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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cablevision's HBO Deal Isn't a Problem for Apple

This method of distribution will force Apple to compete on price or risk its customers subscribing to HBO Now some other way. Given that it doesn't offer broadband, that's a fight Apple probably can't win.

But it doesn't really matter. For Apple, the deal with HBO is more about selling hardware than collecting service revenue.

Apple's set-top box, the Apple TV, faces an increasingly crowded market. Devices from competitors, including both Google and Amazon, have pressured the Apple ...read more

Friday, March 27, 2015

Connected Fitness Trackers to Exceed $5B by 2019

Global revenues from connected fitness trackers is expected to increase from over $2 billion in 2014 to $5.4 billion by 2019, according to new report from market research firm Parks Associates. The report, Digitally Fit: Products and Services for Connected Consumers examines the current adoption and usage of connected health devices with analysis of multiple nationwide surveys of U.S. broadband households.

“Our latest data finds adoption of connected health devices increased from 24% ...read more

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fitness Tracker Market ‘To Hit $5bn By 2019’

The global revenues for smartphone-connected fitness tracking devices and equipment will explode over the next few years, new research has claimed.

A report from research firm Parks Associates estimates that the fitness tracker market will grow from $2bn in 2014 to $5.4bn by 2019 as more and more manufacturers enter what is becoming an increasingly lucrative market.

This follows the release of several high-profile devices in recent months, including Microsoft’s Band wearable ...read more

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fitness tracker market to top $5bn by 2019

The fitness tracker industry is set to almost triple from one valued at $2 billion in 2014, to $5.4 billion by 2019.

That's according to Parks Associates, emerging consumer tech analyst, who also stated that "connected health devices" jumped from 24% adoption in the US in 2013, up to 30% by the end of last year.

"The most popular devices are exercise equipment with built-in app support and digital pedometers with wireless connectivity," read a statement promoting ...read more

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

To make your smart TV safe from spying, manufacturers need to up their game

But perhaps the bigger issue at play here is one of expectation: People don’t expect to worry about the security of their TVs. They know to protect themselves when using devices like phones, tablets, and laptops, but passive devices like TVs don’t raise the same guard.

“A TV is for entertainment, so it shouldn’t become a device you have to manage by learning how to keep it secure and how to keep your personal content personal,” says Barbara Kraus, director of research at Parks ...read more

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Uber homes in on safety initiatives amid concerns

While Uber is forging ahead with its initiatives, tangible safety improvements may take time, said Parks Associates research analyst Tejas Mehta.

"Uber's new safety initiatives are an acknowledgement of the challenges facing Uber as it attempts to bolster its less than flattering reputation when it comes to rider safety," Mehta said. "These initiatives are steps in the right direction, but it will not be smooth sailing for Uber on the safety front. Many of these ...read more

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fitness tracker device revenue to reach $5.4B by 2019

The global revenues for smartphone-connected fitness tracking devices and equipment will grow from $2 billion in 2014 to $5.4 billion by 2019, according to a report from research firm Parks Associates.

“Our latest data finds adoption of connected health devices increased from 24 percent of US broadband households at the beginning of 2013 to nearly 30 percent by the end of 2014,” Harry Wang, director of health and mobile product research at Parks Associates said in a statement. “The ...read more

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Icontrol Makes Home Automation Easy and Cost-Effective for Independent Dealers with Introduction of Icontrol One

Icontrol One was designed to help independent dealers meet the growing demand for professionally-installed home automation and security systems. According to Parks Associates, 65 percent of security systems installed in the last year included interactive services; a separate Parks Associates study found that selling remote monitoring and smart home services with a security system brings higher upfront revenues, and an average of $14 more recurring monthly revenue (RMR) per ...read more

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