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The BroadbandTV Event , co-located with the FTTH Connect, was where Tier two and three providers of fiber broadband internet service came to learn about content. I was privileged enough to moderate a panel on the Evolution of OTT with Robert Saunders (President & co-founder of Skitter TV) , Chris Lavin (CTO of ONE CONNXT), and Chris Beatson (CTO of NeoNova Networks). Millennials are always brought up in any discussion about over-the-top video services, and...
With growing adoption of bigger screen smartphones and LTE-enabled tablets, American consumers are spending more time for entertainment on mobile platforms than ever. According to recent Parks Associates research , 68% of U.S. smartphone owners listen to streaming music daily, while 71% watch short video clips. Last week, Sprint announced a new partnership with Amazon , allowing current and future customers to add Amazon Prime and its services as an add-on to monthly plans. For an...
 
by Harry Wang | Apr. 11, 2016
Tags: Amazon, Internet of Things, mobile, OTT, smartphones
According to Parks Associates’ consumer data, about 9% of Apple smartphone users have used Apple Pay, 1  and only about 3% use it regularly. 2 2015 was “the year of Apple Pay” according to Tim Cook. Apple’s failing to gain adoption, right? 3 No. Apple is focused on gaining merchant adoption before gaining consumer adoption. Here’s evidence that Apple’s focus for Apple Pay is not on consumer uptake: Apple’s iPhone 6, the first Apple phone that allows consumers...
 
by Chris Tweedt | Mar. 31, 2016
Tags: Apple, apps, mobile, mobile payment, NFC, smartphone
I've been doing a lot of research into Wi-Fi based phone plans recently. They're a service that some 70% of broadband households are interested in - which is not a surprise, given that most consumers use less than half of their cellular data plan. These plans make use of a collection of private and public WiFi hotspots in order to provide voice, text and data services. Some plans supplement hotspot access by pay-as-you-go cellular data. Current plans are offered by service providers...
 
by Kristen Hanich | Mar. 2, 2016
Tags: broadband, mobile, operator, OTT, smartphone, Wi-Fi
The Internet of Things (IoT) has expanded to influence every aspect of the broadband household and connected consumer. Connected CE and smart devices can leverage the IoT to offer new and innovative functionality, including data analytics and personalization, and create new business opportunities in connected entertainment and smart home solutions. Parks Associates analysts have identified several key disruptors that will influence multiple sectors of the connected home and IoT in...
It seems this fall has been a great time for streaming services in the United States.  Google has introduced its ad-free YouTube Red and YouTube Music services, available free of charge to Google Play subscribers, and now T-Mobile has expanded its unCarrier approach to video as well as music. I'm talking about T-Mobile's new Binge On feature, available to subscribers of T-Mobile's 6GB plans or higher.  Last year T-Mobile introduced Music Freedom, a feature that offered...
The connected car and smart home markets are both at an early stage of development, but in many ways they have been growing in parallel with each other: both are being enabled by falling costs of sensors, networking technologies, and data storage, as well as by expanded cloud services, the mass adoption of smartphones, and consumer demand for the connected lifestyle. In 2015, these ecosystems are beginning to converge, with particular use cases, such as remote home controls,...
Oculus and Samsung have unveiled the consumer version of Gear VR which will become available for purchase in November, making it the first consumer version of the “new wave” of virtual reality (VR) headsets that will be coming late this year and in early 2016. The biggest news is its price tag. The consumer version of the Gear VR is going to be sold for $99. That is approximately half the price of the Innovator Edition of Gear VR that Samsung was has been selling, primarily as...

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