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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Creating Spotify for sports to counter piracy

Research from Parks Associates estimates that the cost of video piracy this year alone for pay-TV and OTT providers will be $9.1 billion in lost revenue.

By 2024, that number will rise to $12.5 billion, representing a 38% growth rate.

Nagra vice president of anti-piracy Jean-Philippe Plantevin said: “We know we want to fight piracy at industry level, especially important for the sports industry to copy what the studios have done.”

From the article "Creating Spotify f ...read more

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Nancy Grace joining Fox News' streaming service to host 'Crime Stories with Nancy Grace'

Finley said Fox is happy with the number of subscribers Fox Nation has after one year, although the company won’t release any statistics. The market research firm Parks Associates estimates that it has between 200,000 and 300,000 subscribers.

For a niche product designed to attract a specific type of user — fans of the television network — that’s pretty good, said Brett Sappington, senior research director at Parks Associates.

This past summer, Fox Nation also began stre ...read more

Monday, November 25, 2019

Health Tech Trends: Connected Devices, Telehealth, Independent Living Solutions

Wearables have been seeing tremendous growth since Parks Associates first started tracking the category in 2013. Fitness trackers or watches are reaching almost a quarter of broadband households, at an adoption rate of 23 percent.

The distinct form factors are blurring, as fitness trackers and smartwatches serve overlapping needs, and marketing messages do not draw a clear difference. Overall, smartwatches are gaining ground quickly, and one-third of smartwatch owners used a ...read more

Thursday, November 21, 2019

AI, Sensors and Video Surveillance Verification: Home Security Innovations You Need to Know

Video analytics applications employ artificial intelligence to detect and identify persons, objects, animals, packages, license plates and other subjects of interest visible in video camera feeds. Video analytics can also be fused with other contextual sensor data to validate the meaning and intent of the video subject, a critical issue in security use cases.

Advances in enterprise video analytics are trickling down to consumer applications as chip, sensor and Cloud computin ...read more

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

DIY causing home security disruption

Research from Parks Associates shows that over the past six years, self-installed home security systems are gaining momentum, slowly, but traction no less, over professionally installed systems. Recent research from Parks found 51 percent of security system owners who acquired their security system in the past 12 months self-installed it. This is up from only 10 percent of security system owners who acquired their system six or more years ago. Additionally, 88 percent of self-in ...read more

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Streaming Era Has Finally Arrived. Everything Is About to Change.

Streaming services, of course, have been challenging the Hollywood status quo for years. Netflix began streaming movies and television shows in 2007 and has grown into a giant, spending $12 billion on programming this year to entertain more than 158 million subscribers worldwide. There are 271 online video services available in the United States, according to the research firm Parks Associates, one for seemingly every predilection — Pongalo for telenovelas, AeroCinema for aviati ...read more

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Speed bumps on the way to smart cities

Data security concerns are still the top hurdle to the adoption of initiatives involving connected devices, including smart-city deployments, per 451 Research.

According to research released this week by Parks Associates, 63% of the general public are concerned about cybersecurity, and 71% of people with smart devices are concerned about cybersecurity.

Skepticism over how companies working with city governments are using citizen data can slow down the process of getting ...read more

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Netflix Challengers: Are There Flies in the Ointment?

Parks Associates estimates that over the past five years, the number of SVOD services has more than doubled, to 271. And projections are that subscription streaming will grow at a faster clip than any other segment of home entertainment — almost as fast, one observer noted wryly, as traditional cable loses subscribers.

From the article "Netflix Challengers: Are There Flies in the Ointment?" by Thomas K. Arnold.

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