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Thursday, November 15, 2018

When the News Went Live... Online

A decline in local broadcast news viewership has exacerbated the decline in diversity of coverage. Consumers have been replacing local news with news from social media and national outlets.

Recent surveys have confirmed the overall growth of social media news, growth among viewers 50 and older, and social media's place among young viewers. Sixty-seven percent of U.S. adults reported getting some of their news from social media in 2017, up from 62 percent in 2016, Parks Assoc ...read more

Friday, November 09, 2018

HBO Fires Back at Dish in Blackout Tussle

For its part, Univision said it extended an olive branch, but that Dish so far has shown no willingness to back down. That could be a portent of how the HBO negotiations will proceed in the days or weeks to come.

"Dish has a long history of aggressive carriage negotiations with networks," noted Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates.

"It has been unafraid to have blackouts, or to eliminate channels from their packages, if they cannot reach term ...read more

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Despite Emmys, Road Ahead Is Bumpy for Streaming Services

"Broadband providers are more likely to manage traffic for the most popular video streaming sites, such as YouTube and Netflix, because those services account for much of the traffic across their networks," noted Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates.

From the article "Despite Emmys, Road Ahead Is Bumpy for Streaming Services" by Peter Suciu.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Despite Emmys, Road Ahead Is Bumpy for Streaming Services

Throttling connections is simply one of those measures.

"Broadband providers are more likely to manage traffic for the most popular video streaming sites, such as YouTube and Netflix, because those services account for much of the traffic across their networks," noted Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates.

From the article "Despite Emmys, Road Ahead Is Bumpy for Streaming Services" by Peter Suciu.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Who's Your Buddy? The Evolution of OTT Video Partnerships

Due to the increased competition and number of partnerships, OTT video service penetration will increase by more than 85 million households from 2017 through 2022, Parks Associates has estimated, and volume of subscriptions will increase by more than 140 million.

From the article "Who's Your Buddy? The Evolution of OTT Video Partnerships" by Brett Sappington.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The IoT's Perplexing Security Problems

"IoT security is highly fragmented and many devices are vulnerable," observed Kristen Hanich, research analyst at Parks Associates.

"There are a large number of devices out there with known weaknesses that can easily be exploited by commonly available attacks," she told the E-Commerce Times.

Most of these devices won't receive protective updates, Hanich said, and "as most IoT devices are put in place for years or even decades, this will lead to hundreds of millions of vu ...read more

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The VR Experience: Challenges for a Growing Market

The various VR technology approaches present unique user experience issues that current-generation VR headsets have yet to solve.

Feedback on the user experience from those who own or have tried VR headsets has been mixed, based on Parks Associates data. While the majority of survey respondents said they would like to be able to experience VR in their own homes, more than half also reported that they did not think the experience would be worth the extra expense of buying a h ...read more

Friday, January 12, 2018

Top 5 Data-Driven Mobile Services for a Competitive Edge

The most commonly used type of mobile application is social media, according to Parks Associates' data.

More than 80 percent of U.S. smartphone owners under the age of 25 use social media and chat apps such as Facebook and Snapchat on their phones, the firm's research suggests.

Providers in emerging markets have been using social media to drive mobile data adoption and, in some cases, bring people online for the first time. In more mature markets, MSPs have used zero-rat ...read more

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