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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Wall Street isn’t sure Roku can lead cord cutters to the promised land

One of the secrets of Roku's success has been its expansion beyond its roots as a set top box maker (a term the company tries to avoid). To do this, Roku CEO Anthony Wood built a loyal customer following by moving the company away from only selling its own boxes, instead now licensing its software to TV makers, so they can ship screens with the company's streaming TV platform built-in. This is a much higher margin business than selling streaming hardware, and almost one-third of ...read more

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Privacy, Civil Rights Groups Press Amazon’s Ring to End Its Local Police Partnerships

It wasn't long ago that you could walk down the street without being video recorded by someone's doorbell. Not anymore. Now, as the popularity of the home security devices surge—more than 3 million U.S. homes will install them in 2019, according to estimates by Parks Associates—privacy concerns are also on the rise.

This week, more than 30 civil rights groups called on Ring, a smart home device company owned by Amazon, to end the more than 400 partnerships it has with police ...read more

Monday, September 16, 2019

How People Are Using Smartwatches to Lose Weight and Stay Healthy

The most popular category of applications used on smartwatches are health and fitness-related, according to a survey by research firm Parks Associates.

More than three out of four heads of U.S. households who own and use a smartwatch said they track their steps with their device. Another 60% monitor their heart rates and 53% use the wrist-worn devices to count calories. Among all smartwatch owners, 41% say their most commonly used app is to count calories or reach weight los ...read more

Monday, August 05, 2019

What’s in Your Wallet: Should You Get the Apple Credit Card?—Data Sheet

The war for the couch potato. The latest survey of Internet video boxes found Roku in command, with 39% of the market, and Amazon in second, with 30%. That left Apple and Google fighting over a shrinking portion of the pie with their hardware, Parks Associates said.

Lend a hand. After dumping its old-fashioned entertainment portfolio, Fox Corp. is adding digital assets. The Murdoch-controlled company is paying $275 million for 67% of Credible Labs, an online marketplace for ...read more

Monday, January 07, 2019

Roku Shares Skyrocket Due to Impressive Streaming Numbers

So far, Roku has been able to keep its lead as the top video streaming device maker. In May, for instance, research firm Parks Associates said Roku was the market leader in the Internet video streaming device category, with 37% share. Amazon was second with 28% of the market, followed by Apple with 15% and Google with 14%. Parks Associates analysts said that consumers found Roku’s devices easier to use compared to other devices.

From the article "Roku Shares Skyrocket Due to ...read more

Monday, August 20, 2018

People Sharing Netflix, Hulu, Cable Passwords with, You Guessed It, Millennials in the Lead

The overall numbers have increased over time, based on research reports issued on a regular basis. In 2015, Parks Associates said that 10% of U.S. households with broadband used a streaming-service account belonging to someone outside the household, with 18 to 24 year olds making up 22%. In July 2017, the overall number was 12% of all adults, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, and just 21% of 18 to 24 years olds.

From the article "People Sharing Netflix, Hulu, Cable Password ...read more

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Why Roku Is the Internet Video Box Leader, While Google Is Slipping

Only 14% of consumers who owned an Internet video streaming device used one from Google in the first quarter, down from 18% a year earlier and 21% two years ago, according to surveys by research firm Parks Associates. At the same time, 28% of consumers used a Fire TV device from Amazon, up from 24% last year and 16% in 2016.

Roku, which went held an initial public offering in February, was steady as the market leader with 37% share, the same as last year and up from 33% two ...read more

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Cord Cutter's Life For Me: Replacing Cable With Internet TV

DirecTV and its competitors, including Google’s (GOOGL, -0.34%) YouTube TV and Dish Network’s (DISH, +1.99%) Sling TV, sure seem like a better deal than cable. The cost is lower, the apps are capable, and the interactive channel guide is great. That’s probably why cord cutting is accelerating. Only 77% of homes with Internet connections subscribed to cable or satellite TV last year, down from 81% in 2016, according to surveys by the research firm Parks Associates.

From the a ...read more

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