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Friday, July 20, 2018

Netflix Subscribers Upgrading To Premium Service Tier

Parks Associates estimates that 30% of Netflix (NFLX) subscribers are getting the premium service tier, up from 21% in late 2017. Meanwhile, the share of subscribers getting the lowest-priced tier has fallen to 27% from 35%, the research firm reported Thursday.

From the article "Netflix Subscribers Upgrading To Premium Service Tier" by Patrick Seitz.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Amazon, Google, Wal-Mart Fight For Your Smart Home

The hottest smart-home purchase this holiday season is likely to be a smart video doorbell.

As many as 14% of U.S. households with broadband access say they're pretty likely to buy the device that lets you see who's at the door and communicate with them, according to a recent survey by research firm Parks Associates.

From the article "Amazon, Google, Wal-Mart Fight For Your Smart Home" by Jed Graham.

Friday, August 18, 2017

This Company Wants To Secure Your Home With Phones And Drones

The market research firm Parks Associates estimates that as many as 16 million North American households will have smart-home security by 2021, compared with 10 million forecast for traditional security platforms. As security gets smarter, analysts also see a greater opportunity for Alarm.com to take share in small to medium-sized businesses, vacation homes and medical monitoring — and eventually in overseas markets.

From the article "This Company Wants To Secure Your Home W ...read more

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fitbit Runs Higher As Fitness Wearables Market Grows

A report out Thursday from Parks Associates showed that 18% of U.S. broadband households own a wearable fitness device such as a smartwatch or a fitness tracker.

Parks said 12% of U.S. broadband homes own a fitness tracker, such as those made by Fitbit and Garmin (GRMN). That's up from 10% in the third quarter of last year.

From the article "Fitbit Runs Higher As Fitness Wearables Market Grows" by Patrick Seitz.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Netflix Subscriber Churn Increase Could Be Sign Of 'Stream Cutting'

With the growing number of streaming services, churn will be an issue as consumers experiment with different offerings, Brett Sappington, senior director of research for Parks Associates, told IBD.

There were 101 subscription streaming video services available in the U.S. market as of March, Parks reported.

Beyond major services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, there are a host of smaller niche services. They include NBCUniversal's comedy network Seeso, anime video service ...read more

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Amazon In Trouble? How Google Aims To Outsmart Alexa With Home

But can Home overtake Echo? If we look at two other competing devices from the companies, the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google Chromecast, the two were virtually tied with 22% of streaming media player sales in 2015, according to a Parks Associates report out Tuesday.

From the article "Amazon In Trouble? How Google Aims To Outsmart Alexa With Home" by Alissa Williams.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Roku Holds Lead In Streaming Media Players, But Amazon, Apple Gain

Streaming video device pioneer Roku continues to lead the market, but rivals Amazon.com (AMZN), Apple (AAPL) and Alphabet (GOOGL)-owned Google are close behind.

Roku accounted for 30% of streaming media players purchased in 2015, down from 34% in 2014, research firm Parks Associates reported Tuesday. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company makes set-top boxes and streaming media sticks that plug into TVs. Increasingly Roku is getting its software installed in smart TVs, eliminat ...read more

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Apple, Google, Roku in close race for streaming device lead

Research firm Parks Associates said Friday that 14% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a streaming media player by mid-2016 and that, as of the third quarter of 2015, 31% of U.S. broadband households own a streaming media player, up from 27% at the beginning of the year.
"Streaming media players will be a popular gift this holiday season, especially with more competitive pricing in the market and the expansion of new OTT services" Parks analyst Barbara Kraus said in a st ...read more

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