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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

How Roku Morphed From a Quirky Hardware Startup to a TV Streaming Powerhouse

Roku has kept its eye on simplicity ever since that first player while also making products that often are far more affordable than those of its competition. "People underappreciate how important price is," Wood says. "At the end of the day, $10 at retail makes a huge difference." Parks Associates senior research director Brett Sappington agrees that low prices were key to the company's success. "That really helped Roku," he says.

From the article "How Roku Morphed From a Qu ...read more

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Apple (AAPL) and Hollywood Clash Over Pricing of 4K Content

Apple TV was launched in Jan 2007. It is a digital media player and HDMI compliant set top device that needs to be connected to TV to work. Apple TV also gives access to Apple's iTunes content as well as some third party content.

However, with increasing competition in the space, Apple TV has started to lose ground to Roku and Amazon. Per a Verge report, citing a survey by Parks Associates, while Roku's market share, in the first quarter of 2017, jumped from 33% to 37%, Appl ...read more

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How Apple Lost TV

Even with solid growth from Apple TV last year, research firm Parks Associates estimated it to be fourth behind Google, Amazon, and Roku in streaming device sales last year. Of the 42 million streaming devices sold last year, Google's Chromecast was the leader, according to Strategy Analytics, with a 35% market share.

From the article "How Apple Lost TV" by www.nasdaq.com

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) Apple TV Is Back In The Game

A report just released by Parks Associates says that Apple TV sales in the U.S. increased by a whopping 50% in 2015 compared to 2014. That's the largest gain of any of the big players and brought AAPL up to 20%, despite the fact that the new hardware was only available for the final few months of the year. That's within spitting distance of Amazon and Google, which were tied for second place with a 22% share.

This is good timing for an AAPL living room resurgence, especially ...read more

Friday, April 01, 2016

Sprint (S) Offers Access to Amazon Prime for $10.99 a Month

Interestingly, a recent report by Parks Associates has revealed that 68% of smartphone users stream music on a daily basis, while 71% watch short video clips. Meanwhile, roughly 40% of smartphone users stream lengthy video clips like TV shows and movies.

Clearly, with the increasing adoption of larger screened smartphones and LTE-enabled tablets, American consumers are spending more time on mobile platforms for entertainment. 

From the article "Sprint (S) Offers Access t ...read more

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Apple Inc. Losing Ground to Samsung in This Important Market

At the same time, a new research report from market intelligence firm Parks Associates shows that in 2015, Samsung actually began to close the gap with Apple in terms of installed base share in the United States. Indeed, per the report, 31% of smartphone users now have Samsung devices, just 9 percentage points behind Apple at 40%.

From the article "Apple Inc. Losing Ground to Samsung in This Important Market" by Ashraf Eassa.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Here's What Google Inc. Is Likely to Announce on Tuesday

It's been more than two years since Google unveiled its low-cost streaming dongle, the Chromecast, in 2013. The device, which retails for just $35, has proven to be quite popular. Last year, according to Parks Associates, it helped the search giant sell the second-most dedicated streaming devices in the U.S. , with 23% market share (behind only Roku).

The Chromecast is relatively simple. It allows users to beam content from apps to their Chromecast-connected monitors and tel ...read more

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Can Google's Android TV Take on an Updated Apple TV?

Perhaps aware of Chromecast's limitations, Google unveiled Google TV's successor, Android TV, at its I/O conference last year. Compared to Google TV, Android TV is far less complex, with a standard interface composed of rectangles and a simplified remote. Android TV connects to the Google Play app store, uses Google's excellent voice search technology, and supports Xbox-style controllers, including one Google created in partnership with ASUS.

Unfortunately for the search gia ...read more

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