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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Alexa, how’s the smart home revolution doing? As it turns out, just fine

More than a third of broadband-equipped households now own at least one remotely monitored internet-connected device, with smart speakers outpacing the next most popular categories — thermostats and networked cameras — by a margin of more than three to one, analysts at Parks Associates report.

Parks Associates, a research firm that is focused on consumer trends in connected devices and services, bases its findings on quarterly surveys of 10,000 consumers. The company announc ...read more

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Oculus Quest Standalone VR Headset Launches

A tech reviewer from the Verge reported that Oculus’ Insight system “genuinely seems to work,” noting previous bad experience with similar “inside-out” headset tracking on other devices.
It is yet to be seen if the latest VR headset will spark interest in more consumers. In April, research from Parks Associates showed that only 8 percent of U.S. broadband households own a VR headset, while 25 percent were familiar with VR headsets.

From the article "Oculus Quest Standalone ...read more

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

CBS sees consumers taking as many as 10 OTT video subscriptions

If DeBevoise’s 10 OTT service prediction comes true, and Parks Associates’ latest top 10 U.S. OTT video service rankings hold up, then All Access and Showtime OTT have a good shot at making the cut as adoption of OTT services expand. Parks ranked Showtime and CBS All Access at seven and eight, respectively, behind Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Now, Starz and MLB.TV.

From the article "CBS sees consumers taking as many as 10 OTT video subscriptions " by Ben Munson.

Monday, May 20, 2019

What is Wi-Fi 6 and why you're going to want it

I have, let me see, seven Wi-Fi enabled devices currently running in my home office. That includes a tablet, a smartphone, five laptops, and a Roku streaming the last episode of Game of Thrones. That's about par. According to Parks Associates, the average home in 2017 had nine Wi-Fi equipped devices. Offices have far more. That means distributing the internet to so much gear has become a real problem. That's where Wi-Fi 6 comes in. 

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Monday, May 20, 2019

The Fresh Faces Of Streaming: How Will Existing Services Fare As Big-Budget Competitors Enter The Fray?

As of this writing, there are 235 over-the-top [OTT] video services available in the U.S., according to market tracker Parks Associates. And even though customers are increasingly doing away with their traditional pay-TV bundles, the question for all of the new entrants is whether they will bring must-have offerings to the crowded marketplace. Studies have shown that three services tend to be the limit in most households—how will the new breed replace one of the current must-hav ...read more

Monday, May 20, 2019

'Game of Thrones' is gone, and so are some HBO subscribers

“I think churn is a big challenge for an industry that was essentially designed to allow it, where viewers can switch easily between services and there’s very little barriers to entry,” said Brett Sappington, senior research director at the Dallas-based market research firm Parks Associates.

“What we’re seeing is that these companies are experiencing the other side of the sword,” Sappington added. “You’ve acquired all these users, but how do you retain them?”

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Monday, May 20, 2019

What is Wi-Fi 6 and why you're going to want it

I have, let me see, seven Wi-Fi enabled devices currently running in my home office. That includes a tablet, a smartphone, five laptops, and a Roku streaming the last episode of Game of Thrones. That's about par. According to Parks Associates, the average home in 2017 had nine Wi-Fi equipped devices. Offices have far more. That means distributing the internet to so much gear has become a real problem. That's where Wi-Fi 6 comes in. 

From the article "What is Wi-Fi 6 and why ...read more

Friday, May 17, 2019

Why is privacy-minded Apple putting its new TV app on smart TVs notorious for spying on users?

That's not just conjecture. A report by Parks Associates stated that almost half of smart TV owners also used a streaming media player, and that they used their media player much more frequently than their TV's built-in services. And it specifically stated that consumers rated Apple TV highly in setup, usability, gaming, and for purchasing content. 

From the article "Why is privacy-minded Apple putting its new TV app on smart TVs notorious for spying on users?" by Daniel Era ...read more

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