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Monday, December 05, 2016

Fox CEO James Murdoch Says Streaming Platforms Better Business Than Going Direct-to-Consumer

Nonetheless, Dish Network's (DISH) Sling TV is said to have attracted about 1 million subscribers since launching nearly two years ago, according to Parks Associates, a Dallas industry monitor. Fox is on Sling TV as well as Sony's (SNE) PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now, which began operation last Wednesday.

From the article "Fox CEO James Murdoch Says Streaming Platforms Better Business Than Going Direct-to-Consumer" by Leon Lazaroff.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Unilectric Introduces Smart Home Technology at CES 2017 - Unilectric Energy Controller (UEC) Monitors and Manages Power at the Circuit Level

Parks Associates' Tom Kerber says that Unilectric offers a "highly differentiated solution" that is a "key component for smart home and energy management which addresses key value propositions for Consumers, Businesses and Channel Partners. It enables new business models for Energy Services, Cross selling with home services, Lead generation, Insurance loss mitigation, Demand Response and Aging in place." 

From the press release "Unilectric Introduces Smart more

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How Digital Service Providers Are Challenging AT&T

Eero is not alone. Luma Home Inc., Ignition Design Labs, Securifi, and Torch all offer competitive routers with features once only seen in large enterprises. “New routers are seeking to address several key areas of concern for home networking infrastructure; namely performance, coverage, aesthetics, and security,” says Brad Russell, a research analyst at Parks Associates in Dallas. “New models are also designed for over-the-air updates that keep the router up to date with security more

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

For Cord Cutters, AT&T’s New Virtual Cable Service An Unlikely Solution

Each is a decent enough product, but they’ve generated hardly any interest from consumers. Research firm Parks Associates estimated in October that after 18 months, Sling TV had signed up only 1 million subscribers. PlayStation Vue only had about 100,000 according to a guesstimate served up by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in June.

From the article "For Cord Cutters, AT&T’s New Virtual Cable Service An Unlikely Solution" by Hiawatha Bray.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DirecTV Wants To Be Next Online Substitute For Cable

But analysts estimate that Sling has racked up fewer than 1 million subscribers since it launched in February 2015. Vue's numbers are harder to get a handle on, but it's not on the list of top 10 most popular online video services compiled by research firm Parks Associates. Neither service reports subscriber numbers.

From the article "DirecTV Wants To Be Next Online Substitute For Cable" by

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Dramatic Change to the Way We Live and Work

“The way we work and live will change quite dramatically,” is how Stuart Sikes characterizes the impact of connected and smart home. Speaking at CONNECTIONS™ 16, Sikes points out that things such as voice control are removing the friction of interacting with technology and associated products. As further evidence of how things like voice control makes it easier to use smart home features,

“Parks Associates’ research finds that 44% of U.S. broadband households have used voice more

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hot Item: Millennial 'Smart Home' Owners Want Voice Control

Looking for a tech Christmas present? Having voice control such as those Amazon "Echos" and Google "Home" devices we see advertised more every day is a big priority for young home owners and nearly half of all age groups, a new survey finds.

From the article "Hot Item: Millennial 'Smart Home' Owners Want Voice Control" by WRAL TechWire.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2016 Residential Market Report: Smart Money’s on More Interactive Controls

The Annual Residential Market Report fielded online responses between Aug. 18 and Sept. 25. This has proven to be another solid business year for security dealers, albeit not forecast by Parks Associates to be as robust as 2015 or 2014.

The latter experienced much higher than standard growth as the economy began its recovery and pent-up demand was clearly demonstrated in the market. With a net of nearly 2.8 million new security system sales (after attrition and replacement calculated) in more

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