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Friday, December 01, 2017

2 Surprising Stocks to Buy and Hold Until 2030

Americans view security as one of the top benefits of smart home technology, ahead of options such as energy/resource management, or indoor convenience/entertainment. Alarm.com aims to give consumers something better than a traditional security service, controllable only from home-based devices with limited capabilities. Instead, it offers users mobile-app access to their smart home security systems. According to Parks Associates, the smart home security market is projected to d ...read more

Thursday, November 30, 2017

3 Stocks That Look Just Like Google in 2004

Yet just like Google in 2004, Roku dominates its market. According to market researcher Parks Associates , Roku boasts a 37% market share in "over the top" streaming devices. Amazon's Fire TV, Apple TV -- even Google's own Chromecast -- don't even come close.

Will Roku maintain its lead in the years to come? Can it translate wild consumer popularity into cold, hard cash profits? That remains to be seen. But if Google's performance offers any example, I'd say Roku's chances l ...read more

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The Simple Reason Why I Won't Buy Roku Inc.

Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) went public on Sep. 28, its stock surging nearly 70% from its IPO price of $14 per share. The stock hit almost $30 the following day, but subsequently pulled back to the low $20s.

On the surface, Roku's numbers look solid. Its total revenue rose 25% to $399 million last year, and grew another 23% annually during the first half of 2017. It dominated the US streaming media player market during the first quarter of 2017 with 37% market share according to Park ...read more

Friday, August 26, 2016

Most Consumer Electronics Buyers Consider Only One Brand

The majority of consumer electronics (CE) buyers, 71%, only consider one brand when shopping, according to new consumer research from Parks Associates. In some categories the numbers are even more overwhelmingly in favor of consumers only considering a single brand. For tablets, smartphones, and gaming consoles 75%-80% of device buyers do not consider other brands when shopping, according to the research.

"Building brand mindshare early is critical so that consumers associat ...read more

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The New Apple TV is Looking Like a Failure

"[Apple is] becoming a pretty small part of the market," said Roku CEO Anthony Wood in an interview with Business Insider last month. Wood was referring to the market for internet-connected set-top boxes, a space his company competes in alongside Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Alphabet's (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google, and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). According to research firm Parks Associates, the four companies combined to sell 94% of the dedicated streaming devices sold last year.

F ...read more

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Amazon Prime Improves Its Customer Retention Rate

It's also comparable to the 9% annual churn for Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), which tops all streaming services, and much better than the 50% rate for Hulu, according to research from Parks Associates. Aside from Netflix, streaming services tend to have a more volatile churn rate because most make it very easy for consumers to join, cancel, and then join again. That's a pattern people are likely to follow as they join a service for specific content and then quit once they have consumed ...read more

Friday, April 22, 2016

3 Reasons Amazon's New Prime Video Doesn't Threaten Netflix

Netflix has some of the most loyal customers among streaming video services. While 52% of U.S. broadband households subscribe to Netflix, just 5% cancelled a subscription (including free trials) in the last 12 months, according to research from Parks Associates. That compares extremely favorably with Amazon, Hulu, and the aggregate "others" category.

From the article "3 Reasons Amazon's New Prime Video Doesn't Threaten Netflix" by www.fool.com

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Google's Latest Plan To Take Over Your Living Room

By almost any measure, Chromecast has been a hit. Among dedicated streaming devices, it was the second-most popular in the U.S. in 2014, capturing about 20% of the market according to Parks Associates. Worldwide, it's been even more popular. Earlier this month, research firm Strategy Analytics reported that Chromecast was the top-selling streamer in the world in 2015, selling some 14.7 million units. To date, Google has sold about 27 million Chromecasts in two and a half years. ...read more

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