Blog articles from 02/2010

The cross-platform app market just got smaller…and yet bigger at the same time. This week Pocketgear announced its acquisition of Handango, a leading competitor in the direct to consumer, cross-platform app market. The acquisition and merger of the two will bring the unified company into closer competitive range with the market leader Apple App Store. It will also serve to make the company a more appetizing choice for mobile carriers and device manufacturers preferring to outsource app...
 
by Parks Associates | Feb. 26, 2010
Tags: mobile, retail, smartphones
For anyone following the Health Care Reform Summit yesterday (25 February, 2010), consensus may not be a word that comes readily to mind. However, despite the diversity of concepts and ideas expressed at the gathering there was one that did not meet with debate from either party, i.e., the need for better overall healthcare coordination. Throughout the debate, on both sides of the table, as theories over what could or should be done to improve the American Healthcare system were being...
 
by Parks Associates | Feb. 26, 2010
Tags: virtual care

But survey work done by Parks Associates, a market-research company based in Dallas, Texas, suggests that only 15-20% of consumers are willing to sign up for such “time-of-use” or “demand response” programmes. And 35% of customers say they would not allow the utility to control thermostats in their homes at any price. Intriguingly, though, the survey also shows that over 80% of households would pay up to $100 for cost-saving equipment if it chopped at least 10% off their monthly...
 
by Parks Associates | Feb. 26, 2010
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Radialpoint , the leading provider of ISP-managed services and support for the digital home, has been named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for the second consecutive year. Established in 1993, Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies is a national awards program recognizing Canadian companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. For more information, visit http://www.canadas50best.com . For the full press release,...
 
by Parks Associates | Feb. 26, 2010
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HomeGrid Forum kicked off 2010 with a bang as it welcomed four new members to the global, non-profit trade group promoting the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union's (ITU-T) G.hn standardization efforts. HomeGrid Forum's new members include: Polaris Networks, Taiwan-based IC Plus Corp, the Institute for Information Industry (III) and Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI). By joining HomeGrid Forum, these companies are recognizing the importance of G.hn as...
 
by Parks Associates | Feb. 26, 2010
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There's interesting news today about more pay-TV provider approaches to convergence solutions. * Qwest has apparently made an investment in ZillionTV. ZillionTV is aiming to deliver 15,000 movies, TV shows and other video selections by the time it launches, and has distribution agreements with several studios including Walt Disney Co., 20th Century Fox Television, NBC Universal, Sony and Warner Bros. * Cablevision is launching a PC-to-TV solution that will allow consumers to...
 
by Kurt Scherf | Feb. 25, 2010
Tags: pay TV, TV Everywhere

Interesting news from Telecom Italia that they are going to deploy a hybrid set-top box (reported to be an Intel-based box supplied by Amino) that will receive broadcast DTT channels and online video. With all of the hand-wringing going on about cord-cutting here in the U.S., I think the threat is far more serious in Europe, where free DTT service is already a barrier to growth for both IPTV and cable operators. We've heard from European operators that the hybrid set-top box...
 
by Kurt Scherf | Feb. 25, 2010
Tags: online video, set top, TV Everywhere
Most communications service providers (CSPs) are currently focused on offering backhaul communication solutions to utilities looking to delve into the smart grid, but that doesn’t mean they’re not equipped to offer more. According to Bill Ablondi , Parks Associates’ director of home systems, there’s room for telcos – amongst the IT companies and home-area network vendors – to carve a niche in remote energy management (REM), with or without the help of a utility. At its...
 
by Parks Associates | Feb. 25, 2010
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