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Monday, June 20, 2016

Best Wi-Fi Options For Travelers

Almost nine of 10 U.S. households have a smartphone, and more than one-third use Wi-Fi calling to stay in touch, according to research by Parks Associates. "To many travelers, including my teenage daughter, the three life essentials are food, water and Wi-Fi," says Harry Wang, a senior research director at Parks Associates.

From the article "Best Wi-Fi Options For Travelers" by Christopher Elliott.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Amazon Fire TV Gains Market Share, Voice Upgrades

About 35.2 million broadband homes -- or 36% of homes with broadband service -- own a streaming media player, up from 27% in 2014, Parks estimates. About 12.7 million bought one in 2015, Parks estimates.

 “Device makers have successfully sold streaming media players to consumers by offering easy access to a variety of content streams, as well as frequent updates that add the latest innovation," said Barbara Kraus, Parks' director of research. "Amazon in particular has benefi more

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Apple's Next? Brains Of An iPhone 6S In A 5S Body

Many consumers demanded bigger screens, and the move paid off for Apple. The larger iPhone was Apple’s best seller ever.

But not all Apple consumers made the switch.

According to research firm Parks Associates, one-third of Apple iPhone owners still have a model that is more than two years old, compared with 30% of Samsung phone owners.

From the article "Apple's Next? Brains Of An iPhone 6S In A 5S Body" by Jefferson Graham.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Cutting the Cord: What won't happen in 2016

Parks Associates research analyst Glenn Hower is prepared to be proved wrong, but he remains skeptical about an Apple streaming entry. "With Sling TV and PlayStation Vue in the market, Apple is now playing catch-up, something the company is not accustomed to," Hower said.

From the article "Cutting the Cord: What won't happen in 2016" by  Mike Snider.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Cutting the Cord: Next year will bring even more streaming options

Amazon and Hulu, which has joined Netflix and Amazon as a creator of its own original content, will retain their solid spots as Nos. 2 and 3 in streaming subscriptions. The top three services have "too much momentum and (there's) too much ground to be made up by alternatives," said Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates.

From the article "Cutting the Cord: Next year will bring even more streaming options" by Mike Snider.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Cutting the Cord: Battle of the Net TV devices

Roku for now remains the market leader, says Brett Sappington, director of research at tech research firm Parks Associates. "Over one-third of households with a streaming media player have a Roku device, and adoption figures are still climbing," he said.

Over the last year and a half, Apple TV's share of the streaming media marketplace has been "no better than stable," he said. The new Apple TV will likely get "a bounce" but it must appeal beyond current owners -- who may bu more

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cutting the Cord: What's so wrong about sharing streaming video passwords?

The sharing of streaming video subscription passwords became a laughing matter during last week's Emmy Awards, but the funny business could eventually become a problem for video providers.

Credentials such as an email address and a password are needed to access video services, including Netflix and Hulu. And, in general, those credentials are intended to be used only by family members within a household.

But additional unauthorized sharing of credentials will likely cost more

Monday, September 21, 2015

Here's how Apple wants to turn your home into one giant iPhone

Although Internet-connected home appliances aren't widespread yet, adoption is set to take off this year, according to research from Parks Associates. According to the firm, 40% of broadband households in the US are planning to buy a smart home device in 2015, compared to the 16% of households that have them now.

From the article "Here's how Apple wants to turn your home into one giant iPhone" by Business Insider.

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