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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

83% Of Smart TVs Now Internet-Connected, Up From 70%

Ownership of streaming media players has nearly doubled from 21% of U.S. broadband households in 2014 to nearly 40% now. Meanwhile, smart TV ownership has increased from 34% to 53% during the same period.

"More connected devices open more opportunities for streaming and OTT services in the home, prompting more service announcements such as AT&T's plans to offer a tiered video streaming service," stated Elizabeth Parks, senior vice president of Parks Associates.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2018

AI Meets VR in New Nvidia Tech

"Currently, VR content creation is prohibitively costly, and it is difficult to create the kinds of experiences consumers are looking for," explained Kristen Hanich, a research analyst with Dallas, Texas-based Parks Assocates, a market research and consulting company specializing in consumer technology products.

"Lowering the barrier to entry should help with the VR industry's content problem -- there's a lack of it," she told TechNewsWorld.

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Monday, December 03, 2018

Virtual Reality: Slow Growth but Expanding Use Cases

In a recent survey, 25 percent of broadband households indicated they were familiar with some type of VR technology, but just 8 percent actually owned a headset, Parks Associates researchers found.

From the article "Virtual Reality: Slow Growth but Expanding Use Cases" by Billy Nayden.


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Fitbit, Apple Watch could bring new era of health monitoring

Sixteen percent of US households with broadband connections report owning at least one smartwatch, according to data from Parks Associates, a market research firm. That's up from 4 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Another 13 percent of households say they intend to buy a smartwatch in the next year.

Kristen Hanich, an analyst at Parks, says smart technology that can more accurately collect and interpret the data smartwatches generate will boost adoption.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Amidst Dismal Numbers, YouTube Dials Back Its Premium Service

As predicted, very few people wanted to pay up.

According to Parks Associates, YouTube Premium – which includes Music Premium – no longer ranks among the top 10 streaming services in the US.

Company executives have fiercely guarded the service’s subscription numbers. But YouTube is now pulling back on its Premium offerings, a move that may be speaking volumes.

From the article "Amidst Dismal Numbers, YouTube Dials Back Its Premium Service" by Daniel Sanchez.

Monday, November 26, 2018

2018 Residential Security Market Report: Home Monitoring Fees, DIY on Upswing

As has been the case for the past five years, Security Sales & Integration and Parks Associates have once again collaborated on the annual Residential Security Dealer Survey (a.k.a. Residential Market Report).

Now in its sixth year, the 2018 survey was fielded in August and September, and lends key insights into the leading trends, opportunities and challenges. A few more than 200 security dealers participated in the survey. Not all dealers respond to all questions, so quest more

Monday, November 26, 2018

Smart Home Monthly Revenue Growth is Flattening

The home security sector is experiencing flattening recurring monthly revenue (RMR) growth as adoption of interactive services has passed the 50% mark, according to new smart home monthly revenue research from Parks Associates.

“Today, over three quarters of new security subscribers have interactive services, paying $9 per month on average for the service,” said Tom Kerber, the Senior Director of IoT Strategy for Parks Associates in a press release. “As adoption of interacti more

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Apple explored a TV-streaming dongle as a cheap alternative to Apple TV

Apple's commitment to the high end has crimped its market share of streaming players, preventing it from dominating an exploding market. The number of households with a streaming player has quadrupled in the last five years, according to Parks Associates, but Apple trails Roku and Amazon in market share and the company seldom discounts. That means its Apple TV costs at least $149, or as much as $200 for a 4K version with lots of space for downloads.

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