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Saturday, January 30, 2021

Forget the Streaming Wars—Pandemic-Stricken 2020 Lifted Netflix and Others

About 60% of U.S. households currently use Netflix, according to research firm Parks Associates, and it still holds a sizable lead over most of its rivals—though some new entrants are gaining ground fast.

From the article "Forget the Streaming Wars -- Pandemic-Stricken 2020 Lifted Netflix and Others" by Lillian Rizzo and Drew Fitzgerald.

Thursday, January 07, 2021

A New Service Seeks to Streamline Your Streaming

The coronavirus pandemic has been a boon for major streaming services, including Netflix Inc., Disney’s Hulu and Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Video, whose subscriber base soared last year in the midst of growing demand for content from shut-in customers. Some 95% of U.S. households subscribe to at least one of these three services, according to Parks Associates, a research firm.

From the article "A New Service Seeks to Streamline Your Streaming" by Lillian Rizzo.

Monday, November 16, 2020

HBO Max Is Finally Coming to Amazon Devices

Amazon and Roku together control more than 70% of the streaming-media player market, according to industry researcher Parks Associates.

From the article "HBO Max Is Finally Coming to Amazon Devices" by Drew FitzGerald and Joe Flint.

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

Comcast, Walmart in Talks to Develop and Distribute Smart TVs

Comcast is fairly late to the game in distribution of streaming apps. Roku and Amazon together have a roughly 70% share of the U.S. market for streaming-media devices, with Apple in third place, according to research firm Parks Associates. Alphabet Inc. has recently launched a new play for the market with Google TV, a version of its Chromecast technology that will come with a remote control, so users won't have to cast programming from their phone to their TV.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

What Shifting Data Use Means for Pay-TV and Video Services

As changes in the pay-TV industry continue to disrupt traditional providers, organizations will begin to incrementally establish a new data-centric culture. In large, established organizations, cultural changes are some of the most difficult to implement.

The bottom line is that operators need to begin now, knowing that changes will take years to accomplish. Companies must begin with specific goals and objectives in mind, with appropriate expectations of results and timing. ...read more

Thursday, September 22, 2016

What Yahoo Users Can Do After the Hack

Internet users with email or online-service accounts they no longer use should log into them and close them out. “They just create more points of vulnerability,” said Brad Russell, a research analyst at Parks Associates. Sometimes that might mean having to go through steps to recover an old password you might not remember, but it’s worth it.

From the article "What Yahoo Users Can Do After the Hack" by Anne Steele.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Want to Watch Zombies 24/7? There’s a Pay Site for That

Jashin Yeh Panza, whose father is the star of the Chinese brush-painting service, says one 90-something-year-old customer calls her office if she isn’t regularly uploading new videos. “She [said] she goes to bed with my dad every night,” Ms. Panza says.

She says about 3% to 5% of the painting channel’s customer base has canceled in the past year, a “churn” rate less than Netflix’s 9% in 2015, according to Parks Associates market-research firm. It is hard to compare, since Ne ...read more

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Silicon Valley Races to Make TV the Next Frontier for Apps

Technological advances, including faster processors, are fueling hopes that TVs and set-top boxes can do much more. For starters, Nvidia's Mr. Huang and others say, they can help bring gaming to a broader audience by eliminating the need for dedicated gaming consoles.

Google's Android TV app store lists big-screen versions of games found on mobile devices, including Electronic Arts Inc.'s "NBA Jams" and Telltale Inc.'s "Game of Thrones."

Nvidia, known for chips used to r ...read more

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