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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Google’s Chromecast Overtakes Apple TV in Video Streaming, Survey Says

Google’s Chromecast stick has overtaken Apple's Apple TV set-top box as one of the most popular Internet video streaming devices in the U.S., according to results of a survey released Tuesday.

A survey of 10,000 U.S. homes with a broadband Internet connection by research firm Parks Associates found that 10% purchased either a streaming media player or stick in the first 10 months of 2014. Roku led with 29% of sales, but Chromecast was second, grabbing 20% and supplanting the ...read more

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Google's Nest Labs Opens Its Platform to Outside Developers

There is no "killer app" for the connected home yet, so established players in home security, such as Alarm.com, may have an advantage because they can explain how new features and devices may be useful to existing customers, said Tom Kerber, director of home controls and energy research at Parks Associates.

But Mr. Kerber says less than a third of U.S. households have a professionally monitored security service, leaving an opening for new entrants like Nest, Apple and Wink. ...read more

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Is Now the Time to Buy a 4K TV Set?

But supporters argue that a 4K television set, given its ability to improve current HD picture quality, among other reasons, is a better purchase even at today's prices than a large-screen HDTV, which threatens to lock viewers into an increasingly inferior standard for years to come.

It's better to wait, says Brett Sappington, director of research at Dallas-based Parks Associates. Jack Wetherill, senior market analyst at British-based Futuresource Consulting, says 4K is a go ...read more

Friday, September 20, 2013

What Your Kids Can Teach You About Tech

Cellphone bills are subject to sharp increases as households trade up to smartphones and rack up expensive data charges. Young adults, of course, want it all: the latest phones and a full-service plan. But while a survey earlier this year found that 18- to 34-year-olds spent more on average on their smartphones than their elders, they paid somewhat less last year for their monthly plans, according to Parks Associates, a Dallas research firm.


One way to do that is to reduc ...read more

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Are Wireless Prepaid Plans Best?

While prepaid looks attractive, switching isn't always easy because, in part, people often have multiple users on their account. Carriers have made group plans more attractive—AT&T has said that 90% of their customers are either on a family, shared-data or business plan.

There are further drawbacks to prepaid. Harry Wang, director of mobile research at Parks Associates, says that customers tend to get what they pay for, and service quality can be a factor when it comes to pr ...read more

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Internet Households to Exceed 820 Million Worldwide by 2017

By 2017, over 820 million households worldwide will have Internet service, and more than 94% will have broadband, according to international research firm Parks Associates. The firm also reports over 610 million households will have a data network, including over 100 million in North America and 133 million in Western Europe.

Parks Associates will host the eighth-annual CONNECTIONS™ Summit at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan ...read more

Monday, July 08, 2013

Research and Markets: Evolution of the Mobile Content Market

This report provides an analysis and forecast of the evolving mobile content market from both the content development and distribution models to the end-user perspective. It also covers the mobile content industry in North America (U.S. & Canada) to gauge its revenue potential for mobile content distributors. The report also includes the latest consumer data from Parks Associates' recent mobile tracking study.

With consumers becoming more accustomed to the extensive availabi ...read more

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Actiontec Launches MoCA Network Adapter To Fill In Wi-Fi Coverage Deadzones

Actiontec Electronics announced the launch of its WCB3000 Wi-Fi Wireless Network Adapter using MoCA--the first solution in its Whole Home Wireless portfolio.

The new adapter uses MoCA (Multimedia over Coax) to reliably extend the Wi-Fi signal via a home's existing coax wiring to more places in the home.

With everything from tablets to TVs and kitchen appliances now Wi-Fi enabled, there's more pressure than ever before on the home Wi-Fi network. According to Parks Associa ...read more

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