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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Want to Watch Zombies 24/7? There’s a Pay Site for That

Jashin Yeh Panza, whose father is the star of the Chinese brush-painting service, says one 90-something-year-old customer calls her office if she isn’t regularly uploading new videos. “She [said] she goes to bed with my dad every night,” Ms. Panza says.

She says about 3% to 5% of the painting channel’s customer base has canceled in the past year, a “churn” rate less than Netflix’s 9% in 2015, according to Parks Associates market-research firm. It is hard to compare, since Ne more

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Silicon Valley Races to Make TV the Next Frontier for Apps

Technological advances, including faster processors, are fueling hopes that TVs and set-top boxes can do much more. For starters, Nvidia's Mr. Huang and others say, they can help bring gaming to a broader audience by eliminating the need for dedicated gaming consoles.

Google's Android TV app store lists big-screen versions of games found on mobile devices, including Electronic Arts Inc.'s "NBA Jams" and Telltale Inc.'s "Game of Thrones."

Nvidia, known for chips used to r more

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Changing the Channel on Apple TV

Still, an Apple-branded television has been one of the most persistent rumors floating around the consumer-electronics industry, as well as the investment community. The most glaring example came Monday when activist Carl Icahn published a 3,200-word report on Apple that predicted it would sell 10 million units of an ultrahigh definition set in fiscal 2016. He also said these would have an average selling price of $1,500, which is more than double the current average for a flat- more

Sunday, January 04, 2015

The Race to Build Command Centers for Smart Homes

Though some big names like Apple and Google aren’t exhibiting at CES, hundreds of smart-home hardware makers are.

Examples include Blossom, a startup offering a new smart sprinkler controller to save on water bills. SkyBell, another startup, plans to show its video doorbell, which has a camera and motion sensor that tells smartphone users who is at their door. Lynx Grills Inc. is delivering on earlier plans for a smartphone-connected outdoor grill that can send users a messa more

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Google’s Chromecast Overtakes Apple TV in Video Streaming, Survey Says

Google’s Chromecast stick has overtaken Apple's Apple TV set-top box as one of the most popular Internet video streaming devices in the U.S., according to results of a survey released Tuesday.

A survey of 10,000 U.S. homes with a broadband Internet connection by research firm Parks Associates found that 10% purchased either a streaming media player or stick in the first 10 months of 2014. Roku led with 29% of sales, but Chromecast was second, grabbing 20% and supplanting the more

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Google's Nest Labs Opens Its Platform to Outside Developers

There is no "killer app" for the connected home yet, so established players in home security, such as, may have an advantage because they can explain how new features and devices may be useful to existing customers, said Tom Kerber, director of home controls and energy research at Parks Associates.

But Mr. Kerber says less than a third of U.S. households have a professionally monitored security service, leaving an opening for new entrants like Nest, Apple and Wink. more

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Is Now the Time to Buy a 4K TV Set?

But supporters argue that a 4K television set, given its ability to improve current HD picture quality, among other reasons, is a better purchase even at today's prices than a large-screen HDTV, which threatens to lock viewers into an increasingly inferior standard for years to come.

It's better to wait, says Brett Sappington, director of research at Dallas-based Parks Associates. Jack Wetherill, senior market analyst at British-based Futuresource Consulting, says 4K is a go more

Friday, September 20, 2013

What Your Kids Can Teach You About Tech

Cellphone bills are subject to sharp increases as households trade up to smartphones and rack up expensive data charges. Young adults, of course, want it all: the latest phones and a full-service plan. But while a survey earlier this year found that 18- to 34-year-olds spent more on average on their smartphones than their elders, they paid somewhat less last year for their monthly plans, according to Parks Associates, a Dallas research firm.

One way to do that is to reduc more

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