Thursday, August 24, 2017

Apple reportedly plans 4K upgrade for its set-top TV box

The new Apple TV box will feature a faster processor capable of streaming higher-resolution 4K content and highlighting live television content, Bloomberg reported Thursday. The update box is expected to debut at an event in September, along with a new iPhone and Apple Watch models, sources told the news outlet.

The move would underscore Apple's ambitions to improve its standing in the streaming market. Apple commands only 15 percent of the set-top market as of the end of Ma more

Monday, April 24, 2017

On a Netflix free trial? A third of you will likely pay up

Almost one out of three people who use a free trial to try out a streaming video service end up subscribing, researcher Parks Associates said Monday.

That "sizeable portion" of trial users dwarfs the amount of people who abuse free try-outs, Parks senior analyst Glenn Hower said.

"There is a potential for free trial abuse, but only roughly 1 percent of consumers are 'serial trialers,'" he said. "Most consumers use trials for their intended purpose of trying out a service more

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

YouTube TV: Millennials will love TV on their phones, trust us!

YouTube TV is also available to watch on laptop and desktop computers, which for many young people equates to the biggest screen in the house.

But at launch, YouTube TV doesn't have support for other streaming devices like Roku or Amazon Fire TV, even though those products are more popular than Chromecast. According to the most recent data from researcher Parks Associates, Roku was the most-purchased line of streaming media players in the US, with a 30 percent share. Amazon' more

Monday, March 27, 2017

With Uber's misdeeds, Lyft aims to look like the good guy

Since both Uber and Lyft are private companies, they're not obliged to make their data public. So, it's unclear if Uber's scandals have affected its business and whether Lyft has gained from them.

"Seventy-five percent of ride-sharing app users report using Uber, while only 26 percent report using Lyft," said Jennifer Kent, director of research for market research firm Parks Associates. "So, Lyft absolutely has a market share gap to close."

"Exploiting Uber's poor press more

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pay TV Loses Ground To Antenna-Only Households

Some 15 percent of US broadband households now get all of their TV from an antenna. That number has increased steadily over the course of five years as pay TV subscriptions have seen a corresponding drop.

Parks Associates says cord-cutters are gaining ground because of a lack of satisfaction with traditional cable service. Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates, said in a blog post that "live broadcasts of high-profile events remain a challenge for more

Saturday, October 22, 2016

AT&T To Buy Time Warner In Media-Shaking $85.4B Deal

That streaming service is one way AT&T wants to ensure that younger consumers will still flow its way. A study by research firm Parks Associates found that nearly a quarter of millennial households just subscribe to broadband and an over-the-top video service like Netflix.

From the article "AT&T To Buy Time Warner In Media-Shaking $85.4B Deal" by Roger Cheng. 

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Next Health Wearable? Your Home

"If someone hasn't gotten out of bed, left the house for a while or has increased bathroom frequency, they're headed for a crash," according to Lainie Muller, director of wellness for, a maker of smart gadgets for the home. Other experts speaking at the Parks Associates Connected Health Summit largely agreed that such indicators can accurately predict acute health problems as much as 30 days out.

From the article "Next Health Wearable? Your Home" by Brian Cooley. more

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Amazon Prime Video Comes Out On Its Own

This year, Prime Video will air Woody Allen's first-ever TV series, as well as another season of its critically acclaimed alternative-history series, "The Man in the High Castle." In December, it created the Streaming Partners Program, to let people pay to add more channels to Prime Video, including Showtime and Starz.

Netflix, meanwhile, has also aggressively moved into original programming with "House of Cards," Judd Apatow's "Love" and Aziz Ansari's "Master of None." In J more

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