Saturday, March 07, 2015

Millennials are elusive prey for pay-TV companies

“These new deals represent an extension of our evolving strategy in terms of how we monetize our content,” CBS President Leslie Moonves said during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call.

Sony Corp. has said it plans to introduce an Internet-based TV service called PlayStation Vue. HBO is expected to roll out its stand-alone streaming service this year. It’s not disclosed what the monthly charge will be.

HBO going out on its own, making “Game of Thrones” and other po more

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Apple Sticks to Premium Prices With Watch at $349 and Up

Sales on that level would far exceed the existing market for both smartwatches and activity trackers. Global sales of activity trackers reached 13.6 million last year, according to researcher Parks Associates...

From the article "Apple Sticks to Premium Prices With Watch at $349 and Up" by Tim Higgins.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Apple Bets IPhone Magic Will Spill Over to Wearables

While companies such as Fitbit Inc. and Jawbone have made some headway introducing wearables to the public, global sales of the activity trackers hit just 13.6 million units last year, according to researcher Parks Associates. That's about the number of iPhones Apple sells in a month, giving Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook room to boost the size of the market.

From the article "Apple Bets IPhone Magic Will Spill Over to Wearables" by Adam Satariano and Peter Burrows.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wear This Device So the Boss Knows You’re Losing Weight

These are among the ethical questions still to be addressed about the appropriateness of companies tracking the physical activity of employees, said Harry Wang, a researcher for Parks Associates who has been studying the market. With wearable devices, collecting more sensitive information is likely to bring tougher government oversight, he said.

“There will be high levels of privacy, security and compliance requirements,” Wang said. “There will be high expectations from cons more

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Roku Said to Be Weighing Initial Public Offering in U.S. in 2014

Roku may position itself as a pure-play company selling an Internet TV device, in contrast to Apple Inc., which sells the Apple TV box and other electronics products, one person said. Roku also competes with game consoles and some TV makers providing Web access on sets. All are vying for the growing audience for online services such as Netflix Inc., including people who don’t want traditional pay TV.

The Roku player takes Internet videos, such as from Netflix and more

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Apple-Samsung Tablet Tussle Upends E-Readers for Holidays

The winnowing raises the stakes in the rivalry between iPad maker Apple; Samsung Electronics Co., which produces the Galaxy line of devices; and Inc., with its Kindle Fire tablets. Consumer polls by research firm Parks Associates show that iPads are the most sought-after gadget gift for the second straight holiday season, compared with televisions and laptops in previous years.

In total, tablet shipments are on pace to rise more than 54 percent this year to 221.3 more

Monday, August 05, 2013

Blackout of CBS Enters Third Day After Negotiations Stall

As the most-watched television network, CBS ranks ahead of Comcast Corp.’s NBC, Walt Disney Co.’s ABC and 21st Century Fox Inc.’s Fox.

Time Warner Cable, based in New York, has encouraged customers to sign up with Aereo Inc. to watch CBS. Aereo is a startup service, backed by billionaire Barry Diller, that sells access to the broadcast networks online for $8 a month. Aereo, which pays no retransmission fees to broadcasters, is currently being sued by CBS.

When a channel more

Friday, August 02, 2013

Time Warner Cable Drops CBS in Three Cities as Talks Fail

When a channel is dropped from a pay-TV service, 7 percent of subscribers end up switching providers, while 16 percent watch the lost channel online, according to a survey from Parks Associates, a market research firm based in Dallas. The survey, conducted in the third quarter of last year, looked at 2,500 households and asked residents what they did the last time they lost a channel in a fee dispute.

The dispute between the companies focused on retransmission fees, which ha more

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