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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Service Architectures and the Internet of Things

By Sandeep Kalsi, CMO, iYogi

Most organizations are missing out on broad opportunities presented by The Internet of Things.

IoT, as the basis of an automated customer service platform, can deliver higher value to customers as well as to shareholders. Making everything from refrigerators to automobiles smarter will let consumers keep food temperatures constant, or alert them when the air pressure is low in the tires – and that's just the beginning – there is so much more that ...read more

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Internet of Things is all about SERVICES!

By Sandeep Kalsi, CMO, iYogi

Technology trends tend to attract popular names that don’t describe the trend's actual capabilities, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is no exception. The name IoT would seem to describe an environment in which endless household and industrial items are Internet-enabled. Much of that is true – but the Internet of Things isn't really about the things.

Visualize the Internet of Things as a group of layers, with the Internet-enabled objects making ...read more

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Market for Energy Solutions Across Europe: December Webcast

Parks Associates research shows that adoption of smart home services and devices is continuing to grow in Europe—already, 11% of broadband households in Spain, 9% in the U.K., 5% in Germany report ownership of a home control system. Interest, too, is growing, with 25% of broadband households in these three countries reporting that they are "very" interested in smart home devices, especially those for home security and safety.

Today, many European energy companies are ...read more

Friday, November 14, 2014

iYogi Joins CONNECTIONS Europe Next Week in Amsterdam as Sponsor

Parks Associates would like to thank iYogi for sponsoring CONNECTIONS Europe. The company joins the executive conference, taking place next week in Amsterdam, as an Advisory sponsor.

An early leader in fulfilling the potential of the Internet of Things, iYogi is a global technology and services provider, and a leading online technical support brand addressing the needs of connected consumers since 2007. Its subscription based, remote and on-demand service covers more than 500 technology ...read more

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cloud TV: The Ultimate Solution For Service Providers?

By Wojtek, Chief Technology Officer, SoftAtHome

Note: this blog has originally been posted on Videonet : http://www.v-net.tv/cloud-tv-the-ultimate-solution-for-service-providers

I sense a lot of excitement in the market regarding the advantages that a combined Cloud / Smart TV approach without an STB can bring service providers. But I wonder about possible negative impacts that such a shift could have on the operational aspects of the service provider’s business, i.e. an OPEX ...read more

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Making TV More Social is an Important Next Step: Insights from Watson Nordic

Thomas Guss, Business Development Manager at Watson Nordic, answers several industry questions preceding CONNECTIONS Europe next week in Amsterdam:

What is the most important next step for your industry to engage consumers in connected home solutions or new entertainment services?

  • Making TV more personal
  • Increasing usage of social media in TV watching and thereby increasing viral marketing for our TV service
  • New business models to monetize in other than the
  • ...read more

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Understanding the Smart Home Market: New Whitepaper

Though nearly 10% of U.S. broadband households currently own some type of smart home device, over 60% are unfamiliar with these products or services, including which companies sell them or where to buy them. 

This research was revealed in a joint Parks Associates-CEA industry whitepaper, "Smart Home Ecosystem: IoT and Consumers," which compiles the results of a Q2, 10,000-broadband household survey.

Low familiarity with smart home brands and products is the number one ...read more

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

European Households Eager to Get Online Video Content to the TV

Parks Associates today announced new European research that shows that the growth of broadband and OTT services is fundamentally changing the European video industry. The data reveals adoption of PC-to-TV connections in Europe exceeds that of adoption in the U.S: among broadband households, 54% in Spain and 38% in the U.K. and Germany have a PC connected to the TV, compared to just 32% in the U.S.

Commenting on the research, Parks Associates director Brett Sappington noted that European ...read more

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