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Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Stat Firm Reports Less Than 1% of Subscribers Playing Netflix Games

“Netflix should continue to be vigilant and observant of consumer response as it builds out its still-nascent games portfolio, but I don’t believe it should be overly concerned,” said Parks Associates, a market research and consulting company specializing in consumer technology products, in Addison, Texas.

“Netflix is a company known for streaming video entertainment, not gaming,” Parks observed.
 

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Study Finds Sports Is King Among Livestreamers

Events that are streamed live on the net are growing in popularity among internet households, especially live sports, according to a study released by Parks Associates.

The report, “Livestreaming: The Next Hot Video Market,” indicates that more than 40% of U.S. internet households have streamed content over the past three months. More than three out of five households (61%) were watching a streaming sports event.

The study also found that consumers who livestream spend a ...read more

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Nvidia's New Shield TV Models Add Dolby Vision, Atmos

Nevertheless, it might not help Nvidia expand the reach of its Shield TV products. For most consumers, Dolby support may be just "nice to have."

"Dolby sound is certainly a selling point to audiophiles," acknowledged Kristen Hanich, senior analyst at Parks Assocates, a Dallas, Texas-based market research and consulting company specializing in consumer technology products.

"However, not a lot of consumers own home theater systems nowadays, and Parks Associates consumer su ...read more

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Streaming Is the New Cable

"NBC has announced its own service that will launch in 2020, and CBS' success is part of the motivation," said Brett Sappington, senior research director at Parks Associates.
"NBC also wants to gain a foothold in the OTT space rather than being left out," he told TechNewsWorld. 

From the article "Streaming Is the New Cable" by Peter Suciu.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Sonos Launches Rent-a-Speaker Pilot Program

Sonos' Flex program addresses one of the biggest barriers to consumers shopping in the connected market, noted Chris O'Dell, research analyst at Parks Associates, an Addison, Texas-based market research and consulting company specializing in consumer technology products.

"Our research shows that upfront costs are a leading barrier to adoption of connected products, as nearly half of smart home device non-owners and non-intenders cite affordability as a reason for not buying ...read more

Friday, September 20, 2019

Fitness: The Sweet Spot for Smartwatches

In fact, 76 percent of respondents to a recent Parks Associates survey used their smartwatch to track steps. Sixty percent used them as a heart rate monitor, and 53 percent to track calories. Overall, 41 percent of smartwatch owners reported that the most commonly used apps were to track calories or to monitor weight loss goals.

From the article "Fitness: The Sweet Spot for Smartwatches" by Peter Suciu.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Google's Super-Sized Nest Hub Draws Mixed Reviews

Google has included a hardware switch on the unit that shuts off both the camera and microphone.
"The ability to shut off both the camera and the microphone will appeal to those who have privacy concerns regarding these devices," said Dina Abdelrazik, research analyst at Dallas-based Parks Associates, a market research and consulting company specializing in consumer technology products.

"Privacy concerns with always-on listening devices is a key barrier to adoption of voic ...read more

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Future of Entertainment Services Authentication

A leading area of innovation is in adaptive authentication. This technology determines the level of authentication needed for a given interaction with a service. So, each interaction comes with a specified level of authentication that best fits the level of the transaction, balancing effective security with degree of inconvenience for users.

With adaptive authentication, each interaction with a device and service is effectively graded for its normalcy, based on prior user be ...read more

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