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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Hulu Mounts Push To Draw And Keep Subscribers: Executive

Luring and keeping customers is becoming harder as the online streaming market gets more crowded and subscribers, freed from cable television's contract model, can cancel service with a click of the mouse.

The company, which plans to roll out the new live TV bundle of broadcast and cable network channels early next year, has one of the industry's highest customer defection rates at 50%, according to research firm Parks Associates.  

From the article "Hulu Mounts Push To ...read more

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Is The End Of The Games Console Nigh?

The majority of US and European homes currently have a PlayStation or Xbox nestling under the television but according to Parks Associates, fewer than 50% of US homes will still have one by 2019.

What's more, in some European countries, the trend is at a more advanced stage – game console penetration in French homes, for example, has already dropped from 59% to 49% over the past three years.

"Game consoles remain one of the key elements of the connected home, but other d ...read more

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Netflix Need Not Fear New Amazon Prime Spinoff Service

For those who think Amazon has the clout to steal away Netflix subscribers, the logic there isn't too easy to follow: the US$9 (RM35) price point for the new service simply isn't compelling enough to siphon away any meaningful portion of the Netflix sub base, and the Amazon library of originals and licensed TV shows and movies isn't substantially better, either.

It's more likely that Bezos is betting that Netflix subs are willing to pay for a second or third SVOD option (Hul ...read more

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

European Consumers Catch The Video Streaming Bug

The popularity of Over The Top (OTT) video is growing fast particularly in France and the UK.

According to new data released by Parks Associates on March 29, over half of UK and French (55% and 51%, respectively) broadband Internet households are now turning to online channels for their TV and video fix.  

From the article "European Consumers Catch The Video Streaming Bug" by www.thestar.com

Friday, March 11, 2016

Over Two Thirds Of Smartphone Owners Are Music Streamers

According to new Parks Associates research, when it comes to digital relaxation, listening to music via a smartphone tops all other entertainment uses.

In the US, where the research was conducted, 68% of smartphone owners now listen to music everyday via a streaming service. In term of numbers, watching short video clips (71%) is more popular, but at an average of 45 minutes a day, no other smartphone-based entertainment takes up as much time.  

From the article "Over Tw ...read more

Monday, February 15, 2016

Action Cams Are For Birthday Parties Not Bungee Jumping

Wearable cameras such as the GoPro may be advertised as the must-have audio-visual accessory for extreme sport thrill-seekers, but according to new research, their most common uses are much more mundane.

New top-line data from Parks Associates shows that almost 40% of consumers who own wearable cameras or camcorders use them for capturing the events of daily life.

From the article "Action Cams Are For Birthday Parties Not Bungee Jumping" by www.thestar.com

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Connecting The Connected Car To The Connected Home

According to the latest Parks Associates research, nearly two-thirds of US drivers want connected car functionality as standard on their next new ride and 25% of consumers are already intrigued by the possibilities of using their car as a way of remotely controlling home functions.

And Vinli's system will work with pretty much any car built within the last two decades, as long as it has a second generation diagnostics port.  

From the article "Connecting The Connected Ca ...read more

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Smartphones Are Driving Consumer Demand For Connected Cars To An All-time High

According to new Parks Associates research published ahead of the 2016 International CES, 44% of car owners in US broadband households already have some a connected car feature on their current vehicle and 64% of drivers want connected car features as standard on their next new ride.

This should be greeted as good news for anyone in favor of self-driving cars. Connected cars are safer cars. They can access real-time information on traffic and weather conditions and, cruciall ...read more

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