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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

On Hunt for Content, AT&T Closes Deal for Chernin’s Otter Media

With the purchase, Otter Media ranks as one of the most valuable media upstarts of the last decade, said Brett Sappington, senior director of research at Parks Associates, a firm that focuses on emerging consumer technology. Others include Twitch, which streams video game sessions and was sold to Amazon for $970 million in 2014.

From the article "On Hunt for Content, AT&T Closes Deal for Chernin’s Otter Media" by Brooks Barnes.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Instant View-Federal Judge OKs AT&T Takeover of Time Warner

BRETT SAPPINGTON, DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT RESEARCH DIRECTOR, PARKS ASSOCIATES, DALLAS:

"If you're AT&T, who do you want to include in your own skinny bundle? The channels you own. This means if you're a small content network, you have less negotiating power, because the bundler owns its own content."

Sappington added that without conditions, AT&T doesn't have to guarantee anything other than its promise that it will play nice with other distributors and content providers.

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

To Invade Homes, Tech Is Trying to Get in Your Kitchen

Yet the so-called smart kitchen remains a tough sell. With the kitchen often a hub for families and friends, habits there can be hard to change. And many people see the kitchen and mealtimes as a haven from their otherwise always-connected lifestyle. Only 5 percent of American households own smart appliances today, up from 3 percent in 2014, according to the research firm Parks Associates.

From the article "To Invade Homes, Tech Is Trying to Get in Your Kitchen" by Brian X. ...read more

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Apple’s HomePod Has Arrived. Don’t Rush to Buy It.

Apple also provided statistics on smart speaker usage from the research firm Parks Associates. That report also found that playing music and getting the weather were the top uses of smart speakers, while roughly 20 percent of people enjoyed using them for tasks like accessing a calendar and searching for recipes.

From the article "Apple’s HomePod Has Arrived. Don’t Rush to Buy It." by Brian X. Chen.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

As ‘Game of Thrones’ Returns, Is Sharing Your HBO Password O.K.?

The effect on the companies’ bottom lines remains unclear, but a study by Parks Associates, a research group, found that sharing cost the streaming video industry $500 million in 2015.

One reason the companies appear hesitant to police the passwords harder: Freeloaders could become the next customers.

From the article "As ‘Game of Thrones’ Returns, Is Sharing Your HBO Password O.K.?" by Daniel Victor.

Monday, February 08, 2016

TV Producers May Start Making You Wait For New Shows Online

The changes are especially noticeable at Hulu, which is owned by parents of the very television networks — Fox, ABC and NBC — threatened by changes in the way we watch TV. Hulu has set itself apart by offering new TV episodes faster than its rivals; making viewers wait longer could limit its appeal.

"Hulu's DNA has been recent episodes of TV shows," said Glenn Hower, an analyst at the research firm Parks Associates.

From the article "TV Producers May Start Making You Wai ...read more

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Homes Try to Reach Smart Switch

Regardless of the motivation — coolness, environmental concerns or pocketbook savings — sales of energy-related smart home products are rising rapidly. According to the research firm Parks Associates, 10 million smart thermostats, plugs, power strips and lights were sold last year, valued at $850 million. By 2017, Parks predicts, that market will nearly double to 19 million products worth $1.6 billion.

From the article "Homes Try to Reach Smart Switch" by Steve Lohr.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Quirky to Create a Smart-Home Products Company

Quirky stands to benefit substantially from the smart-home market, especially if Wink can accelerate the growth of the business.

Demand is picking up. Sales in eight major categories of networked home products — led by lights, thermostats and video cameras — are expected to reach 25 million units and $3.5 billion by 2018, up from 11 million units and $1.4 billion last year, according to Parks Associates, a research firm.

And Google’s purchase of Nest for $3.2 billion thi ...read more

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