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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Roku IPO a Success, Despite Gaining Little Revenue From YouTube or Netflix

Amazon, for example, is able to sell its own TV streaming products as well as market and promote those products more prominently on its official website. But user trends favor the company’s services. About 80 percent of millennials say they watch or have access to streaming services, so that’s good news for the company.

“Over the past two-and-a-half years, Roku has expanded their product lines, evolved their platform business with smart-TV makers, and continued to build out ...read more

Thursday, September 07, 2017

News, Rumors, and More: Here's Everything We Know about the Apple TV

In keeping with the Washington Post report, Bloomberg believes the tech giant plans to officially announce the new set-top streamer in September, alongside three new iPhone models and a new Apple Watch. The news comes on the heels of a report by Parks Associates, which revealed that Apple held only a 15 percent share in the streaming device market, trailing Roku (at number one), Amazon, and Google, respectively. Since the most recent Apple TV released in 2015, those companies ha ...read more

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Roku's Lead in the Streaming Device Market Keeps Growing

In the first quarter of 2016, one-third of streaming devices owned in U.S. broadband households were manufactured by Roku. That is a pretty substantial chunk, given the big names making up the competition. This year, though, a new consumer research report from Parks Associates indicates that Roku now owns 37 percent of the market share, and until a competitor shakes things up, we do not expect that trend to end.

From the article "Roku's Lead in the Streaming Device Market Ke ...read more

Monday, April 24, 2017

What Would You be Willing to Give Up for a Month to Eliminate All Paper Mail?

Given the novelty and still-early market penetration of voice assistants, the fact that 12.1 percent said they were likely and 3.6 percent checked “very likely” is a surprisingly positive response that correlates closely with another recent study by Parks. A recent Parks Associates report stated that 12 percent of homes with broadband service had smart speakers with voice assistants in the last quarter of 2016.

From the article "What Would You be Willing to Give Up for a Mon ...read more

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cirrent Will Connect Your Smart Home Devices To The Internet Right Out Of The Box

As smart home technology gets smarter, so should the way in which these innovative devices connect to the internet. Enter the San Mateo-based company Cirrent and its newly minted automatic connection service for smart Wi-Fi products. Designed to work with everything from smart televisions to thermostats, Cirrent’s new offering instantly allows these connected devices to securely connect to the internet immediately after being unpackaged and installed. No more fumbling with passw ...read more

Thursday, December 03, 2015

What's going on in the world? You can find out using CNNgo on Roku

For CNN, it makes sense to bring the platform to Roku. A recent survey by Parks Associates found that the company’s devices are the most common non-gaming streaming media players. CNNgo is also currently available to Apple TV users, and has been since launching on the device in March.
CNNgo is available now under “News & Weather” in Roku’s channel store.

From the article "What's going on in the world? You can find out using CNNgo on Roku" by Stephanie Topacio Long.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Study: Apple TV Falls to 4th Place Behind Roku, Google and Amazon

According to details of a new study developed by market research firm Parks Associates, the Apple TV is continuing to struggle in the living room. Now in fourth place behind Roku, Google and Amazon, Apple’s inability to attract new consumers is possibly due to the slow roll out of hardware revisions and the speed which competitors release faster, more feature-laden platforms for streaming media around the home.

Specifically, Roku devices are now being purchased by more than ...read more

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

To make your smart TV safe from spying, manufacturers need to up their game

But perhaps the bigger issue at play here is one of expectation: People don’t expect to worry about the security of their TVs. They know to protect themselves when using devices like phones, tablets, and laptops, but passive devices like TVs don’t raise the same guard.

“A TV is for entertainment, so it shouldn’t become a device you have to manage by learning how to keep it secure and how to keep your personal content personal,” says Barbara Kraus, director of research at Par ...read more

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