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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Roku Holds Lead In Streaming Media Players, But Amazon, Apple Gain

Streaming video device pioneer Roku continues to lead the market, but rivals (AMZN), Apple (AAPL) and Alphabet (GOOGL)-owned Google are close behind.

Roku accounted for 30% of streaming media players purchased in 2015, down from 34% in 2014, research firm Parks Associates reported Tuesday. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company makes set-top boxes and streaming media sticks that plug into TVs. Increasingly Roku is getting its software installed in smart TVs, eliminat more

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Apple, Google, Roku in close race for streaming device lead

Research firm Parks Associates said Friday that 14% of U.S. broadband households plan to buy a streaming media player by mid-2016 and that, as of the third quarter of 2015, 31% of U.S. broadband households own a streaming media player, up from 27% at the beginning of the year.
"Streaming media players will be a popular gift this holiday season, especially with more competitive pricing in the market and the expansion of new OTT services" Parks analyst Barbara Kraus said in a st more

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Cord Cheating: Piracy Spreads From Netflix To Pay TV

A report by Parks Associates says that among the 57% of U.S. households with OTT services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), HBO Go), 11% use shared-accounts. Parks estimates that OTT video streamers will lose some $500 million of revenue worldwide in 2015 because of password sharing.

From the article "Cord Cheating: Piracy Spreads From Netflix To Pay TV" by REINHARDT KRAUSE.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Apple TV Falls Behind In Streaming Device Market

With no new streaming video player in two and a half years, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is losing ground in the market. Apple's set-top box, Apple TV, slipped to fourth place in U.S. sales of streaming media devices last year, research firm Parks Associates reported Thursday.

Roku continues to lead in streaming media device sales, accounting for 34% of units sold in 2014. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) was second with 23%. (NASDAQ:AMZN) overtook Apple for third place. Amazon grabb more

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Retailers Pushing Smart Home Devices To Mass Market

Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and other retailers this holiday season are pushing smart home devices closer to mass-market adoption, Parks Associates said in a report Thursday.

Multiple retailers have expanded their shelf space devoted to these devices, which include smart lighting, electronic door locks, programmable thermostats and next-generation smoke detectors. Best Buy has taken the lead, with some locations setting aside over 800 square feet of floor space to connected home pro more

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Average U.S. home has 2 streaming video devices

Last week, research firm Parks Associates said Roku is the leader in digital media streamers, accounting for 29% of sales in the first three months of 2014. It said Google Chromecast (20%) supplanted Apple TV (17%) in second place. New entrant Amazon Fire TV is in fourth place with 10% market share.

From the article "Average U.S. home has 2 streaming video devices" by Patrick Seitz.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Smart home systems a no-brainer for growth, researchers say

Separately, research firm Parks Associates on Thursday said nearly 4% of U.S. households will have a smart home controller by year's end, rising to nearly 6% in 2015. Such devices can control lighting systems, garage door openers, networked security cameras and programmable thermostats.

"The majority of smart devices installed today were acquired as part of a security or home controls system deployed by providers such as ADT, Comcast or AT&T," Parks Associates analyst Tom Ke more

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sony PlayStation 4 seen outselling Microsoft Xbox One

A survey of U.S. consumers by Parks Associates found that 36% of likely game console buyers plan to purchase Sony's PS4, compared with 27% for Microsoft's Xbox One.

The next-generation game consoles will compete for consumer spending with new tablets from Apple, Amazon and others, Parks Associates said Tuesday. However, roughly 15% of all U.S. broadband Internet households plan to buy both a tablet and a game console this holiday season, the research firm said.

Parks Ass more

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