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Monday, May 11, 2015

Dispelling the hype swirling around high dynamic range TV

The idea behind HDR video is similar: It increases the range of brightness in an image to boost the contrast between the lightest lights and the darkest darks. If you’re having difficulty grasping how that translates into a more realistic image on your screen, think of the subtle tonal gradations a fine artist creates in a charcoal drawing to build the illusion of volume, mass, and texture, and you should begin to get the picture. But HDR doesn’t just improve grayscale; its greater ...read more

Friday, May 08, 2015

Nortek Security & Control to Present at CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference

Nortek Security & Control, a Nortek company (NASDAQ: NTK) and a leader in the residential and commercial security and control markets, announced today that Duane Paulson, senior vice president product and market development, will participate as a panelist at the CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 19-21, in San Francisco, CA.

Along with executives from Honeywell, Pandora, Ford Motor Company and Panasonic; Mr. Paulson will participate in the session "Defining ...read more

Friday, May 08, 2015

Cablevision Grabs the OTT Ring and Goes for It

Cannibalization risk aside, ignoring consumption trends could be riskier than attempting to thwart them. The average consumer is clearly more

interested in streaming than they ever have been—and if a pay-TV provider can enable it, so much the better.

Research from Parks Associates shows that 27 percent of U.S. broadband households now own a streaming media device while Internet access is near-ubiquitous at 90 percent. Also, more consumers bought a streaming media device than a ...read more

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Fitness and Health Market Opportunities for Wearables

Today, roughly 30% of U.S. broadband households own a connected health device, which includes approximately 15 million households that have a connected fitness or wellness device, such as a fitness tracker, a weight scale, or a sports watch with heart-rate/GPS functions. Adoption rates are increasing, particularly among high-income households, where more than one-third own a connected health device, and by 2016, more than 32 million U.S. consumers will actively track their personal health ...read more

Thursday, May 07, 2015

General Electric : Lighting the Way --- 3 Paths to Intelligent Environments

"The Jetsons" has long captured the public's imagination, driving expectations toward a set vision of the future inhabited by robot butlers. While advances in robotic technology has in some ways turned sci-fi into reality, the smart home is evolving along a different path - one that allow you to monitor and control your home environment from afar away with a few taps on a smart device.

Yet misconceptions about cost and complexity have hampered adoption - with only a third of ...read more

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Cord cutter threat remains real as OTT quality, content choice improve

Limelight's findings are somewhat similar to a report released by Parks Associates early this year which said that as many as 7 million U.S. consumers might cancel their pay-TV subscriptions if or when OTT alternatives like HBO Now and Sling TV became available. As with this survey, the answers reflected respondents' intention or willingness to cancel services under certain conditions.

From the article "Cord cutter threat remains real as OTT quality, content choice improve" by ...read more

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Today's wearables are shaping tomorrow's healthcare

The current popularity of consumer-focused connected health devices, whether fitness-tracking wristbands, smart bathroom scales or simply dedicated apps that run on an existing smartphone, is poised to make more consumers proactive about their well-being but is also set to play a huge role in the future of healthcare.

Research by Parks Associates suggests that 30% of US broadband homes already own some form of connected health device and that by 2016, over 32 million US consumers will be ...read more

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Latest Industry Stats in Audio, Video and Homebuilding

Just as streaming media is affecting the consumption of music, media such as over-the-top (OTT) video are gaining popularity in American homes, according to statistics announced by Parks Associates.

Parks’ latest data finds 55 percent of U.S. broadband homes subscribe to OTT video services. This percentage is up from 44 percent in 2013, and these numbers are higher with younger heads of households, Parks says.

“Consumers in key demographics have adopted OTT services in large ...read more

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