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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Apple unveils new TV box for renting movies, shows

Kurt Scherf, an analyst with the market-research group Parks Associates, said requiring consumers to buy yet another box for the living room "is a real inhibitor."
And although he praised Apple's decision to lower the price of the device itself, he had doubts about TV rentals for 99 cents.

"Part of me is still wondering if that is too rich for a consumer to pay, given all the other options that are out there to consume and catch up on TV shows that don't cost a thing," he said ...read more

Monday, August 18, 2008

Analog TV shutdown kills free cell-phone TV

The common denominator for the existing services is that they cost money, limiting their adoption. AT&T and Verizon Wireless charge $15 per month for 10 channels. Sprint bundles MobiTV with some high-end plans and charges $9.99 per month as standalone service.

Research director John Barrett at analysis firm Parks Associates points to the fees as a problem, and recommends that operators provide free content.

"A free taste would go a long way in making the consumer case for mob ...read more

Sunday, June 03, 2007

era-phone pioneer considers gadget’s impact

A decade later, 41 percent of American households own a camera phone “and you can hardly find a phone without a camera anymore,” said Michael Cai, an industry analyst at Parks Associates.

From the article "Camera-phone pioneer considers gadget’s impact," by May Wong.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Video game company postpones meeting amid shareholder revolt

"If Take-Two and other companies don't diversify genres and their ultimate strategy is to milk the same gamers over and over again, they will run into a corner," said Michael Cai, director of broadband and gaming research at Parks Associates, a Dallas-based market research firm.

From the article "Video game company postpones meeting amid shareholder revolt," by Rachel Konrad

Friday, March 09, 2007

Universal Remotes Revenue Topped $1B In U.S. In '06

Dallas ' Revenue in the United States from the sale of after-market universal remote controls will increase from approximately $1 billion in 2006, to $1.9 billion in 2012, according to Aftermarket Entertainment: Universal Remote Controllers, a new report from Parks Associates.

The report identifies several market trends driving this growth, including more content options from more devices, greater household investment in entertainment systems and technologies, and a continuing ...read more

Friday, September 15, 2006

Consumers holding off on high-def DVD Competing systems, prices hurting sales

"Both the record and movie industry have trained us every time there is a format change to go out and replace our current content," said Kurt Scherf, the vice president and principal analyst at Parks Associates, a technology research firm. "Consumers are sick of upgrading."

From the article "Consumers holding off on high-def DVD Competing systems, prices hurting sales."

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Want McWi-Fi with your Big Mac and fries?

Wayport officials called it the biggest single deal yet to create wireless Internet "hot spots," and said the companies would announce the transaction Tuesday morning. They said the familiar golden arches will offer a reliable place for road-weary workers to download e-mail or surf the Internet.

Michael Cai, an analyst with Dallas market-research firm Parks Associates, said Wayport's greatest sales pitch is its experience -- the company was founded in 1996, before many of its w ...read more

Monday, December 08, 2003

Recording Executives See Brighter Outlook

Online music piracy isn't likely to vanish soon, but the rise of paid online services and the growing popularity of portable digital music players portends greater demand for digital music next year and better fortunes for the embattled recording industry, music executives said Monday.

…That alone may not help the industry make up for lost revenue from the millions of songs illegally downloaded using software like Kazaa, nor add up to the kind of profits made off CDs. About 70% ...read more

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