The number of connected households that have smart thermostats more than doubled in the past two years, according to market research firm Parks Associates. With 36 percent of broadband-using households interested in a system that manages and monitors their home energy use, Parks Associates predict that half of all American homes will be smart homes by 2020.
Energy consumption starts with the overall heating and cooling equipment; thermostat watts are just a small portion of ...read more
“Content is a difficult enough business to turn a profit, but Amazon’s key advantage is that its business is so incredibly diverse. From Amazon Studios to Amazon Web Services to its retail operations, any division can make a profit that raises all of the other divisions. For Amazon, the tide indeed does raise all ships,” said Glenn Hower, a senior research analyst with Parks Associates.
From the article "Why Amazon is spending so much to rival Netflix" by Elizabeth Weise.
Even if he is ultimately successful, O’Reilly probably will find that his podcast audience will be a fraction of the size of the crowd that faithfully tuned into “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, which this year had been averaging about 4 million viewers an episode, according to Nielsen.
“As we saw with the failure of the Sarah Palin Channel, personality alone will not drive adoption,” said Glenn Hower, senior research analyst of the Dallas media consulting firm Parks Assoc ...read more
Given the novelty and still-early market penetration of voice assistants, the fact that 12.1 percent said they were likely and 3.6 percent checked “very likely” is a surprisingly positive response that correlates closely with another recent study by Parks. A recent Parks Associates report stated that 12 percent of homes with broadband service had smart speakers with voice assistants in the last quarter of 2016.
From the article "What Would You be Willing to Give Up for a Mon ...read more
Almost one out of three people who use a free trial to try out a streaming video service end up subscribing, researcher Parks Associates said Monday. That "sizeable portion" of trial users dwarfs the amount of people who abuse free try-outs, Parks senior analyst Glenn Hower said.
From the article "What percentage of people pay after free Netflix trial ends?"
Almost one out of three people who use a free trial to try out a streaming video service end up subscribing, researcher Parks Associates said Monday.
That "sizeable portion" of trial users dwarfs the amount of people who abuse free try-outs, Parks senior analyst Glenn Hower said.
"There is a potential for free trial abuse, but only roughly 1 percent of consumers are 'serial trialers,'" he said. "Most consumers use trials for their intended purpose of trying out a service ...read more