S. broadband households own wireless earbuds, and 16% own wireless headphones

Research firm notes Apple’s departure from audio jacks will spur wireless headset purchases

Parks Associates announced consumer research today showing that near the end of 2016, 23% of U.S. broadband households owned wireless earbuds and 16% owned wireless headphones. 360 View Update: Streaming Audio Devices notes that adoption of wireless audio devices showed no substantial growth from 2015-2016, but given Apple’s decision to forgo the audio jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone ...read more

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Adoption of voice assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home more than doubles from 2015 to 2016

New report shows 56% of U.S. broadband households find it appealing to use voice assistance to control smart home devices

Parks Associates today announced new smart home research showing that the adoption rate of smart speakers with voice assistants grew from 5% of U.S. broadband households in Q4 2015 to 12% in Q4 2016. Voice Assistants and Technologies: Ecosystem and Market Leaders examines the growing market for these smart home devices and the impact of voice control as a ...read more

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Pre-purchase experience key to adoption of virtual reality headsets

New industry snapshot shows 15% of consumers who try a VR headset buy one

A new market snapshot by Parks Associates reveals 50% of consumers who try a VR (virtual reality) headset enjoy it and make plans to purchase one, while 15% who try one enjoy the experience and then buy a headset.This research, from Consumer Strategies and Use Cases for Virtual and Augmented Reality, highlights the importance of personal experience in driving the success of virtual reality headset sale ...read more

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Adoption of Internet-connected entertainment devices increases 11% during one-year period

Consumer research shows 73% of U.S. broadband households have at least one entertainment device connected to the Internet

A new industry report from Parks Associates finds that 73% of U.S. broadband households connect one or more in-home entertainment devices to the Internet, an increase of 11% from the beginning of 2015. Streaming Media Devices: Trends and Innovation examines this growing market, which includes smart TVs, gaming consoles, streaming media players, Blu-ray p ...read more

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

8% of millennials plan to buy a virtual reality headset by end of the year

Success of Pokémon Go boosting awareness of VR and augmented reality products

New connected CE research from Parks Associates reveals that 8%, or 1.5 million, millennials plan to purchase a virtual reality (VR) headset in 2016, and not surprisingly, this segment is the most familiar with augmented reality (AR) technology. Connected CE & Services: Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers shows that 4% of millennials (heads-of-household ages 18-34) own a VR headset, compared to ...read more

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