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Tuesday, January 02, 2018

10 Reasons Smart Home Devices Will Be Everywhere in 2018

Smart home gift-giving is on the rise, expanding the universe of potential users that don’t necessarily know what they’ve gotten themselves into. Parks Associates estimates some 20% of smart-device owners receive their goods as a gift. For the 2017 holiday season, the researcher indicates 36% of Millennials will buy these products as gifts, potentially for unsuspecting parents not as tech-savvy as the younger generation.

From the article "10 Reasons Smart Home Devices Will B more

Saturday, December 30, 2017

3 streaming TV trends to watch in 2018

“Online pay TV is going to have a significant affect on the television market, and by the end of this year we’ll be talking about both those services that succeeded … and those that did not succeed,” said Brett Sappington, a digital entertainment researcher with Parks Associates. “I think we’re going to see some surprises both in the successes and failures of online pay TV.”

From the article "3 streaming TV trends to watch in 2018" by Jennifer Van Grove.

Friday, December 29, 2017

10 Indications 2018 Will be a Big Year for Smart Home Installations

In the period of just one year, big-box retailers including Best Buy, Lowe’s, Apple, Target and Sears, dramatically increased shelf space and visibility for smart-home devices. Even Whole Foods, acquired by Amazon, now sells Echo and other smart things, right alongside fresh produce. The visibility increases impulse buys by consumers who hadn’t done their homework. According to Parks Associates, roughly 40% of consumers spent less than one day shopping for smart house products. more

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Smartwatches were finally worth our time this year

The growing popularity of smarter timepieces helps explain why smartwatches are co-opting features previously associated with fitness trackers and GPS sports watches, says Parks Associates analyst Kristen Hanich, who notes that the different categories have overlapping features.

"Basic activity tracking is highly popular, but it's a fairly standard feature," Hanich says. "Consumers want more -- which in many cases means a smartwatch." more

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Parks Associates: Security and Smart Home Research for 2017

CE Pro sister publication Security Sales & Integration recently revealed security and smart-home statistics from its annual Residential Market Report. Researched with Parks Associates, and now in its fifth installment, the report analyzes the current state of smart home device awareness among consumers, along with IoT penetration figures, and the relationship between security and home automation -- in terms of products, services and consumer preferences.

From the article "Pa more

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Cord-Cutting: How Far Will It Go?

In another telling study late last month, Parks Associates found that more than half of all US OTT households now subscribe to multiple OTT services, up from just 20% three years ago. Of these multi-OTT households, 81% take Netflix plus some other service or combination of services, typically Amazon or Hulu, according to the survey.

From the article "Cord-Cutting: How Far Will It Go?" by Alan Breznick.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Smart TVs Join The In-Home Digital Voice Race

The home entertainment market is consolidating around the smart TV, with the TV now being the most commonly used platform for accessing video content, according to Parks Associates.

Consumers are being re-trained to use remote control devices with voice to interact with smart TVs.

For example, to search for a movie on Amazon Prime Video remote, a consumer holds the remote’s microphone button, names a TV show or movie title and rapid speech recognition instantly provides more

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Pay-TV companies crack down on password sharing by streaming viewers

Sixteen percent of U.S. broadband households admit to either using someone else’s credentials to stream cable TV or sharing their login info with someone outside their home, according to Parks Associates. The TV industry’s losses from password sharing are expected to rise to $9.9 billion by 2021 from $3.5 billion this year, the research firm estimates. That lost revenue is especially important because the pay-TV industry is already losing subscribers to cheaper online rivals lik more

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