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Saturday, September 09, 2017

For Apple TV, The Price Is The Problem

In late 2014, Amazon launched the Fire TV Stick for $40. Compared to the $100 Fire TV box that launched earlier that year, the Stick had significant performance hiccups, and the first version of its remote control didn’t support voice commands.

But again, consumers didn’t mind. Within a year, Amazon’s stick was outselling its box 3 to 1, according to Parks Associates. A spokeswoman for Parks says the Fire TV Stick now makes up 81% of all Amazon Fire TV devices owned in U.S. ...read more

Thursday, September 07, 2017

News, Rumors, and More: Here's Everything We Know about the Apple TV

In keeping with the Washington Post report, Bloomberg believes the tech giant plans to officially announce the new set-top streamer in September, alongside three new iPhone models and a new Apple Watch. The news comes on the heels of a report by Parks Associates, which revealed that Apple held only a 15 percent share in the streaming device market, trailing Roku (at number one), Amazon, and Google, respectively. Since the most recent Apple TV released in 2015, those companies ha ...read more

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Apple Is Losing Its Cool Factor, And That's A Problem If It Wants To Break Into TV

Apple’s final miss on the cool front has been in the streaming device market, where three recent studies, from Parks Associates, ComScore and eMarketer have Apple TV trailing significantly behind Roku, Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV in terms of market share.

Here again, Apple came into a market where the early competition (Roku) was not only fairly well-designed but had an avid fan base as well. And the product Apple introduced just wasn’t all that. In this case, it was wel ...read more

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

European smart home market awakens

According to Parks Associaties in their new report IoT Connectivity in Europe: Value of Connected Products, companies in this space across the globe are exploring strategies to overcome market inhibitors and realise the opportunities emerging from the power of connectivity.

“Some European companies have been hesitant to jump into the IoT space due to their sense that this area suffers from overhype and gadgetry,” said Tricia Parks, founder, president, and CEO, Parks Associat ...read more

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Apple Really Needs To Get On The Stick

A new study from Parks Associates confirms earlier studies from ComScore and eMarketer this year: Roku is running away with the streaming device market while Apple is lagging way behind, controlling a mere 15% of the market.

The consensus from industry observers is that this is due to two factors: lack of options (Apple TV does not have Amazon video, though it’s scheduled to get it this week) and, more than anything, Apple TV’s astoundingly high price.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Roku IPO stands a fighting chance in a market hostile to tech offerings

Roku lost $24.2 million in the first six months of 2017 and has accumulated $244 million in losses during its history. Giant rivals can spend millions on moonshots that end up as failures, and the world may never know the exact financial toll of these endeavors. Roku, as a company going public, has no such margin of error.

But here’s what Roku has going for it. CEO Anthony Wood saw a few years ago that the market for streaming-TV devices like the Apple TV was limited, so he ...read more

Friday, September 01, 2017

Roku's IPO filing reveals plans to raise $100 million

Analyst Parks Associates announced just a couple of weeks ago that according to its estimates, Roku is increasing its lead in the streaming media player landscape, now accounting for 37 percent of streaming media players. The ability to turn all those active users into viewers of subscription or ad supported channels that Roku does make money on will be its main challenge, but so far the company's mostly content-agnostic approach has worked for publishers and viewers alike.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Calling all fitness freaks: Samsung's new wearables want you

While Apple and Samsung still talk up the fashion aspects of their devices, they've now shifted to emphasize something else even more: health and fitness. People may want their smartwatches to look good, but they want their wearables to help them get in shape too.

"The wearables landscape is evolving to a place where health and fitness is now the No. 1 purchase driver," David Ng, senior manager of product marketing at Samsung North America, said during a briefing with report ...read more

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