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Friday, March 22, 2019

A new frenemy: Apple is going Hollywood. But it’s been a bumpy ride.

Amazon and Roku both have greater distribution in the U.S. than Apple TV. According to a Parks Associates report from last May, Roku has a 37 percent market share in the U.S., followed by Amazon Fire TV with 25 percent; Apple TV, which does not offer a cheaper option such as the Fire TV Stick, had a 15 percent market share at the time.

From the article "A new frenemy: Apple is going Hollywood. But it’s been a bumpy ride." by Sahil Patel.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Smart home devices are 'valuable' to 75% of those who use them

As it turns out, smart home owners are really satisfied customers. Give them a chance to buy a connected device, like a smart thermostat, and nearly 75 percent of them are really happy with what they buy. That's according to a new survey from Parks Associates which looked at U.S. broadband owners and found that once someone put a connected product in their home — the majority were pleased.

From the article "Smart home devices are 'valuable' to 75% of those who use them."

Friday, March 22, 2019

Fidelity Communications Upgrades 19,000 Customers to 50 Mbps

Content streaming isn't the only case for increasing speeds. In a recent report from Parks Associates, U.S. broadband households owned an average of 10.4 connected devices in 2018. The report also predicts the sales of video doorbells will be owned by at least 12% of the U.S. broadband households in 2020; sales of voice assistant capable speakers will reach nearly 65 million units by 2022.

From the press release "Fidelity Communications Upgrades 19,000 Customers to 50 Mbps."

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Apple TV App To Get A Second Life With Video Subscription Service

The company updated the infrastructure, upgrading its Apple TV device that brings internet video to the living room screen in the fall of 2017 to add support for cinematic 4K video and make it easier for users to search for TV shows or movies using their voice, with the aid of the Siri digital assistant. Still, researcher Parks Associates notes that Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku and Google’s Chromecast outsell Apple’s more expensive device, whose sales are so modest the late Apple cofo ...read more

Thursday, March 21, 2019

3 Interesting Ways Technology is Shaping the Entertainment Industry

A recent survey by Parks Associates indicates that 17% of U.S. broadband households now own both an Internet-connected entertainment device and a smart home device. As voice interactions become more common, consumers preferences will shift towards smart home devices and streaming services that operate in tandem. Streaming services will need to compete not just on the cost and product selection, but on the variety of integrations offered with other connected services and voice as ...read more

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

ULE Calls U.S., Industrial Markets

The standard is used in about 580 million homes worldwide if you include cordless phones. About 50 million units are in Europe, including gateways and VoIP boxes, according to Brad Russell, a market research director at Parks Associates.

ULE is emerging in synch with the widespread use of voice as a human-to-machine interface. One out of three U.S. homes now has a smart speaker, one in four homes has a smart device for controlling lights and other systems, and 43% intend to ...read more

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Has Subscription OTT Growth Hit Its Peak?

Parks Associates‘ OTT video research finds household spending on subscription OTT video services has held steady for three years, averaging just under $8 per month since 2016.

From the article "Has Subscription OTT Growth Hit Its Peak?"

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Value add-ons give dealers competitive advantage

The annually published “Security Dealer Survey” by Parks Associates, a market research and consulting company that covers the residential security industry from both a consumer and dealer perspective, found over 70 percent of U.S. security dealers offer services other than traditional monitoring.

“The survey was fielded to security dealers in September and October of 2018, with a total of 208 participants,” Dina Abdelrazik, senior analyst, Parks Associates, told SSN. Reponse ...read more

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