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

DISH Delivers Hands-Free TV with the Google Assistant

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July 9, 2018 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo., July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — DISH today debuted its new integration with the Google Assistant for a Hands-Free TVTM entertainment experience. DISH customers with a Hopper, Hopper Duo, Joey or Wally can control their TV using just their voice when paired with an Assistant...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

CenturyLink Helps Connect Customers to Google Cloud Globally

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MONROE, La., June 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced support for Google Cloud Partner Interconnect, a service from Google Cloud that allows customers to connect to Google Cloud Platform from anywhere. With Partner Interconnect, customers can now choose CenturyLink Cloud Connect Solutions to provide connectivity from their...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

Google Cloud Platform Joins AT&T NetBond for Cloud Ecosystem, G Suite Now a Part of AT&T Collaborate

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AT&T and Google are partnering on an expansive cloud networking and productivity services platform for business customers. Google Cloud Platform will join the AT&T NetBond for Cloud ecosystem. The Google Cloud Platform AT&T NetBond for Cloud deal will enable businesses to use AT&T NetBond for...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

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

Report: App Download Growth Leads to Best Quarter on Record, 27.5 Billion Apps Downloaded

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The “app economy” had its best quarter ever in both consumer spending and downloads in 1Q 2018, according to App Annie, a provider of app market data. Researchers measured app download growth at more than 10% year over year. Combined global downloads for iOS and...Learn More

Google Brings Wi-Fi to the School Bus, Creating Rolling Rural Study Halls

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Google is bringing Wi-Fi to school busses in rural areas where students have long commutes and may lack internet connectivity at home. The company initially tried what it calls the “rolling study hall” concept in two school districts with strong results and is now expanding...Learn More

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