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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Nvidia's New Shield TV Models Add Dolby Vision, Atmos

Nevertheless, it might not help Nvidia expand the reach of its Shield TV products. For most consumers, Dolby support may be just "nice to have."

"Dolby sound is certainly a selling point to audiophiles," acknowledged Kristen Hanich, senior analyst at Parks Assocates, a Dallas, Texas-based market research and consulting company specializing in consumer technology products.

"However, not a lot of consumers own home theater systems nowadays, and Parks Associates consumer su ...read more

Monday, October 28, 2019

Want to binge watch? New streaming TV services will make you wait

But to some viewers, going a week after a dramatic cliffhanger “seems like it’s old school,” said Brett Sappington, principal analyst at Parks Associates.

“For some consumers, that can be frustrating,” he said. “Expectations are just different today.”
While it started among younger viewers, binge viewing of several episodes is now common among all age groups, Sappington said.  

From the article "Want to binge watch? New streaming TV services will make you wait" by Lisa ...read more

Monday, October 28, 2019

59% of broadband-enabled UK households now access video content online

The proportion of UK households with broadband connections utilising the service to access online video content has reached 59%, according to new research.

Parks Associates relayed their key finding in advance of the Connections Europe summit in Amsterdam next month which will examine the rapidly expanding marketplace for connected consumer devices.

From the article "59% of broadband-enabled UK households now access video content online" by John Glenday.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Report: Over 2M U.S. households will have a self-monitored security system in 2019

According to a new report from Parks Associates, the proliferation of DIY solutions continues to have significant impact on the resident security market as the research firm predicts that more than two million U.S. broadband households are expected to a self-monitored security system by the end of the 2019.
The report, “Home Security: Market Sizing and Forecasts,” notes that 23% of self-monitored systems are fee-based, collecting on average $9 per month in 2019, and 22% also i ...read more

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Roku Bolsters Its Strongest Business With a $150 Million Acquisition

The bears once believed Roku's hardware business would be crushed by rivals like Alphabet's Google Chromecast, Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) Fire TV, and Apple TV. Yet Roku consistently remains the most popular streaming device maker in the U.S., according to Parks Associates' latest numbers.

Between the first quarters of 2017 and 2019, Roku's domestic share of streaming devices rose from 37% to 39%, while its closest rival, Amazon, grew its share from 24% to 30%. However, the gros ...read more

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Streaming Is the New Cable

"NBC has announced its own service that will launch in 2020, and CBS' success is part of the motivation," said Brett Sappington, senior research director at Parks Associates.
"NBC also wants to gain a foothold in the OTT space rather than being left out," he told TechNewsWorld. 

From the article "Streaming Is the New Cable" by Peter Suciu.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Netflix Gets Small Wall Street Boost After Q3 Earnings Surpass Expectations

“Consumers don’t necessarily see a need to decide between Netflix and the new, high profile services, particularly since many of the new services are priced under $8 per month,” Parks Associates analyst Brett Sappington told TheWrap. “Most see it as ‘Netflix and,’ not ‘Netflix or.'”

From the article "Netflix Gets Small Wall Street Boost After Q3 Earnings Surpass Expectations" by Sean Burch.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Google continues to ignore the Chromecast, the best product it ever made

The numbers also suggest customers, at least in the United States, have begun to pick Roku and Amazon over Google. A study by Parks Associates found that the Chromecast now makes up only 11% of the media streaming device market — a worrying drop from 21% three years ago. Meanwhile, Roku and Amazon have witnessed dramatic growth and represent 39% and 30% of the total share respectively.

From the article "Google continues to ignore the Chromecast, the best product it ever made ...read more

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