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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Consumer Attitudes on Data Security

Parks Associates measures consumer attitudes toward companies that collect and manage their data and privacy and security concerns are an important barrier to overcome. Over two-thirds of consumers prefer to “keep tight control” over access to their data. A similar portion believe it is impossible to keep data private from the companies from which they purchase goods and services.

From the article "Consumer Attitudes on Data Security" by Brad Russell.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Dish’s third-quarter loss of 129,000 customers includes every single subscriber in Puerto Rico

According to market research firm Parks Associates, Sling ranked as the tenth most popular online-TV services, based on subscribers. Last year, Sling ranked sixth. But the drop isn’t because Sling is shrinking, said Brett Sappington, senior director of research, Parks Associates.

From the article "Dish’s third-quarter loss of 129,000 customers includes every single subscriber in Puerto Rico" by Tamara Chuang.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

After Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, There Are Some Surprises in Top-Ranked Internet Video Services

But below the big three, some new companies are quickly climbing the ranks, according to research by market tracker Parks Associates.

The fourth-largest Internet video service ranked by number of subscribers is Major League Baseball’s MLB.TV, followed by premium cable channel spinoffs HBO Now and Starz. CBS’s (CBS, +0.58%) Showtime’s Internet service ranked eighth and CBS All Access, the home of the latest Star Trek TV series, was ninth.

Rapid growth has been fueled by i more

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Smart home market still small in Europe, but with many players pushing it forward adoption will rise

Other barriers for increasing adoption are concerns about security and privacy. With more reports in mainstream media about smart home devices being hacked, the public awareness of this issue has increased. According to Parks Associates, about half of US broadband households are worried about their connected devices being hacked, and they expect that share to be higher in Europe. F-Secure even said that if security doesn’t become better and more integrated, it could create the r more

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Netflix Leads the Top-10 Subscription OTT Video Services

HBO Now leaped into the top-five for the first time, YouTube Red solidified itself into the top-10 for the first time, and both Showtime and Starz moved up or entered the list compared to 2016.

"While the top three are no surprise, the big story over the past year has been the rapid subscriber growth for OTT video services from HBO, Showtime, and Starz. The combination of recognized brands and popular original content is driving demand for their offerings," said Brett Sappin more

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Cord cutters can now pick from 200 services, but mostly want the top four

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and are winning the cord-cutting wars, but HBO is making a move as viewers choose from a bonanza of niche streaming services.

The top four places are unchanged in a ranking of subscription video services delivered over broadband, according to the OTT Video Market Tracker Top 10, from research firm Parks Associates.

That means new and fledgling streaming video services will have to try harder to build and maintain a subscriber base, says Brett more

Thursday, November 09, 2017

YouTube Red Climbs the List of Top Ten OTT Platforms

In the world of OTT platforms there is no question that in the US the top 3 services are Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. But where does streaming services like HBO, SlingTV, and Starz fall into the mix? Today, Parks Associates, a market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services, has laid that mystery to rest by releasing a list of the top ten OTT platforms according to subscriber number, and the results are a bit more surprisin more

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Smart household devices may be your biggest security blindspot

New research from Parks Associates shows 41 percent of U.S. homes with wifi plan to purchase a smart appliance or other wifi-connected household device in the next 12 months.

The international research firm says the most commonly purchased devices will include smart smoke/CO detectors, thermostats, and lights. These products will join the billions of devices that make up the increasingly popular Internet of Things (IoT).

From the article "Smart household devices may be y more

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