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

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Yahoo could become Internet history

Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates, said one of Yahoo's biggest mistakes was not making bets in new and innovative areas, as Google and Amazon have.

"In the world of the Internet, which is diverse and incredibly unpredictable, you have to be adaptable and open to change," said Sappington. "Yahoo in contrast really defined their business very tightly."

Yahoo plans to reveal details of strategic changes to its core businesses during its next quarter more

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Why Yahoo faded: The Internet changed, but it didn't

Yahoo said Wednesday that it plans to hollow itself out, spinning off its core business and leaving the company as little more than a way for shareholders to keep Yahoo's stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

The move underscores the profound change in how we interact with the Internet and how Yahoo failed to adapt. The company's key approach has been to package online content into a convenient jumping-off point. But now people are more likely to go to email, soci more

Thursday, September 10, 2015

As iPhone 6S launches, a new Apple TV and iPad Pro steal the show

But the market has radically changed since the arrival of the previous Apple TV box, the all-time leader with 25 million units sold over its lifetime. Roku (10 million units sold as of last year) is a strong player in this area, while Google has made significant inroads with its Chromecast, a $35 stick that plugs into the back of a television for instant access to online videos from the likes of YouTube, Netflix and HBO Now. Amazon has been aggressive, launching both the Fire TV more

Friday, September 04, 2015

The next Apple TV puts company in rare role: Playing catch-up

One of the first mainstream devices of its kind, Apple TV is a big seller worldwide. Apple has sold 25 million of the boxes in its lifetime, Chief Executive Tim Cook said in March. That beats Roku's 10 million total sold as of last year. Neither Google nor Amazon has released stats for their streaming devices, Chromecast and Fire TV, respectively.

However, Apple TV has been slipping. Last year, its US sales fell to fourth place behind Roku, Chromecast and Fire TV, according more

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Amazon and GameFly get their streaming game on

For Amazon, the introduction of the exclusive service could help it gain more attention in the crowded market of streaming-media players, where it remains a second-tier player. Rival Roku is the leading brand, with 29 percent of sales during the first nine months of last year, followed by Google's Chromecast, taking up 20 percent, then Apple TV with 17 percent, according to Parks Associates. Amazon Fire TV, which went on sale in April of last year, held 10 percent of the market. more

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