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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

YouTube TV: Millennials will love TV on their phones, trust us!

YouTube TV is also available to watch on laptop and desktop computers, which for many young people equates to the biggest screen in the house.

But at launch, YouTube TV doesn't have support for other streaming devices like Roku or Amazon Fire TV, even though those products are more popular than Chromecast. According to the most recent data from researcher Parks Associates, Roku was the most-purchased line of streaming media players in the US, with a 30 percent share. Amazon' ...read more

Monday, March 27, 2017

With Uber's misdeeds, Lyft aims to look like the good guy

Since both Uber and Lyft are private companies, they're not obliged to make their data public. So, it's unclear if Uber's scandals have affected its business and whether Lyft has gained from them.

"Seventy-five percent of ride-sharing app users report using Uber, while only 26 percent report using Lyft," said Jennifer Kent, director of research for market research firm Parks Associates. "So, Lyft absolutely has a market share gap to close."

"Exploiting Uber's poor press ...read more

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pay TV Loses Ground To Antenna-Only Households

Some 15 percent of US broadband households now get all of their TV from an antenna. That number has increased steadily over the course of five years as pay TV subscriptions have seen a corresponding drop.

Parks Associates says cord-cutters are gaining ground because of a lack of satisfaction with traditional cable service. Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates, said in a blog post that "live broadcasts of high-profile events remain a challenge for ...read more

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 Alarm.com, 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.

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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 ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read more

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