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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Google continues to ignore the Chromecast, the best product it ever made

The numbers also suggest customers, at least in the United States, have begun to pick Roku and Amazon over Google. A study by Parks Associates found that the Chromecast now makes up only 11% of the media streaming device market — a worrying drop from 21% three years ago. Meanwhile, Roku and Amazon have witnessed dramatic growth and represent 39% and 30% of the total share respectively.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Alexa, how’s the smart home revolution doing? As it turns out, just fine

More than a third of broadband-equipped households now own at least one remotely monitored internet-connected device, with smart speakers outpacing the next most popular categories — thermostats and networked cameras — by a margin of more than three to one, analysts at Parks Associates report.

Parks Associates, a research firm that is focused on consumer trends in connected devices and services, bases its findings on quarterly surveys of 10,000 consumers. The company announc more

Thursday, January 03, 2019

What do people who don’t have smart home products want from them? Savings

Smart home devices are basically everywhere now, but some people are still holding out on inviting internet-connected appliances into their home. So what would finally get them to adopt the Internet of Things? Well, saving some money would help. That’s the primary area of interest for households that don’t currently have a smart home device, according to a recent survey conducted by Parks Associates.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

One in 10 smart home device owners report unresolved technical problems

Smart home devices are supposed to make our lives easier, but if they suddenly stop working without warning, they can end up doing just the opposite. According to new research, more than one in 10 people have reported incidents of their internet-connected devices failing prey to technical issues that go unresolved.

Parks Associates surveyed consumers of smart home devices to find out more about how people interact with them. What they discovered was that 12 percent of smart more

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 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 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.

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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.

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