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

Comcast Launches New Interactive Xfinity Store Design Centered On The Customer

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May 21, 2018 — Comcast has been on a journey to transform its customer experience and the stores provide new and existing customers a place to learn how to optimize their Xfinity services and to address any service needs. The first locations of the new...Learn More

Consumers May be Overestimating the Security of Home Security

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Consumers may be overestimating the security of home security. While 64% of American broadband households worry about security and privacy when they use their connected devices, 63% think the signals from their monitored homes are encrypted – though they usually are not, according to a...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

Parks: Smartphone Control Increases Consumer Likelihood of Purchasing Home Security

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Consumer likelihood of purchasing home security increases if customers have physical and contractual control, according to Parks Associates. Almost one in five people who have resisted buying home security systems say they are very likely to take the plunge if the system can be smartphone...Learn More

Fast Growing Adoption of Video Doorbells will Help Smart Home Video Cameras Reach $9.7B in Sales by 2023

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The global market for smart home surveillance cameras will surpass the $9.7 billion mark by 2023, according to a smart home surveillance camera forecast from Strategy Analytics. Growth in the category will be driven by cameras with full software and service feature sets that are...Learn More

Consumer Research on Smart Home Installation: Over 33% Struggle

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More than one-third of U.S. adults have problems setting up or operating connected devices, according to research from iQor, a managed service provider focused on customer support. The survey says that consumers take more than eight steps to resolve technical problems or issues concerning their...Learn More

Comcast Makes a Move on Home Automation, Dramatically Expands IoT Operating System with xFi

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Comcast is providing its entire Xfinity services portfolio with expanded home automation capabilities through its xFi home operating system. More than 15 million subscribers now will have access to the suite of Comcast home automation services. The initiative will provide subscribers with smart home controls...Learn More

Report: Digital Voice Assistants Giving Smartphones a Run for Their Money in Managing the Digital Home

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It’s digital voice assistants vs. smartphones on the home control front, and digital voice assistants (DVAs) are gaining ground, according to a new survey from Accenture. DVAs are replacing smartphones as the device of choice for entertainment and online purchasing for people who own both,...Learn More

T-Mobile Curls Up With Nest for Home Security Bundle

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A T-Mobile home security package featuring Nest home security equipment will soon go on sale, giving T-Mobile a path into the rapidly evolving home security market. T-Mobile joins a host of other communications service providers who now offer some form of home security, including AT&T...Learn More

Altice USA Home Networking Portfolio Now Includes Nest Product Line

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Cable MSO Altice USA will begin marketing Nest connected home products and services across its footprint, which consists of Optimum and Suddenlink operations. The products include Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Thermostat E, Nest Protect smoke and CO alarm and Nest Cams. The Altice USA home...Learn More

Calix EXOS Aims to Build an Operating System for the Smart Home, Business

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Calix unveiled their Experience Operating System (EXOS) at the Calix ConneXions event, taking place in Las Vegas this week. Calix EXOS is an OS for the smart home and business, a managed IoT service of sorts, which they refer to as the “world’s first premises...Learn More

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