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Thursday, March 30, 2017

The future of mobile payments – are there too many options that are confusing consumers and merchants?

“Merchants are still slowly upgrading their retail point of sale (POS) systems to support various mobile payment options while new payment options keep showing up. No merchants have provided a complete list of payment solutions that their POS terminals support, neither do payment solution providers offer a complete and up-to-date list of merchants accepting their respective solutions. Consumers have to second-guess which payment option they could use. In a situation like this, a ...read more

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sweat Equity: How Companies Can Win In The Age Of Connected Fitness

Most people hate exercise. Yet the connected fitness marketplace is worth billions. And it’s growing. According to market intelligence research firm Parks Associates, “Global revenues from connected fitness trackers will increase from over two billion in 2014 to almost five and a half billion by 2019.”

From the article "Sweat Equity: How Companies Can Win In The Age Of Connected Fitness" by Ben Reubenstein.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sharing a Netflix password is still piracy – but everyone does it

The answer is actually no, but that doesn’t mean it’s not prevalent. According to a study done by Parks Associates earlier this year, 57 percent of U.S. households access an over-the-top video account — meaning streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, or HBO Go — but 11 percent of Netflix subscribers, 10 percent of Hulu Plus subscribers and 5 percent of Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers are using an account paid for by someone else.

Unsurprisingly, young adults between 18 ...read more

Monday, May 25, 2015

Why the DIY smart home revolution won’t work

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is seemingly everywhere – from home improvement to healthcare. The DIY Network is an entire television channel devoted to projects you can do yourself. When a simple search can find pages of Pinterest projects for every room in your house and day of the year, the allure and growth of DIY feels endless.

As DIY-thinking has been injecting itself into industry after industry, we’ve also witnessed the rise of smart devices and the connected home. According t ...read more

Sunday, August 17, 2014

What Aereo should do to stay alive and innovate the TV industry

Parks Associates, the International Market Research firm recently released a report showing that “over 45 percent of US pay-TV subscribers find cloud DVR technology very appealing.” The research also pointed out that the Aereo case “left licensing for cloud DVR rights largely unaffected,” essentially paving the way for innovation to happen.

Glenn Hower, the lead research analyst on the report tells The Next Web that they launched this research after “talking with technology ...read more

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Japan’s DoCoMo hits 10 million LTE subscribers, doubling its numbers in 6 months

There’s little doubt that Japan, the US and Korea — where SK Telecom has 7.5 million LTE users — are three of the world’s most developed 4G markets, even if confirmed figures are difficult to come by.

Last year, Strategy Analytics estimated that 2012 would see 50 million global LTE subscriptions. That figure was also cited by a report from Dallas' Parks Associates which crunched the data in July. ABI Research had earlier predicted that worldwide shipments of 4G-compatible sm ...read more

Monday, August 20, 2012

LTE gathers pace in Japan as DoCoMo’s Xi service hits 5m users, adding 1m in 4 weeks

A report estimated that the worldwide shipments of 4G smartphones and tablets would reach 61 million units this year, while data from Parks Associates predicts that there will be 50 million LTE device subscriptions active.

Asia is very much a driving force at this stage, and both reports emphasise that the continent — and Japan and Korea in particular — is a key market for early LTE subscriber growth and sales.

From the article, "LTE gathers pace in Japan as DoCoMo’s Xi ...read more

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

LG accelerates past 5m LTE device sales after selling 1m in July alone

A report estimated that the worldwide shipments of 4G smartphones and tablets would 61 million this year, while data from Parks Associates predicts that LTE device subscriptions will reach 50 million during that period.

Asia is very much a driving force at this stage, and both reports emphasise that the continent — and Japan and Korea in particular — is a key market for early LTE subscriber growth and sales.

From the article, "LG accelerates past 5m LTE device sales afte ...read more

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