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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Is DirecTV Now Still a Good Deal for Consumers?

That means no “Storage Wars, no “The Walking Dead,” no “Property Brothers,” and no “The Daily Show.”

It's not unusual for services to reconfigure their plans after they launch, says Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates. "Rival [streaming] service Sling TV has had several iterations of its service, including a recent price change to make Sling Blue and Sling Orange the same $25 per month price."

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

DIY smart home security devices twice as attractive than professional services

People are twice more likely to buy individual smart locks, doorbells and security cameras than sign up for a professional home monitoring service. That's the findings of a new report from security research firm Parks Associates, "360 Deep Dive: Pricing Strategies for Residential Security,"which looked at broadband households in the U.S. and their interest in securing their space.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Smart security gadgets could outsell professional systems 2 to 1

Lots of folks consider getting a professionally-monitored home security system to protect their house -- but consider this: A new study from Parks Associates found that twice as many consumers intend to buy a standalone smart security gadget like a video doorbell or a smart lock, instead.

Specifically, 16 percent of respondents plan to buy a gadget like that in the next year, compared to 8 percent who plan to buy a home security system.

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Thursday, March 07, 2019

Parks: OTT Viewing Migrating to the Largest Screen in the Home

OTT viewing is increasingly taking place in the living room, with more than half (52%) of U.S. broadband households now watching online video on an internet-connected television, according to a new report from Parks Associates.

Additionally, more than half (55%) of U.S. broadband households indicated that among their top favorite leisure activities is watching movies or television at home.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

August Adds Wireless HD Video Doorbell to Smart Home Line

The wireless chime included with View also separates the doorbell from the pack.

"A chime is usually an add-on extra, something you'd have to pay extra for," said Brad Russell, an analyst at Dallas, Texas-based Parks Associates, a market research and consulting company specializing in consumer technology products.

"August is trying to offer more value for less money and compete more effectively against Ring in the consumer channel," he told TechNewsWorld.

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Monday, March 04, 2019

Dealers Need to Offer More Than Alarm Monitoring to Compete, Report Says

More than 70% of security dealers in the United States offer services beyond traditional monitoring as these firms continue exploring ways to strengthen service bundles and differentiate in an increasingly competitive market, according to Parks Associates.
Parks Associates’ annual Security Dealer Survey found 42% of security dealers report offering video verification services, and 21% offer aging-in-place/independent living solutions.

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Friday, March 01, 2019

Password sharing could be costing SVODs billions each year

Password sharing is estimated to result in billions of dollars in missed revenue for both SVOD and pay-TV over time, and the problem is getting worse. For its part, the US cable industry is expected to see password sharing losses rise to $9.9 billion by 2021, up from $3.5 billion in 2017, per Parks Associates.

From the article "Password sharing could be costing SVODs billions each year" by Audrey Schomer.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Best Buy sees growth thanks in part to connected devices

Meanwhile, Best Buy's push into services and its increasing assortment of smart-home devices—which are now in one out of four U.S. households with broadband Internet, according to researcher Parks Associates—have helped sustain the turnaround plan that CEO Hubert Joly began six years ago. Networked devices like door locks and cameras were among the best-selling items for Best Buy over the holidays, along with appliances, video games and wearable devices such as activity trackers ...read more

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