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Monday, June 10, 2019

5 Early Indicators That Apple Has The Stuff To Compete With The Streaming Heavyweights

Consumers, though, opted for cheaper Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast sticks that were all priced at $30-$40, and Apple largely missed the rise of streaming. Apple’s market share of connected-TV devices in 2017 was 15 percent and falling, according to Parks Associates research report.

From the article "5 Early Indicators That Apple Has The Stuff To Compete With The Streaming Heavyweights" by Scott Porch.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Deeper Dive—Hopefully, Quibi knows what it’s doing

There are figures that support Quibi’s decision, like Cisco’s forecast that 79% of global mobile data traffic will be video by 2022, up from 59% in 2017. But there is also data showing that the TV screen is still a key source of entertainment for many people. Parks Associates found that 52% of U.S. broadband households surveyed now watch online video (SVOD, AVOD, etc.) on a connected TV. Conviva said connected TV viewing hours increased 121% in 2018 and that connected TVs repres ...read more

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Charter to Offer Enhanced Smart Home Security with Apple HomeKit

We reported last week that more consumers were adding home security systems. The number of U.S. broadband homes with security systems ticked upward – from 26% to 28% — as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, according to Parks Associates.

From the article "Charter to Offer Enhanced Smart Home Security with Apple HomeKit" by Phil Britt.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Alexa, how’s the smart home revolution doing? As it turns out, just fine

More than a third of broadband-equipped households now own at least one remotely monitored internet-connected device, with smart speakers outpacing the next most popular categories — thermostats and networked cameras — by a margin of more than three to one, analysts at Parks Associates report.

Parks Associates, a research firm that is focused on consumer trends in connected devices and services, bases its findings on quarterly surveys of 10,000 consumers. The company announc ...read more

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Oculus Quest Standalone VR Headset Launches

A tech reviewer from the Verge reported that Oculus’ Insight system “genuinely seems to work,” noting previous bad experience with similar “inside-out” headset tracking on other devices.
It is yet to be seen if the latest VR headset will spark interest in more consumers. In April, research from Parks Associates showed that only 8 percent of U.S. broadband households own a VR headset, while 25 percent were familiar with VR headsets.

From the article "Oculus Quest Standalone ...read more

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CBS sees consumers taking as many as 10 OTT video subscriptions

If DeBevoise’s 10 OTT service prediction comes true, and Parks Associates’ latest top 10 U.S. OTT video service rankings hold up, then All Access and Showtime OTT have a good shot at making the cut as adoption of OTT services expand. Parks ranked Showtime and CBS All Access at seven and eight, respectively, behind Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Now, Starz and MLB.TV.

From the article "CBS sees consumers taking as many as 10 OTT video subscriptions " by Ben Munson.

Monday, May 20, 2019

What is Wi-Fi 6 and why you're going to want it

I have, let me see, seven Wi-Fi enabled devices currently running in my home office. That includes a tablet, a smartphone, five laptops, and a Roku streaming the last episode of Game of Thrones. That's about par. According to Parks Associates, the average home in 2017 had nine Wi-Fi equipped devices. Offices have far more. That means distributing the internet to so much gear has become a real problem. That's where Wi-Fi 6 comes in. 

From the article "What is Wi-Fi 6 and why ...read more

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Fresh Faces Of Streaming: How Will Existing Services Fare As Big-Budget Competitors Enter The Fray?

As of this writing, there are 235 over-the-top [OTT] video services available in the U.S., according to market tracker Parks Associates. And even though customers are increasingly doing away with their traditional pay-TV bundles, the question for all of the new entrants is whether they will bring must-have offerings to the crowded marketplace. Studies have shown that three services tend to be the limit in most households—how will the new breed replace one of the current must-hav ...read more

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