Blog articles from 06/2010

Three applications will drive adoption of control systems over the next five years: energy management, entertainment systems and content control, and remote home self-monitoring. Consumers see the value in these areas, which, once established, can serve as the base for expanded control systems in the home. Parks Associates new report Home Systems: Home Controls – Analysis and Forecasts finds low consumer awareness and a shortage of affordable installation services currently hinder...
Parks Associates is supporting Seventh Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference & Exhibition. Harry Wang , Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates will be moderating the panel, "Innovations in Wireless Technologies" on Monday, July 19th at 4:15 PM. Wireless technology has a number of distinctive characteristics that make it an attractive platform for delivering healthcare anytime, anyplace. Though a number of real barriers remain to be...
 

My first summer at Parks Associates (twelve years agao this month) was characterized by a monthlong heatwave and zero rain for several weeks in a row. It was also my first introduction to consumer-oriented home networking technologies - it seemed that there was a new announcement regarding powerline, wireless, coax, twisted-pair or other types of home networking technology. It was quite an introduction into the dynamic consumer technology space. I'm reminded of the milestones of...
 
by | Jun. 24, 2010
Tags: cloud services, pay TV
DVRs and video downloads will push the storage needs of U.S. broadband households to almost one terabyte by 2014, creating a parallel rise in the market for file backup and storage solutions, according to international research firm Parks Associates. Parks Associates’s new report Consumer Storage Opportunities finds almost 50% of households are performing regular backups, including external storage, flash drives, and online backup, up from only 35% in 2006. This is a classic...
 

In a CONNECTIONS™ wrap-up post last week, I had predicted that we would see many more announcements regarding the linkages between premium video services (from pay-TV providers) and the connected CE world. Widevine's announcement this week with Samsung speaks to the technology relationships being formed to enable just these types of features on connected TVs and Blu-ray players. With the agreement, Widevine will provide Samsung with live and on-demand adaptive streaming, virtual...
 
by | Jun. 23, 2010
Tags: connected CE, CONNECTIONS, pay TV
In a matter of hours, consumers gained at the expenses of e-book reader makers' profit margin. I am talking about the price war initiated by Barnes and Noble this morning on its Nook e-book reader device and the swift action taken by Amazon.com to lower the price of its low-end Kindle. by the end of the day, the entry-level Kindle is $70 lower, from $259 to $189, while a new Wi-Fi only Nook costs $149. Even the price of the 3G Nook was lowered to $199. I have tracked the portabl CE...
 
by Harry Wang | Jun. 21, 2010
Tags: CES, connected CE

Last week's CONNECTIONS™ conference was the best that I can remember in terms of the lineup of speakers and the discussions that we had. Last Thursday, the Parks Associates analyst team provided some closing thoughts on the conference, and I wanted to share my thoughts. Multi-platform solutions are real: Whether we are talking about third-party solutions providers such as Vuze linking the PC to the consumer electronics device, or Verizon’s vision of “flicking” photos...
 
by | Jun. 18, 2010
Tags: connected CE, CONNECTIONS, Google, TV Everywhere
Join Parks Associates on June 24th at 1 pm CENTRAL for the Trends in 3D TV webcast. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about latest 3D TV consumer research and the business opportunities and implications for CE manufacturers, content creators, and service providers. Pietro Macchiarella , Research Analyst will present analysis and forecasts from Parks Associates examining the following questions: -- What challenges will 3D TV present within the digital content...


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