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Thursday, January 25, 2018

HDR standards: Competitive tempo picks up in 2018

For content distributors, the decision-making process goes like this, said Brett Sappington, senior research director at Parks Associates.

“Typically, device makers support multiple formats out of fear that they will miss the ‘right’ format that ultimately wins out,” Sappington said. “So [TV] manufacturers are the first line to pare the least popular formats.”

Next in line are content distributors that “want to support a small number of formats due to the cost and effort ...read more

Thursday, January 25, 2018

With 1 Gbps speeds, Verizon’s 5G fixed wireless service will leapfrog the competition

And speeds appear to matter. Parks Associates reported way back in 2015 that fully one quarter of Americans who switched to a new ISP "did so in order to obtain a faster service at a comparable price."

And that’s why Verizon’s 1 Gpbs pledge for fixed wireless is so important. The 1 Gbps speed is rapidly becoming the de facto residential broadband gold standard, and Verizon is promising that it can reach that benchmark wirelessly. You have to admit that’s pretty impressive; G ...read more

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Large Majority of Broadband Households Use WiFi as Primary Connection, Study Says

More than 60% of broadband households in the United States with a networking router received that device from their broadband service provider, according to a new Parks Associates whitepaper.

Sponsored by Calix, a manufacturer of telecommunications access equipment for service providers, the whitepaper addresses operator strategies to enhance customer premise equipment (CPE) and expand their footprint in the connected home.

From the article "Large Majority of Broadband H ...read more

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Apple's HomePod Set to Barge Into Hot Speaker Market

"Apple is restricting Siri support for third-party applications, which may hamper growth of the product ecosystem and play as an advantage to competitors," said Dina Abdelrazik, a research analyst with Parks Associates.

Where voice commands are processed for the HomePod also could be a problem for the product, she noted.

"Apple is shifting the processing of vocal commands away from the HomePod and onto an iOS device paired to the HomePod," Abdelrazik told TechNewsWorld. ...read more

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Consumers Are Spending More Money on Mobile Streaming Apps

While these numbers reflect a growing comfort with watching premium content on mobile among consumers, it also paints a picture of what premium platforms aren’t getting much love. For instance, fuboTV, a sports first streaming service, is no where to be found on the list and neither is Sling TV, DISH’s live OTT TV platform. Of course, sports viewing is known to be more of a living room pastime and SlingTV, which made the “Top 10 US OTT Subscription Services” list released by the ...read more

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How OTT Will Innovate In 2018

With many media and content companies jumping on the streaming TV bandwagon, the marketplace is becoming increasingly fragmented, and it’s creating even more competition for high-quality content to keep viewers hooked: Already there are over 200 OTT services in the U.S. market, according to Parks Associates.

From the article "How OTT Will Innovate In 2018" by Jim Wilson.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Unlimited Data No Longer Gets Mobile Subscribers to Change Plans

While unlimited data plans were once sought after by mobile subscribers who worried video viewing would use up their data allotment too quickly, those plans no longer get customers to switch carriers. That data comes from the researchers at Parks Associates, who report that only 14 percent of mobile customers in the U.S. switched providers as the most recent change to their mobile subscription.

Parks finds that 39 percent of mobile customers have made a change to their accou ...read more

Friday, January 19, 2018

AT&T gooses $45 prepaid plan with cheaper iPhones

And, as a recent report from Parks Associates noted, consumers are increasingly drawn to the simplified pricing offers in prepaid. The firm said that “currently postpaid carriers are starting to explore new value-added services such as bundled entertainment packages as new upsell options,” according to a release.

Also in its report, Parks Associates reported that only 39% of mobile subscribers have made a plan change in the past 12 months, typically either a plan upgrade or ...read more

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