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Monday, August 14, 2017

IKEA'S Smart Home Dares to Make Sense

Starting with just lighting also keeps things simple for Ikea. Rather than slapping a chip in the nearest Frostig, it entered the market playing to its strengths.

"They've had lighting fixtures for quite a long time," says Brad Russell, a research analyst at Parks Associates. "It's a natural fit for them. One of the use cases for lighting is design, so that fits into the design consciousness of the brand. Also more generally speaking, lighting is a low-cost entry point for a ...read more

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Choose-Your-Own-Adventures Just Landed on Netflix. Yes, Netflix

Books and videogames have done this for years, but achieving good results with video has proved difficult. Beyond making the technology work, open-ended storytelling doesn't make much sense from a business standpoint if you're a conventional studio or TV network.

“Truthfully, this was not something that could really be implemented on a broad scale until digital video came along,” says Glenn Hower, a senior digital media analyst with research firm Parks Associates. “Not only ...read more

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

YouTube TV Goes Live in Google’s Biggest Swipe at Comcast Yet

The name YouTube alone carries weight as a signifier of people’s viewing habits migrating online. And for networks taking part in YouTube TV’s launch, that could make coming aboard the service seem like a smarter move than saying no. “YouTube brings the brand in online video (to live internet TV),” says Glenn Hower, a senior digital media analyst with research firm Parks Associates. If any platform is likely to cannibalize (more) viewers, it’s YouTube. To not participate as more ...read more

Friday, January 20, 2017

Netflix Is Killing It—Big Time—After Pouring Cash Into Original Shows

“There seemed to be an attitude around the industry that after House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, there was no way Netflix could catch lightning in a bottle again,” says Glenn Hower, a senior digital media analyst with research firm Parks Associates. “Well, after cranking out more hits like Luke Cage, Stranger Things and The OA, it looks like the streaming giant really knows what they are doing in the content creation space.”

From the article "Netflix Is Killing It— ...read more

Friday, January 06, 2017

The World Just Moved One Step Closer To Cord-Cutter Utopia

That leaves local broadcast TV. Access to NBC, ABC, and all the rest remains the biggest impediment to cutting the cord for good. Parks Associates recently found that 55 percent of cable subscribers said they’d have a hard time giving up local broadcast television. Giving up sports was a distant second. The irony here is that these stations are supposed to be available for free.

From the article "The World Just Moved One Step Closer To Cord-Cutter Utopia" by Amy Lombard.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Amazon and Netflix Look to Their Own Shows As the Key to World Domination

“A lot of the time content owners might not necessarily hold all the rights to their content in different markets,” says Parks Associates analyst Glenn Hower. “International content rights are hideously complex.”

From the article "Amazon and Netflix Look to Their Own Shows As the Key to World Domination" by Brian Barrett.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Routers Are Pretty Now, Because They Have to Be

“These new mesh network routers are seeking to address several key areas of concern for home networking infrastructure; namely performance, coverage, aesthetics, and security,” says Brad Russell, and analyst with Parks Associates.

From the article "Routers Are Pretty Now, Because They Have to Be" by Brian Barrett.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Softbank Is Betting $32 Billion on ARM That the Internet of Things Will Pay Out

The good news, for SoftBank and ARM, is that it’s got as good a chance as anybody to do just that. “[ARM] processors are ideally suited for IoT applications,” says Parks Associates Research Director Tom Kerber, citing their efficiency and affordability. The same strengths that helped ARM take over the world’s smartphones will help it do the same with connected devices.

From the article "Softbank Is Betting $32 Billion on ARM That the Internet of Things Will Pay Out" by Brian ...read more

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