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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Conviva Launches Content Insights, Introduces New Standard for Streaming Media Strategy, Promotion and Monetization Decisions

Parks Associates consumer research reports that 27% of U.S. broadband households use 3+ OTT services. “The streaming video service marketplace is diverse, fragmented and highly competitive, with hundreds of services available. Differentiation is difficult. Leading players are using data in unique ways that create areas of competitive advantage,” said Brett Sappington, Senior Research Director and Principal Analyst, Parks Associates. “Subscriber churn, content licensing decisions more

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Google's Super-Sized Nest Hub Draws Mixed Reviews

Google has included a hardware switch on the unit that shuts off both the camera and microphone.
"The ability to shut off both the camera and the microphone will appeal to those who have privacy concerns regarding these devices," said Dina Abdelrazik, research analyst at Dallas-based Parks Associates, a market research and consulting company specializing in consumer technology products.

"Privacy concerns with always-on listening devices is a key barrier to adoption of voic more

Monday, September 09, 2019

Apple's Services Push Gives It a Fresh Incentive to Launch a New Apple TV

Apple TV's share of the streaming player market is still believed to be well below that of Roku (ROKU - Get Report) and Amazon's. A survey done by research firm Parks Associates indicated that Apple TV accounted for 13% of the installed base of streaming players owned by U.S. households with broadband in Q1 2019; Roku devices and Amazon's Fire TV devices were estimated, respectively, to account for 39% and 30%. Last year, eMarketer forecast that 25.1 million Americans would use more

Friday, September 06, 2019

GPS trackers are leaking info on your kids: What to do

A growing number of consumers (79%, according to Parks & Associates research), are concerned about privacy in their smart devices. CNET has made privacy and security a much bigger factor when reviewing and rating the best smart home devices. We now have a senior editor, Ry Crist, who has a special focus on security and privacy across the smart home. So, stayed tuned to CNET for more on this important topic.

From the article "GPS trackers are leaking info on your kids: What t more

Friday, September 06, 2019

Amazon Ramps Up Its Efforts to Contain Roku's Growth

Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) controlled 69% of the US streaming device market in the first quarter of 2019, according to Parks Associates. Between the first quarters of 2017 and 2019, Roku's share rose from 37% to 39%, while Amazon's share climbed from 24% to 30%.
Roku's resilience allayed fears that Amazon's new Fire TV set-top boxes and Fire TVs would throttle its growth. However, Amazon recently introduced a wide range of new Fire TV devices -- including a ne more

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band for Better Sleep

According to Philips and a Park Associates survey [1], about 40 percent of people in the US alone report difficulty in maintaining a sufficient amount of sleep consistently and according to the British snoring and apnea association, close to 25% women and around 40% of all men snore, disturbing the sleep of their partner.

From the article "Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band for Better Sleep" by Eliane Fiolet.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

SleepScore Labs Announces ‘SleepScore CheckUp’, the Industry-First ‘Sleep Report for Doctor’ In-App Feature

According to a recent report of Parks Associates, 49% of people say that they see value in bringing sleep data collected from their sleep tracker to their doctor if needed. This is why we developed SleepScore CheckUp: serving both doctors and people with a detailed longitudinal report on the customer’s objectively measured sleep for the most recent 30 nights of sleep.1” 

From the industry press release "SleepScore Labs Announces ‘SleepScore CheckUp’, the Industry-First ‘Slee more

Friday, August 30, 2019

Smart home devices have a big data problem, and it's growing

That trend, to start making customers pay to access data, dovetails with research found by Parks Associates earlier this year, which noted that new smart home security customers spend about $55, on average, each month for these services. But companies that started several years ago, were more eager for people to adopt their products, and gave this data storage away for free.From the article

"Smart home devices have a big data problem, and it's growing" by Lauren Barack. more

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