Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How OTT Will Innovate In 2018

With many media and content companies jumping on the streaming TV bandwagon, the marketplace is becoming increasingly fragmented, and it’s creating even more competition for high-quality content to keep viewers hooked: Already there are over 200 OTT services in the U.S. market, according to Parks Associates.

From the article "How OTT Will Innovate In 2018" by Jim Wilson.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Women Know What Consumers Want: VCs Need To Wise Up

A whopping 117 million Americans are expected to need assistance with caregiving, according The Caregiving Innovation Frontiers by AARP and Parks Associates. It’s a $42.9 billion market. Yet, perhaps because women are the primary purchasers of these services, venture capitalists are ignoring this market opportunity.

From the article "Women Know What Consumers Want: VCs Need To Wise Up" by Geri Stengel.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Roku To Wall Street: Not Just An Unprofitable Hardware Business

Roku is also up against tremendously deep-pocketed rivals: Apple, Amazon and Google. Both Apple and Amazon released new streaming media devices in September. “We’re fortunate to be the only player with a purpose-built operating system for TV. Our competitors port over phone operating systems,” Louden countered. Roku's operating system is lightweight enough that the company could maintain lower costs on its hardware, according to Louden. Roku currently holds the highest market sh more

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Apple Is Losing Its Cool Factor, And That's A Problem If It Wants To Break Into TV

Apple’s final miss on the cool front has been in the streaming device market, where three recent studies, from Parks Associates, ComScore and eMarketer have Apple TV trailing significantly behind Roku, Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV in terms of market share.

Here again, Apple came into a market where the early competition (Roku) was not only fairly well-designed but had an avid fan base as well. And the product Apple introduced just wasn’t all that. In this case, it was wel more

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Better At Listening, Voice Recognition Will Reshape Your Relationship With Technology

The ability to understand and process language has improved so much that Xuedong Huang, the chief speech scientist at Microsoft, said his company’s system has reached parity with human transcriptionists.

Voice systems have become more accurate because the artificial intelligence behind them has improved, said Brett Sappington, senior research director at Parks Associates, a Dallas research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology.

From the arti more

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

What Should Apple Name Its Next New iPhone?

Pew has also reported that 68% of smartphone owners use their phone to follow along with breaking news events at least occasionally, 67% use their phone for turn-by-turn navigation while driving, and 57% do online banking with them. Parks Associates data shows 68% of U.S.-based smartphone owners listening to music via streaming outlets on a daily basis and 71% watch short video clips. And according to personal media startup Magisto, the average smartphone user takes 150 new phot more

Monday, April 10, 2017

What Marketers Can Learn About Compelling Characters And Engaging Content From WrestleMania

WWE engages its fan base in multiple media with engaging content. According to Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer, “We have five hours of live content on USA Network every single week, 52 weeks a year. No off-season, no re-runs. It's an opportunity to keep our fans engaged and never let them off the hook because our storylines continue all year long. And we now have almost two million subscribers on the WWE Network. It is the fifth largest OTT service in the United States an more

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Why Apple's iPhone Is Too Big To Fail

The number one concern about Apple is how future versions of the iPhone will sell. Will the company be able to add enough features and functionality that current owners will want to upgrade? Will Android users switch? Will feature phone users buy Apple vs. Android? A longer term concern is will another company introduce something that changes the landscape like Apple did to Blackberry that instead of a slow erosion that sales fall quickly. Parks Associates’ recent study of consu more

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