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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Speed bumps on the way to smart cities

Data security concerns are still the top hurdle to the adoption of initiatives involving connected devices, including smart-city deployments, per 451 Research.

According to research released this week by Parks Associates, 63% of the general public are concerned about cybersecurity, and 71% of people with smart devices are concerned about cybersecurity.

Skepticism over how companies working with city governments are using citizen data can slow down the process of getting ...read more

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Netflix Challengers: Are There Flies in the Ointment?

Parks Associates estimates that over the past five years, the number of SVOD services has more than doubled, to 271. And projections are that subscription streaming will grow at a faster clip than any other segment of home entertainment — almost as fast, one observer noted wryly, as traditional cable loses subscribers.

From the article "Netflix Challengers: Are There Flies in the Ointment?" by Thomas K. Arnold.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Netflix, HBO and Cable Giants Are Coming for Password Cheats

The pay-TV industry is projected to lose $6.6 billion in revenue from password sharing and piracy this year, according to Parks Associates. By 2024, the number could grow to $9 billion, the research firm said.

From the article "Netflix, HBO and Cable Giants Are Coming for Password Cheats by Gerry Smith.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Where Do Niche Streamers Fit in a Sea of Services?

To help spur early growth, niche services are using the targeting capabilities of tech giants like Amazon, Roku and Apple to drive new subscriptions (in exchange for a cut of revenue). AMC Networks is among the companies that make their services available through these intermediaries.

“This scenario is exactly why we are seeing increasing interest in aggregation services like Amazon Channels, Roku Channel, even Apple channels now,” says Brett Sappington, senior research dire ...read more

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Disney+ Still Lacks an Amazon Fire TV App a Week Away from Launch

But with Fire TV and Roku somewhat bilaterally controlling 70% of the U.S. OTT player market, according to a Parks Associates report released in July, omission on the latter would seem counterintuitive to the aggressive growth predictions being made for Disney+.

From the article "Disney+ Still Lacks an Amazon Fire TV App a Week Away from Launch" by Daniel Frankel.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Powerful Women in Consumer Technology 2019: Elizabeth Parks

What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?

I love working with people long term in an environment where hard work breeds success, customer service stands out, and where I can feel the impact of our team’s efforts. I am proud of the events we have successfully hosted, especially our CONNECTIONS Conference, which is in its 24th year in 2020. Being noted as a reliable and trusted resource for data and analysis for companies ranging from SMBs to Fortune 100 compa ...read more

Friday, November 01, 2019

Walmart seeks to unload Vudu: report

Brett Sappington, senior research director and principal analyst at Parks Associates, added that the transactional market for video, Vudu’s core business, has begun eroding as movie studios no longer hold titles away from streaming rights after theatrical release. “Services are starting to buy up the rights for that early window—essentially making it go direct from the theater to streaming,” he said.

But while Walmart’s potential interest in unloading Vudu might be clear, th ...read more

Friday, November 01, 2019

How Many Streaming Video Choices Are Too Many With Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney — And More?

Consumers who dreamed of the a-la-carte TV future might soon wish for a return to the good old days when cable and other pay-TV services packaged channels of programming for them.

"We're about to test the consumer limit on streaming video services," said Brett Sappington, senior research director and principal analyst at Parks Associates. "The number of services per household continues to go up. We've been watching the number of households that gets three or more services an ...read more

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