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Friday, July 20, 2018

Comcast is totally okay with you not having an Xfinity set-top box

“Pay-TV providers want to retain subscribers, so they want to make sure that you stay inside their ecosystem,” says Brett Sappington, a media analyst at Parks Associates. “If you don’t have a reason to leave their platform—and there’s data to support this—you’re much more likely to stay with that provider. You don’t have to change inputs or change apps on your TV. It’s all just right there.”

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Amazon’s new smart speaker is a TV streaming box, and vice versa

The Fire TV Cube will be an interesting test for full-blown streaming boxes, which have fallen out of favor as most consumers opt for cheaper streaming dongles that can fit behind a television. Last year, Parks Associates found that Amazon’s $40 Fire TV Stick made up 81% of all Fire TV devices owned in U.S. broadband homes. The NPD Group found that Roku’s average selling price was less than $50, suggesting that most customers also opt for the company’s cheaper streaming sticks. ...read more

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sling TV has a secret weapon to win over cord-cutters–the humble TV antenna

Mitch Weinraub, AirTV’s director of product development, says a majority of Sling TV’s 2.2 million subscribers already use an antenna somewhere in their homes, and a recent Parks Associates study found that 20% of U.S. broadband homes used an antenna for TV last year. As more people supplement their streaming video services with free broadcast TV, AirTV could be Dish’s secret weapon. (Both AirTV and Sling TV are subsidiaries of Dish Network, which is trying to win over cord-cutt ...read more

Saturday, September 09, 2017

For Apple TV, The Price Is The Problem

In late 2014, Amazon launched the Fire TV Stick for $40. Compared to the $100 Fire TV box that launched earlier that year, the Stick had significant performance hiccups, and the first version of its remote control didn’t support voice commands.

But again, consumers didn’t mind. Within a year, Amazon’s stick was outselling its box 3 to 1, according to Parks Associates. A spokeswoman for Parks says the Fire TV Stick now makes up 81% of all Amazon Fire TV devices owned in U.S. ...read more

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Eero’s New Wi-Fi Routers Are Step One In Its Plan To Become A Smart-Home Giant

The early support for Thread may even hint at where Eero is going next. Tom Kerber, an analyst for Parks Associates, notes that one of the main features of Thread is that it’s decentralized. Instead of sending all communications through a single hub, Thread enables a scenario where any device can make decisions and perform computing on behalf of other devices on the network.

“When you talk to the silicon vendors, their long-term view of the connected home, and how it operate ...read more

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Watch Out “Trump TV”—Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze Is Coming To Sling TV

The deal is a coup for Beck, whose network has struggled to find carriage with some traditional cable systems. Sling, which launched in early 2015, has emerged as one of the most popular services for "over-the-top" TV. A recent research report from Parks Associates put Sling at No. 6 among the top 10 streaming-TV services. Dish doesn't disclose how many people use Sling, but Parks analyst Brett Sappington estimated last month that the service has surpassed 1 million subscribers. ...read more

Friday, March 18, 2016

Why The Internet Of Things Might Never Speak A Common Language

For device makers, the sheer number of languages on offer poses a dilemma: Which ones do you support when building a new product?

"You may not have the resources to do everything, and you may not have the capacity, the bandwidth, the processing power to do everything in an individual product, so you have to make selections," says Tom Kerber, an analyst with Parks Associates. "Limiting those choices to the critical few is important."

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Samsung's $100 Million Internet Of Things Bet Is Even Crazier Than You Think

Samsung has thrown its weight behind an effort called Thread, which also has the backing of Nest, processor designer ARM, and a few other industry players. As Parks Associates analyst Tom Kerber explains, Thread works by assigning every device its own IP address, and brings numerous benefits including end-to-end encryption and low power consumption. "If you think about longer-term, it's very likely that a lot of the intelligence is going to be in the end devices rather than in a ...read more

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