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Monday, October 09, 2017

The State Of The Smart Home: Voice Control

Fifty-five percent of U.S. broadband households find it appealing to use voice control to control or understand the status of connected devices, according to recent research from Parks Associates.

“The act of ‘waking up’ a personal assistant by simply calling its name is a natural and intrinsic way of interacting with devices and has facilitated a robust user experience,” said Dina Abdelrazik, research analyst, Parks Associates. “The strong consumer response to voice control ...read more

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Netflix price hike probably not the last for cord cutters

Netflix — in nearly half of U.S. broadband homes, according to Parks Associates — has angered customers with past price hikes. Six years ago, Netflix lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers when it raised the prices for its plan offering streaming video and DVD rentals from $9.99 to $15.98. 

From the article "Netflix price hike probably not the last for cord cutters" by Mike Snider.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Netflix raises prices on U.S.-based plans

Beyond its immediate effect on subscribers, the price increase foreshadows a future in which the streaming video market is dominated by a handful of players that have captured the majority of a family’s limited entertainment budget.

There’s some evidence that consumers are willing to pay for more than one streaming service, said Glenn Hower, a senior analyst at Parks Associates, a research firm. The question is whether there’s an upper limit to this number.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Multifamily Roundtable Session to Highlight Generational Characteristics on Tech

To present the content for this session, the TecHome Builder Summit is bringing in one of the leaders in home technology research. Tom Kerber, the director of IoT strategy for Parks Associates, will be delivering the presentation. Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services.

Kerber has years of experience in the tech industry, and is a veteran of speaking at key in ...read more

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Where’s the antenna support on streaming-TV boxes?

Antenna use is on the rise. According to Parks Associates, 15 percent of U.S. homes with broadband service used an antenna instead of traditional pay TV service in Q3 2016, up from around 10 percent a couple years earlier. Over-the-air has become so prevalent that Nielsen is now tracking antenna channel viewership in many markets, as it does with cable.

From the article "Where’s the antenna support on streaming-TV boxes?" by Jared Newman.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

They Started With $10,000. Now They're Taking on ESPN

It's no wonder that OTT is on everyone's mind. In 2016, Major League Baseball's streaming service, MLB.TV, was the fourth-most popular streaming service in the U.S., after Net­flix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, according to research firm Parks Associates. Flo investor World Wrestling Entertainment is fifth. Last year, Twitter streamed 10 NFL games that also aired on TV; this year, Amazon will. Those deals are little more than toes in the water, but the thought of Amazon or Face ...read more

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Women Know What Consumers Want: VCs Need To Wise Up

A whopping 117 million Americans are expected to need assistance with caregiving, according The Caregiving Innovation Frontiers by AARP and Parks Associates. It’s a $42.9 billion market. Yet, perhaps because women are the primary purchasers of these services, venture capitalists are ignoring this market opportunity.

From the article "Women Know What Consumers Want: VCs Need To Wise Up" by Geri Stengel.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Parks Finds Smartwatch Adoption in 14% of U.S. Broadband Households

Smartwatches are increasingly popular while tablets may have peaked, according to research from Parks Associates. The “360 View: Mobility & The App Economy” report found that smartwatch adoption reached 14% among U.S. broadband households in the second quarter and that smartwatch adoption has been steady since 2016. The tablet category, however, may have reached its high water mark during the first quarter of last year with a penetration rate of 72%.

From the article "Parks ...read more

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