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Thursday, March 26, 2020

TV antenna use surges amid coronavirus outbreak

That’s according to Parks Associates, which said that 25% of U.S. broadband households use an antenna to watch local broadcast TV channels, up from 15% in 2018. The firm said those figures could increase as more people look to local broadcast news sources for updates about the coronavirus.

"Local news matters to most households—local broadcast channels are the most preferred channel types, and news is the most preferred broadcast content," said Steve Nason, director of resea ...read more

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Survey Find Home Builders Embracing Whole-Home Networks as Standard Offering in MDUs

A recent survey from Parks Associates finds builders are starting to provide smart home-ready networking infrastructure in new developments as a standard offering.

From the article, "Survey Find Home Builders Embracing Whole-Home Networks as Standard Offering in MDUs".

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Google's Next Chromecast Could Look More Like a Roku Box

Things have changed. Parks Associates analysis in 2014 found that Chromecast had replaced Apple TV in second place behind Roku. Its market share was 20%. In 2019, though, Parks Associates found that only 11% of all streaming players installed in the United States are Chromecast devices. Meanwhile, Roku has maintained its status as an industry leader, and Fire TV has surged to a 30% market share.

From the article " Google's Next Chromecast Could Look More Like a Roku Box" by ...read more

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Light Reading preps online event on streaming video

The 90-minute session will consist of a research presentation, fireside chat and panel discussion. So far, the speaking roster includes: Steve Nason, director of research at Parks Associates; Mitchell Weinraub, director of product management at Dish Network's Sling TV/AirTV operations; Jim DeChant, VP of technology at News-Press & Gazette Broadcasting; and Rob Holmes, VP of programming at Roku. More speakers are expected to join as well.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

35% Of Large Builders Adding Smart Tech To New Homes: Study

“All builders report smart home technology is highly popular with consumers, and connected products are rapidly replacing non-connected models as standard in the home,” stated Brad Russell, research director, connected home, Parks Associates. “New consumer experiences, such as the current impact of COVID-19 on working at home, will increase the value proposition of smart home tech among consumers.”

The majority of large-scale home builders offer smart home technology to incr ...read more

Monday, March 16, 2020

Parks Associates: 60% of New Security Systems Are Self-Installed

Data from Parks Associates’ recent DIY security research suggests a sharp rise in self-installed security systems in the last few years.

From the article "Parks Associates: 60% of New Security Systems Are Self-Installed".


 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Google developing next-gen Chromecast streamer

Turning the new Chromecast into a fully fledged Android TV device could also be an important retail addition as Google attempts to cut into the streaming platform lead of Roku (36.9 million active accounts at the end of 2019) and Amazon's Fire TV (about 40 million active users). According to a Parks Associates study from the fall of 2019, Chromecast made up just 11% of the US media streaming device market, down from 21% three years earlier.

From the article "Google developin ...read more

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Smart Products Bring Business Opportunities to Insurers, Manufacturers

Smart products offer home insurance providers new ways to create operational efficiencies, introduce new services, and increase their value propositions for protecting the home, according to Parks Associates, the research firm.

From the article "Smart Products Bring Business Opportunities to Insurers, Manufacturers".

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