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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Navigating the Role of Smart Home and Voice Assistant Platforms in 2021

Parks Associates research reveals that U.S. broadband households have an average of 13 connected devices in their home ranging from computing to smart home devices to smart appliances to entertainment devices, including home networking solutions.

Familiarity has been slowly increasing for these devices. Consumers who already own smart home devices are buying more and looking for further integration between them. According to Parks Associates research, 50% of smart home devic ...read more

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

TMA Mid-Year Meeting Examines Monitoring Beyond Usual Use Cases

Among the featured presenters on Tuesday was Elizabeth Parks, president of Dallas-based research firm Parks Associates. Her presentation, titled “Value of Monitoring: Expanding Beyond the Traditional Use Cases,” centered on new opportunities that are emerging for professional monitoring services to deliver new benefits to today’s connected consumers.

One area Parks discussed briefly was the rise in asset tracking, including the use of tiles for real-time identification and l ...read more

Sunday, April 18, 2021

How the Smart Remote Lost Its Way

“If we think about any company that tried to make a dent in that, what comes to mind is Harmony,” says Paul Erickson, senior analyst at research company Parks Associates. “It wasn’t just that they gave you the ability to condense multiple remotes into one; there had been universal remotes for quite a long time. But a lot of them only had 80 percent of the controls that you needed for that Blu-ray player, or A/V receiver, or soundbar.”

From the article "How the Smart Remote L ...read more

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

How Amazon Strong-Arms Partners Using Its Power Across Multiple Businesses

Amazon’s Fire TV devices account for a third of all streaming media player installed base in the U.S., according to research firm Parks Associates. It commands major positions in areas such as voice-enabled speakers, book sales and online grocery.

From the article "How Amazon Strong-Arms Partners Using Its Power Across Multiple Businesses" by Dana Mattioli and Joe Flint. 

Monday, April 12, 2021

Apple pursuing Apple TV-HomePod combo – report

But a refresh would come at a good time, arriving on scene as consumer adoption of certain smart home products continues to climb. According to Parks Associates, 49% of US broadband households own a smart speaker or smart display, "driving voice to the forefront of the connected home consumer experience."

From the article "Apple pursuing Apple TV-HomePod combo – report" by Jeff Baumgartner.

Monday, April 12, 2021

SMB SPENDING ON PHYSICAL AND CYBERSECURITY ON THE RISE

More than half of SMBs are concerned about cybersecurity regarding employees’ home networks, while 21 percent report an increase in need for products and services to protect or monitor the physical safety of the business, according to the latest research from Parks Associates.

“One-third of SMBs have already increased spending on solutions such as voice and video conferencing services, internet access, IT devices, and support, and 37% are likely to purchase cybersecurity ser ...read more

Monday, April 05, 2021

Fox News Takes on Late-Night Comedy With Right-Leaning Show

“The country is divided, almost in half,” said Steve Nason, research director at Parks Associates, a market-research firm. “There’s certainly a place for other perspectives.”

From the article "Fox News Takes on Late-Night Comedy With Right-Leaning Show" by Chris Palmeri

Monday, April 05, 2021

Parks Associates: Smart Home Players Look to Overcome Consumer Price Sensitivity

Parks Associates smart home research finds high perceived prices remain a top barrier to smart home adoption, with providers and manufacturers working to bring lower priced products to market and discontinue specific premium products.

“Perception of high prices is a key barrier to smart home device adoption, but it is also tied to the perception among non-owners that smart home devices do not offer any benefits to the lifestyle,” Patrice Samuels, senior analyst, Parks Associ ...read more

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