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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Password Sharing: Charter, ESPN, Viacom Lead Crackdown On Giving Friends, Family Passwords

According to an analysis produced by Parks Associates, about one-third of internet users stream cable TV by using the login credentials of someone they don’t live with. The firm estimated that password sharing would cost the cable industry $3.5 billion this year and as much as $9.9 billion by 2021.

While cable companies and networks that rely on subscribers to generate revenue, streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube have accepted password sharing as a simple matt ...read more

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Cable Companies Join Netflix As Users Switch To Streaming Services

According to a report released July, Parks Associates found that 59 percent of U.S. broadband households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu.

Netflix’s deals with pay TV companies helped it surpass expectations in the U.S. market, Cowen & Co analyst John Blackledge told Reuters.

"U.S. consumers are not taking solely a Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu subscription. Many are shopping around and trialing new services to get access to interesting content unavailable through the bi ...read more

Friday, February 12, 2016

Apple Retains Position As Top Smartphone Maker In America In 2015: Report

"Apple remains the dominant smartphone manufacturer in the U.S., but Samsung is catching up," said Harry Wang -- Director of Health & Mobile Product Research at Parks Associates -- in a press statement.

Apple's arch rival Samsung has nabbed the second position with 31 percent market share, while another South Korean phone maker LG came third with 10 percent, followed by Motorola, HTC and others.

Parks Associates, citing "360 View: Mobility & the App Economy" report, stat ...read more

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

How CES Got Its Nerd Back: Drones, Virtual Reality And Tinkerers Putting Sensors In Everything

CES got its nerd back. And that means it's the startups and tinkerers putting sensors in everything that are bringing the wonder back to the show.

“I think disruption across industries in tech has allowed smaller companies to play significant roles in the evolution of the industry,” said Brett Sappington, an analyst for Parks Associates, who has attended the annual CES for each of the past 20 years.

From the article "How CES Got Its Nerd Back: Drones, Virtual Reality And ...read more

Monday, October 19, 2015

'Star Wars' Trailer, 'Monday Night Football' Combine For Boon To Disney, ESPN

ESPN has a strong foothold in live sports by owning rights to numerous very expensive sporting events and leagues, including "Monday Night Football," with the NFL and the network agreeing in 2011 to a $15.2 billion contract that runs through 2021. "Monday Night Football" has regularly led all Monday shows in ratings for 2015, but the "Star Wars" trailer for the seventh film in the anthology will almost certainly boost the figures for the matchup between the Eagles and the Giants ...read more

Friday, October 02, 2015

Amazon to stop selling Apple TV and Google's Chromecast on its marketplace

According to an August report by research firm Parks Associates, 86% of all media-streaming products sold to US households with broadband in 2014 consisted of Amazon, Apple, Google and Roku's devices and it is estimated that around 86 million media-streaming devices will be sold globally in 2019. "This has the potential to hurt Amazon as much as it does Apple and Google. As a retailer, I want to give people a reason to come to me. When I take out best-selling brands, I take away ...read more

Thursday, January 22, 2015

HBO's Web Offering Could Shave 7 Percent Off Pay TV's User Base: Study

HBO's Web-only service could eradicate 7 percent of the pay-TV user base when it debuts this spring, according to a survey released Thursday by the research firm Parks Associates. About half the people interested in the service, which will allow users to subscribe to HBO directly, say they will discontinue their paid TV subscriptions once it becomes available.

“HBO picked a good time to announce its standalone HBO Go service in the U.S,” Parks Associates research analyst Gle ...read more

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Google Chromecast Supplants Apple TV As Second Most Popular Streaming Media Device

Roku is once again the top seller of media streaming devices in the U.S., but Google Chromecast is quickly catching up. The dongle slid past Apple TV into the No. 2 spot for sales in 2014, a report this week said.

As sales of Chromecast rise, Roku and Apple TV have both seen their share of the market fall through the first three quarters of the year, according to Parks Associates, a market research firm. Roku's market share stands at 29 percent, down from 46 percent last yea ...read more

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