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Friday, September 21, 2018

Streaming TV Is Alphabet’s ‘One That Got Away’

Google’s Chromecast streaming-TV device didn’t lose ground, but given that it’s only utilized as a streaming TV device by 17% of streaming video viewers — despite launching in 2013 with considerably less competition at the time — it’s a very un-Google-like result. Parks Associates recently compiled similar data of their own, and came to the same basic conclusion — Chromecast competitors like Amazon’s Fire and Roku are gaining market share, at Google’s expense.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

OTT Subscription Churn Rate Steady at 18%: Parks

About 18% of U.S. broadband households canceled a over-the-top video service, a rate that has held steady over the past three years, according to research from Parks Associates.

OTT video subscriptions are relatively new compared to traditional pay-TV and while they are growing quickly, data about churn rates is still emerging.

From the article "OTT Subscription Churn Rate Steady at 18%: Parks" by Jon Lafayette.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Smart Cities & How They Might Interface With Smart Homes

With a smart city the whole is greater than its parts. This holds true for the smart home, too. In today’s world of smart homes, IoT and smart cities, the network, wireless connectivity and data rule. As Parks Associates stated, “Smart cities are one of the most promising 5G use cases — although most cities pursuing smart solutions are currently in the testing phase, massive IoT deployments are already beginning to roll out. Top smart city applications include smart street light more

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Poll shows consumers not sure what 'Internet of Things' means

Dyn, the sites' common DNS provider, said its investigation showed that many of the compromised smart devices had been infected with a malware because of inadequate security protections. Since then, manufacturers have been under increased pressure to regularly update firmware on smart devices.

A 2017 report by Parks Associates showed 41 percent of U.S. homes with wifi planned to purchase a smart appliance or other wifi-connected household device in the next 12 months, meanin more

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

DISH, Independa transform in-home entertainment and care experiences for senior living

"Parks Associates research reports 29 percent of seniors age 65 and older find it appealing to have a video consultation with a doctor directly through their TV," said Elizabeth Parks, senior vice president at Parks Associates. "TV-enabled video solutions allow access to in-home care experiences for seniors who want to stay independent in their homes."

DISH's voice remote interprets natural language to control navigation, search and content selection on Wally. It also featur more

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Amazon rumors show ad-supported video picking up steam

Roku is still ahead of Amazon Fire TV in the U.S. streaming player market, according to May 2018 figures from Parks Associates. And Roku is taking advantage of that through the launch of its own ad-supported Roku Channel. So far, it’s been having a positive effect.

Roku’s second-quarter platform revenue grew 96% year-over-year, with advertising revenue representing the largest driver. The company said ARPU in the second quarter increased 48% year-over-year to a record $16.60 more

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Amazon to Open New Front in Streaming Wars

It would also open another front in a competitive streaming platform battle that pits Amazon's Fire TV against Roku Inc. , Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android TV and Apple TV (tvOS), as well as smart TV-focused operating systems from Samsung Corp. (Tizen) and LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) (webOS). In Q1, Roku led the streaming media player sector with a 37% share, according to Parks Associates .

From the article "Amazon to Open New Front in Streaming Wars " more

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Save Time and Money with DIY Home Security

There's a burgeoning market for DIY home security products, thanks to advances in smart tech and more robust, easy-to-install offerings from home security manufacturers. According to market research firm Parks Associates, up to 30 percent of new sales for home security are DIY. This figure is only expected to grow.

For consumers ready to do it themselves, DIY home security systems offer substantial value over professionally installed and monitored systems—value derived not o more

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