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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Comcast hoping ‘skinny bundle’ ?will turn cord cutters into subscribers

The service comes as Comcast and other cable TV operators are facing cord cutters – or those who don’t subscribe to traditional cable TV bundles – and who seek fewer TV channels at lower prices.

HBO and CBS have launched streaming services outside the pay TV packages to sell to consumers unhappy with traditional pay TV bundles.

Netflix and Hulu also now sell their streamed entertainment to millions of subscribers.

The research firm Parks Associates, moreover, recentl ...read more

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Doctors doing face-to-face house calls – over the Internet

Some believe that telemedicine will explode in upcoming years. Dallas-based Parks Associates, a company that researches technology trends, predicts that doctor-patient video consultations will nearly triple in one year, from 5.7 million this year to more than 16 million in 2015.

Harry Wang, director of mobile and health product research for Parks Associates, wrote in an email response that it’s not only the convenience that will increase usage, but employers encouraging work ...read more

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Headphones making a statement

A ranking released Monday by Dallas-based Parks Associates listed headphones as the No. 6 consumer electronics item, right behind video game consoles. And among consumer electronics accessories, headphones ranked as the most desired item.

Parks’ research shows that about 21 percent of U.S. households with Internet access intend to buy headphones or earbuds this holiday season. That ranks headphones above a mouse, keyboard, motion controller and networked security camera, Par ...read more

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