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Friday, July 15, 2016

Senator Warren Calls Out 21st Century Digital Robber Barons

Perhaps no other company embodies the alleged abuse more than Apple. The popular electronics producer has sought to block competition at nearly every turn and through nearly every avenue. According to Parks Associates, an internationally recognized market research and consulting company, Apple controls 40 percent of the smartphone market. “The Wall Street Journal” reported that Apple collected 92 percent of all profits in the smartphone industry market in 1995. Apple has effectively ...read more

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sharing Netflix Or HBO Go Passwords Is Now a Federal Crime

Unauthorized use off Netflix or HBO passwords of paying customers generated a loss of more than $500 million in revenue in 2015, Parks Associates research showed. However, major VoD companies dispute the necessity for such a law.

From the article "Sharing Netflix Or HBO Go Passwords Is Now a Federal Crime" by Boris Djuric.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Opera TV Launches Next-Generation OTT TV App Technology

“According to Parks Associates research, OTT video usage is expanding worldwide with 55 percent of UK broadband households and 51 percent in France watching TV online, compared to 70 percent in the U.S.,” said Aneesh Rajaram, CEO of Opera TV. “Opera TV Snap is the fastest way for broadcasters and VOD services to enter the OTT market. The platform allows them to reach new audiences on the home’s biggest screen, while also enabling content owners to monetize their existing video ...read more

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tablets Rise Amid Stark Desktop Decline

According to Parks, only 6 per cent of US broadband households rely on desktops exclusively, with an additional 6 per cent of households using only a combination of desktops and tablets.

“Desktop adoption has declined from a peak of 91 per cent down to 61 per cent of broadband households, and it will not recover, as just 12 per cent of households bought a desktop in 2015,” Barbara Kraus, Parks director of research, commented.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Irdeto Makes Big Gains In US Cable With Keys And Credentials Solution

“Flexible content security solutions that can adapt to nearly any delivery environment will be key to protecting content while allowing delivery through different networks, services and devices,” said Parks Associates research analyst Glenn Hower.

The Keys & Credentials managed service integrates with third party workflows for the production, delivery, or updating of decryption keys and other security assets, allowing operators the freedom to utilise the best solutions for their ...read more

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Irdeto Secures Its 16 Millionth STB

“The video services and delivery landscape has become incredibly complex, and concerns about piracy and password-sharing is growing,” said Glenn Hower, research analyst for Parks Associates. “Among digital video service consumers age 18-24, 20% admit to using someone else’s credentials to use a service, and this trend has made TV operators nervous as well. Flexible content security solutions that can adapt to nearly any delivery environment will be key to protecting content while ...read more

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Schneider Electric's Wiser Air With Eco IQ Takes The Guesswork Out Of Smart Thermostats

According to Park Associates1, smart thermostats are currently one of the strongest categories of smart home devices, with more than 10 percent of U.S. broadband households planning to purchase one in the next 12 months. But research shows that most users with smart thermostats don't know how to properly utilize them for energy savings and often override schedules2. Unlike other smart thermostats, Eco IQ constantly manages and adjusts temperatures, freeing users from the burden of having to ...read more

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sharing Your Netflix And HBO Go Passwords Is Now A Federal Crime

In a study published by research firm Parks Associates, it estimated that streaming services would lose $500 million in revenue from password-sharing in 2015, but Netflix still doesn’t seem so concerned. CEO Reed Hastings addressed the problem in January of 2016 when he said that most people piggybacking off of other users end up getting a paid subscription of their own. It’s somewhat of an unorthodox free trial. 

From the article "Sharing Your Netflix And HBO Go Passwords ...read more

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