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Monday, October 26, 2020

Google's DIY Security Exit Spurs Doubts About Segment's Future: Parks

Google's decision to discontinue its three-year-old Nest Secure do-it-yourself security system wasn’t a surprise, given Google’s $450 million investment in security stalwart ADT in August, Parks Associates analyst Brad Russell told us. It raises questions about the staying power of the DIY security system market, Russell said, noting the low uptake of recurring monthly contracts in the segment vs. the 88% adoption among professionally installed systems.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

HBO Max: Everything to know about HBO's streaming app

But two crucial streaming devices don't have HBO Max. Neither Roku nor Amazon Fire TV devices support HBO Max, even though those devices represent the vast majority of streaming devices in the US. Researcher Parks Associates estimated that nearly 70% of installed streaming TV devices in the country were either Roku or Amazon Fire TV products last year, and the companies have more than 80 million active users between them.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

The U.S. has nearly 300 OTT services to choose from

Using its OTT Video Market Tracker tool, Parks Associates has found that the number of OTT services in the United States has reached nearly 300.

The firm said the total is more than double the amount when compared to 2014.

Within the past nine months, a number of major OTT services have made waves within the industry: NBCUniversal launched Peacock and WarnerMedia launched HBO Max. ViacomCBS is also planning a re-vamped CBS All Access and changing the name to Paramount+ w ...read more

Monday, October 19, 2020

Netflix Earnings Preview: Is Streaming Video Giant Still Snagging New Subscribers?

On top of that, the industry churn rate—a metric used to reflect cancelled subscriptions to streaming services overall—shot up 41% in Q1, the most recent statistic available, as consumers experimented with streaming during COVID-19 quarantines, according to research firm Parks Associates.

Some of that, of course, was likely tied to new competition that came online, including Disney+ (DIS) and Apple TV+ (AAPL), Parks said. Disney+ alone roped in 49% of new subscribers, Parks ...read more

Friday, October 16, 2020

App for COVID-19 contact tracing faces hurdles, generational divide over privacy concerns

A survey of 5,000 adults by Parks Associates indicates roughly half, 52 percent, are willing to share tracking data in an app while 28 percent are unwilling. Twenty percent are willing but only with privacy protection, which falls far short of what experts say is needed.

Still, a high participation rate among young people could be useful in providing symptom assessment tools, which is being done at Brigham Young University.

"You can do daily symptom checking," said Dr. J ...read more

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Amazon, Google, and Roku All Have New Streaming Devices

With more of us now using streaming video services during the COVID-19 pandemic—about three-quarters of all U.S. households subscribe to at least one streaming service, according to research from Parks Associates—you may be in the market for a new streaming device, such as an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku player.

From the article, "Amazon, Google, and Roku All Have New Streaming Devices" by James K. Willcox.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

HBO Max: Everything to know about HBO's streaming service and its exclusives

But two crucial streaming devices don't have HBO Max. Neither Roku nor Amazon Fire TV devices support HBO Max, even though those devices represent the vast majority of streaming devices in the US. Researcher Parks Associates estimated that nearly 70% of installed streaming TV devices in the country were either Roku or Amazon Fire TV products last year, and the companies have more than 80 million active users between them.

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Thursday, October 01, 2020

Millions of US broadband users falling victim to identity theft

The study was carried out by research specialists Parks Associates, which highlighted how with more of us using IoT devices and everyone having multiple online accounts, there are potentially rich pickings for cybercriminals via domestic broadband channels.

"Services that guard against identity theft can add value to any service bundle, from broadband VAS to insurance policies," said Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates. "Roughly 50% of all US br ...read more

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