ABI: Smart Home Spending to More than Double and Reach $123 Billion by 2022

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Smart home spending will more than double by 2022, according to ABI Research. Spending will grow in value from $56 billion today to $123 billion by 2022, researchers said. This explosive growth, which will put smart home technology “at the heart of consumers’ lives and...Learn More

Report: Amazon Prime Spending Grows, But Membership Growth Slows

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As Amazon’s “Primeday” kicks off today, a research firm’s study released today showed that the 95 million Amazon Prime members in the U.S. spend an average of $1,400 annually. By contrast, the average non-Prime customer spends an average of $600, according to Amazon Prime spending...Learn More

IDC: Video Entertainment & Smart Speakers Dominate the Smart Home, Battle Raging for Smart Assistant Lead

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The smart home device market is more than a quarter larger this year than last, according to a smart home device forecast from IDC. In 2018, 549.5 million devices will ship, a 26.8% increase over last year. The leading categories are smart speakers and video...Learn More

Parks OTT Video Subscription Forecast: 400 Million by 2022

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A new Parks Associates OTT video subscription forecast calls for more 400 million OTT video service subscriptions worldwide by the end of 2022. Many of the estimated 265 million households will subscribe to multiple OTT services in order to have “complete” packages meeting their needs....Learn More

Parks: Streaming Media Player Penetration Hits Nearly 40% in U.S. Broadband Homes

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It’s been a great decade for streaming media players, according to research from Parks Associates. The firm found that streaming media player penetration has risen from 6% among U.S. broadband households in 2010 to almost 40% at the beginning of this year. The research also...Learn More

ACSI: Video Customer Satisfaction Higher for Streaming Services Than Linear TV

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Video streaming services scored a 75 out of 100 for video customer satisfaction in their inaugural appearance on the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s (ACSI) Telecommunications Report, far outdistancing subscription TV’s score of 62. Subscription TV’s score was down 3.1% from last year. “Video streaming services...Learn More

Comcast Advances Efforts to Own the Home; X1 Voice Remote Control Integrated with Tile Object-Finding App

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The latest example of Comcast’s strategy to “own the home” is the company’s announcement today of a partnership with Tile, manufacturer of devices that help find lost objects. The Comcast Tile deal will enable Comcast customers to use their Xfinity X1 voice remote control to...Learn More

Amazon and Best Buy Partner to Sell Fire TVs, Simplifies OTT Solution

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Amazon and Best Buy are teaming up to sell the next generation of Fire TV Edition televisions to U.S. and Canadian customers. Best Buy will start selling ten 4K and HD Fire TV Edition models from Toshiba and Insignia, beginning this summer. Additional models will...Learn More

Report: Consumers Prefer Smartphones Over Smart Speakers for Smart Home Control

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Nearly nine in 10 consumers see the smartphone as the controller for smart home devices, more than double the amount that see digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home serving that purpose, according to a new smart home preferences report from GfK. Unsurprisingly,...Learn More

comScore: Smart Speaker Penetration Rate Hits 20% of Wi-Fi Households

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The smart speaker penetration rate increased by more than 50% or seven percentage points in just four months, according to comScore. At the beginning of December, slightly more than 13% of WiFi homes had smart speakers. That percentage now is at 20%, or 18.7 million...Learn More

Amazon Wants to Bring Alexa to the Boardroom

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) unveiled Alexa for Business last week, a new AWS service that provides business customers with an intelligent assistant. In the press release announcing the service, AWS said that Alexa for Business can help automate tasks including starting conference calls, controlling conference room...Learn More

AT&T LTE-M Button: Ring-Bell-for-Service Goes High Tech

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An AT&T LTE-M Button, announced today, uses sophisticated technology to make things simple. You could think of it a modern-day version of the “ring for service” bells that used to sit on store or dry cleaner counters– except that the entity responding to the alert...Learn More

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