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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Apple edges deeper into Hollywood with 4K-enabled Apple TV

Apple still needs to play catch up. As of the end of March, Apple has about 15 percent of the set-top box market, coming in behind Roku, Amazon and Google, according to a report from Parks Associates.

Apple TV 4K, starting at $179, will be available to order September 15 and will ship a week later. The TV app will also be coming to Australia and Canada, as well as France, the UK, Germany, Norway, and Sweden by the end of the year.

From the article "Apple edges deeper int ...read more

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Calling all fitness freaks: Samsung's new wearables want you

While Apple and Samsung still talk up the fashion aspects of their devices, they've now shifted to emphasize something else even more: health and fitness. People may want their smartwatches to look good, but they want their wearables to help them get in shape too.

"The wearables landscape is evolving to a place where health and fitness is now the No. 1 purchase driver," David Ng, senior manager of product marketing at Samsung North America, said during a briefing with report ...read more

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Uber turnaround? Dara Khosrowshahi seems up to the task

The company, founded in 2009, managed to upend the taxi industry and become the world's most valuable startup, with a valuation of $68 billion. With its no-apologies attitude and notoriously aggressive CEO, Uber quickly became one of the biggest ride-hailing services on the planet. While this approach helped the company grow, it called into question its long-term sustainability.

"Uber has been a massive disruptor to a traditional industry, but it is facing competitive pressu ...read more

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Apple reportedly plans 4K upgrade for its set-top TV box

The new Apple TV box will feature a faster processor capable of streaming higher-resolution 4K content and highlighting live television content, Bloomberg reported Thursday. The update box is expected to debut at an event in September, along with a new iPhone and Apple Watch models, sources told the news outlet.

The move would underscore Apple's ambitions to improve its standing in the streaming market. Apple commands only 15 percent of the set-top market as of the end of Ma ...read more

Monday, April 24, 2017

On a Netflix free trial? A third of you will likely pay up

Almost one out of three people who use a free trial to try out a streaming video service end up subscribing, researcher Parks Associates said Monday.

That "sizeable portion" of trial users dwarfs the amount of people who abuse free try-outs, Parks senior analyst Glenn Hower said.

"There is a potential for free trial abuse, but only roughly 1 percent of consumers are 'serial trialers,'" he said. "Most consumers use trials for their intended purpose of trying out a service ...read more

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

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