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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Apple TV App To Get A Second Life With Video Subscription Service

The company updated the infrastructure, upgrading its Apple TV device that brings internet video to the living room screen in the fall of 2017 to add support for cinematic 4K video and make it easier for users to search for TV shows or movies using their voice, with the aid of the Siri digital assistant. Still, researcher Parks Associates notes that Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku and Google’s Chromecast outsell Apple’s more expensive device, whose sales are so modest the late Apple cofo ...read more

Thursday, March 21, 2019

3 Interesting Ways Technology is Shaping the Entertainment Industry

A recent survey by Parks Associates indicates that 17% of U.S. broadband households now own both an Internet-connected entertainment device and a smart home device. As voice interactions become more common, consumers preferences will shift towards smart home devices and streaming services that operate in tandem. Streaming services will need to compete not just on the cost and product selection, but on the variety of integrations offered with other connected services and voice as ...read more

Monday, November 05, 2018

Can We Outsmart Technology In The Race To Smarter Homes?

Right now, consumer use is all over the map. Homeowners lose interest in some technologies in a matter of months, and with others, like speakers and Google Home, usage doesn’t pick up until after the homeowner has had it installed for six months, according to Brad Russell, research director of connected home at Parks Associates, a market research company focused on emerging consumer technology. And, at the same time that many technologies have super short life spans, it can take ...read more

Sunday, November 04, 2018

The Internet of Medical Things Gold Rush (And My Grandfather's Wooden Leg)

Equally important is the demand side of the equation, symbolized by an aging population with high rates of chronic disease. According to Parks Associates, nearly half of U.S. households with broadband own some sort of connected health device. Partners HealthCare vice president Joseph Kvedar cautioned that there won’t be enough doctors and nurses for that elderly population without embracing appropriate use of technology.

From the article "The Internet of Medical Things Gold ...read more

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Streaming Services Are Vying For Dominance In India As Cord Cutting Finally Takes Off

In last few years, the conversation around cutting the cord has gained considerable traction in the U.S. Cord-cutting refers to the pattern of viewers canceling their DTH (direct-to-home) or cable TV subscriptions in favor of online streaming services like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, et al.

Parks Associates estimated that in 2008, about 0.9 million American households relied entirely on the Internet for television viewing, however, by 2017, this figure had increased t ...read more

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How OTT Will Innovate In 2018

With many media and content companies jumping on the streaming TV bandwagon, the marketplace is becoming increasingly fragmented, and it’s creating even more competition for high-quality content to keep viewers hooked: Already there are over 200 OTT services in the U.S. market, according to Parks Associates.

From the article "How OTT Will Innovate In 2018" by Jim Wilson.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Women Know What Consumers Want: VCs Need To Wise Up

A whopping 117 million Americans are expected to need assistance with caregiving, according The Caregiving Innovation Frontiers by AARP and Parks Associates. It’s a $42.9 billion market. Yet, perhaps because women are the primary purchasers of these services, venture capitalists are ignoring this market opportunity.

From the article "Women Know What Consumers Want: VCs Need To Wise Up" by Geri Stengel.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Roku To Wall Street: Not Just An Unprofitable Hardware Business

Roku is also up against tremendously deep-pocketed rivals: Apple, Amazon and Google. Both Apple and Amazon released new streaming media devices in September. “We’re fortunate to be the only player with a purpose-built operating system for TV. Our competitors port over phone operating systems,” Louden countered. Roku's operating system is lightweight enough that the company could maintain lower costs on its hardware, according to Louden. Roku currently holds the highest market sh ...read more

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