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Thursday, June 27, 2019

21 Smart Speaker Superpowers

Almost unheard of as recently as five years ago, smart speakers are on their way to becoming as ubiquitous as the microwave. As of early 2019, a third of U.S. homes with high-speed internet access had at least one such device, according to the market research firm Parks Associates.

From the article "21 Smart Speaker Superpowers."

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Is DirecTV Now Still a Good Deal for Consumers?

That means no “Storage Wars, no “The Walking Dead,” no “Property Brothers,” and no “The Daily Show.”

It's not unusual for services to reconfigure their plans after they launch, says Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates. "Rival [streaming] service Sling TV has had several iterations of its service, including a recent price change to make Sling Blue and Sling Orange the same $25 per month price."

From the article "Is DirecTV Now Still a Good De ...read more

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

What Amazon Buying Eero Could Mean for Consumers

For consumers, Amazon owning Eero could make it easier to set up and manage the wide range of wireless devices in their homes.

“A number of companies have been trying to address a very real pain point for consumers around their WiFi experience at home,” says Brad Russell, research director for the connected home at the Parks Associates research firm. “If you can control the router and the user interface, then you’re golden.”

From the article "What Amazon Buying Eero Coul ...read more

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Antenna Users: Rescan to Keep Getting Free TV

If you're just getting started with free, over-the-air TV, you're in good company. Even many consumers who have switched to streaming video services, such as DirecTV Now or Sling TV, use an antenna for local stations not included with their package. In fact, 1 in 5 U.S. households with broadband internet now use one, according to market research firm Parks Associates.

From the article "Antenna Users: Rescan to Keep Getting Free TV" by James K. Willcox.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Is Now the Time to Get a TV Antenna?

Cord cutters are buying antennas to save money by cutting their monthly pay-TV services—and they’re doing it in large numbers. New consumer research from Parks Associates shows that the percentage of U.S. broadband households that use digital antennas in their home has steadily increased to reach 20 percent near the end of 2017, up from 16 percent in early 2015. This increase, the firm says, coincides with a steady decline in pay-TV subscriptions and an increase in over-the-top ...read more

Friday, April 06, 2018

HDTV Antenna Review: Top Picks From CR's Latest Tests

Market research firm Parks Associates says that one-fifth of U.S. homes with broadband access now use an antenna to get live TV. “Digital antennas are experiencing a resurgence as consumers consider over-the-air TV and OTT [over-the-top] video services as alternatives to pay TV,” says Brett Sappington, Parks’ senior director of research.

One drawback to streaming video services is that you can’t always get all your local channels as part of the plan.

An indoor HDTV anten ...read more

Friday, March 23, 2018

How to Decide If Cord Cutting Is Right for You

This lack of local channels is one reason that more households are using antennas, pulling in free over-the-air high-definition signals. In fact, Parks Associates, a research firm, estimates that one-fifth of broadband households now use a TV antenna.

From the article "How to Decide If Cord Cutting Is Right for You" by James Willcox.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Fitness Trackers Leave the Wrist Behind

"In 2017 we'll see new form factors emerge to track fitness activities beyond the wrist," says Harry Wang, senior director of research for Parks Associates, a market resesarch and consulting firm. In-ear "'hearables' with fitness tracking function and digital patches are the most likely emerging form factors, as well as sensors built into exercise garments like sports bras, socks, and shorts."

From the article "Fitness Trackers Leave the Wrist Behind" by Dan Tynan.

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