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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Honeywell And Nest Lead The Way For Smart Thermostats

Navigant’s research comes immediately following research from Parks Associates predicting that smart thermostats will account for over 40% of all thermostats sold in the US in 2015.

“Smart thermostats already account for more than one-half of the smart home devices in U.S. broadband households,” said Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. “Many utilities have promoted smart thermostats as part of their home energy management initiatives; more

Friday, July 24, 2015

Apple Will No Longer Sell Nest Thermostats

Just a few years ago, before Google purchased Nest for $3.2 billion, Apple was one of the first outlets to sell the learning thermostat. The device was created by former Apple engineers, who made use of the company's simple and user-friendly design philosophy.

But much has changed since Nest hit store shelves in 2011. The smart home sector is finally becoming a market -- largely driven by thermostats. Last year, more than one-third of broadband households said they plan on buying a more

Friday, July 24, 2015

Bring Back the Smart Residential Gateway for Home Automation Success

Internet providers and black-box makers have all the faculties to create a better support scheme, but there really is a serious disconnect.

Comcast broadband doesn’t communicate with Xfinity Home. Ditto for Time Warner Cable, AT&T and the rest of them. Sigma Designs, which owns Z-Wave, doesn’t include the home automation technology in the 55 million settop boxes it has deployed. And so on and so forth ….

I found progress last year at a Parks Associates conference, where I more

Friday, July 24, 2015

Smart Thermostats on the Rise

By the end of this year, nearly half of all new thermostats sold will be internet-connected "smart" devices as more consumers take the first steps toward creating a digital smart home, Greentech Media reports.

Citing new market research from Parks Associates, the website said fully connected homes aren't in the cards for most consumers, but a growing number of them are buying and installing the devices. Buying habits also are shifting as more people buy the thermostats directly more

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Great and Tragic Lives of OTT Video Service Providers

OTT video service providers must climb the learning curve quickly in order to keep the doors open. Often, content license terms require companies to grow revenues quickly in order to cover minimum guaranteed payments for their content. In a very real sense, the profitability clock is ticking from the time that they open their doors. Pay-TV providers also are taking careful note.

Being on the cutting edge is exciting... so long as you are not the one getting cut. The global expansion of more

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) Users Sharing Account Passwords, Details With Others

In fact, according to a recent study from Parks Associates, Netflix could lose an estimated $500 million in 2015 because of global account credential-sharing. Moreover, “The Cost of Piracy” report discovered that six percent of U.S. households utilize a streaming service unregistered by any household member. What’s troubling is that it’s mostly young people taking part in this practice.

Netflix, which has about 65 million international users and has been growing thanks to more

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Two-thirds of Netflix users share their account credentials, new study claims

This study comes a few weeks after research from Parks Associates suggested that credential-sharing will cost the video-streaming service industry $500 million in direct revenues globally in 2015.

In Parks’ The Cost of Piracy report, figures show that six percent of U.S. broadband households use an over-the-top (OTT) video service that is paid by someone NOT living in the house.

Delving deeper into the demographics reveals that the younger the OTT service user, the more likely they more

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In Every Dream Home a Security Heartache

Further research into the topic by Parks Associates concurred with the F&S/CABA study’s general thrust that IoT is a land of plenty offering consumers convenience, efficiency, collaboration and expanded products and services. Worryingly, though, it added that concerns about privacy and data security posed major challenges to the industry; identity theft, invasive data mining, cyber-terrorism, and physical dangers from hacked devices were scaring consumers. It urged the industry that it more

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