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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

DIY Security, Home Automation: What’s a Pro to Do?

One chief reason for the meteoric rise in DIY competition, of course, is market penetration — read: the historical lack thereof. According to the latest Parks Associates research, 75% of U.S. households have no security alarm system. Among security system owners, 19% contract for professional monitoring.

From the article "DIY Security, Home Automation: What’s a Pro to Do?" by Rodney Bosch.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

San Diego company packs 3D audio in small soundbar (and audiophiles are digging it)

In the third quarter of 2016, 48 percent of U.S. broadband households owned speakers, 23 percent owned a soundbar, and 6 percent owned an Internet-connected multi-room music system, according to data supplied by Parks Associates.

“As much as industry leaders see the artistic and market potential of the high-resolution movement, consumer demand for high-resolution audio is unclear,” said Dina Abdelrazik, a research analyst with Parks Associates. “Most people can discern the d more

Saturday, November 04, 2017

It's Not Even Close: Apple, Samsung Smartphone Marketleaders

Apple and Samsung are leaving competitors LG and Motorola in the dust. New research from Parks Associates shows, for example, that LG has dropped to just 9% of consumer-reported brand share, behind Apple (47%) and Samsung (29%).

Samsung models, despite quality issues related to its Galaxy Note line last year, have sold better than their predecessors. In addition, a majority (65%) of Samsung smartphone users have a model more than two years old, which means they are poised to more

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

DIY's impact on security significant

New research from Parks Associations shows aggressive innovations in smart DIY solutions will reinvigorate the home security market. Parks found that new and more economical DIY systems from key players, including Nest, Ring, Samsung, and ADT, are part of a key step in expanding the security market. The international research firm also notes that new smart DIY solutions will reinvigorate adoption of home security, particularly among younger consumers.

“Consumers value securi more

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Gamer gear maker Razer jumps into smartphone market against Apple, Samsung

According to research released this week by Parks Associates, Apple and Samsung own more than 76 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, widening their lead over also-rans LG and Motorola. While Google made a splash with its Pixel phone and is running ads for its Pixel 2, as of August, it had less than 1 percent of the market. Moreover, Apple’s newest flagship that some pundits are already calling a potential game changer, the $1,000 iPhone X, hits stores Friday.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

More than 50% US broadband households subscribe to both pay-TV, OTT video service

New consumer research from Parks Associates shows that 53 percent of US broadband households subscribe to both a pay-TV service and at least one OTT video service.

According to the ‘OTT Video & TV Everywhere: Partners, Alternatives, and Competition’ report, more than 200 OTT video services are active in the US market as of the third quarter of 2017, with more than 100 active in the Canadian market. The report notes that 60 players introduced OTT video services during 2016 an more

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Open Connectivity Foundation is Simplifying the Smart Home

For all of the excitement in the tech world around the potential of the smart home, consumers haven’t been so quick to adopt the technology into their homes. According to research from Parks Associates published earlier this year, more than 100 million U.S. households did not have a smart home device as of the end of 2016. That’s out of a possible 117 million. That means smart home market penetration is around 14.5 percent right now. The numbers have been climbing, but not at th more

Friday, October 27, 2017

There Are Over 200 Streaming Services in The United States

Apparently, there is a streaming service for almost everything according to a new study from Parks Associates. Want to watch Japanese Anime well there is a streaming service for that. Want a service to teach you how to cook well there is a streaming service for that also. Honestly, there is a service for almost everything.

According to the new report, there are more than 200 streaming services in the United States. With 60 companies launching new streaming services in just t more

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