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Monday, June 11, 2018

Alexa and other smart speakers may endanger privacy rights

According to a May report from the consultancy Parks Associates, 27 percent of U.S. homes with a broadband internet connection owned at least one smart speaker, yet about 45 percent of their owners “strongly agreed with the statement that it is impossible to keep my data completely private from the companies I purchased goods and services from,” said Dina Abdelrazik, a Parks Associates research analyst.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

38% of U.S. Households Have 2 or More OTT Subscriptions

Among broadband-enabled households in the United States, 69 percent subscribe to at least 1 over-the-top (OTT) video service, while 38 percent subscribe to at least 2, reports research company Parks Associates. What's more, households with 3 or more OTT subscriptions are the fastest growing category. In 2016, 10 percent of households with broadband had 3 or more subscriptions; in 2017, 15 percent did.

Those subscription services are seeing a lot of use. Almost half of U.S. h ...read more

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Amazon’s new smart speaker is a TV streaming box, and vice versa

The Fire TV Cube will be an interesting test for full-blown streaming boxes, which have fallen out of favor as most consumers opt for cheaper streaming dongles that can fit behind a television. Last year, Parks Associates found that Amazon’s $40 Fire TV Stick made up 81% of all Fire TV devices owned in U.S. broadband homes. The NPD Group found that Roku’s average selling price was less than $50, suggesting that most customers also opt for the company’s cheaper streaming sticks. ...read more

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Will Apple TV kill the cable box? Not so fast

To go a step further, Apple could embrace over-the-air antennas, whose usage is still on the rise as cable subscriptions sink. (According to Parks Associates, roughly 20 percent of U.S. homes with broadband internet used an antenna last year, up from 16 percent in early 2015.) While Apple TV does work with some networked antenna tuners such as Tablo, their apps are not allowed to integrate with the TV app or with Siri.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

New TV Standard Could Be Huge for Cord Cutters, But Privacy Concerns Linger

As cable providers continue to jack up prices and flail at efforts to improve customer service, more and more users are cutting the cord and embracing over the air (OTA) broadcasts via antenna. One recent study by Parks Associates found that 20 percent of US broadband households now use digital antennas to enjoy OTA broadcasts, up from 15 percent in early 2015.

From the article "New TV Standard Could Be Huge for Cord Cutters, But Privacy Concerns Linger" by Karl Bode.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Smart Home Devices Working Together Tops Brand Loyalty

This matters, since about a third (32%) of U.S. broadband households already own at least one connected device and a whopping 50% of households intend to purchase one in the next year, according to the research from Parks Associates.

While three-quarters (75%) of consumers planning to buy a smart device say it better work with other products they already have, fewer than 60% of the shoppers consider it important that their next purchase be the same brand as their current pro ...read more

Monday, June 04, 2018

40% of U.S. Homes Now Have a Streaming Media Player

The latest research from Dallas-based Parks Associates reveals that almost 40 percent of internet-connected U.S. households now have a streaming media player.
As a reminder of how fast the home entertainment landscape is changing, only 6 percent of households were streaming via a media player in 2010.

Roku remains the leader with 37 percent share of share of media players owned by what Parks calls U.S. “broadband households.” Over the past year, Amazon’s share has increase ...read more

Saturday, June 02, 2018

Roku Powers Ahead

According to findings from analyst firm Parks Associates, ownership of streaming media players has risen from about six per cent of US broadband households in 2010 to almost 40 per cent at the beginning of 2018. Parks Associates’ consumer data indicates that Amazon’s share of streaming media players owned in US broadband households has increased by 4 per cent since last year, taking some of Google’s share of the installed base. Roku’s share has held steady at 37 per cent for the ...read more

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