The Rise of the Personal Cloud

The main driver for cloud-based services today is data safekeeping, but as content libraries grow, so will demand, both explicit and implicit, for solutions to organize, manage, and retrieve data, files, and media. Additionally, allowing consumers easier ways to share content with friends and family as well as across multiple devices can be differentiating factors …

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The Personal Cloud

The main driver for cloud-based services today is data safekeeping, but as content libraries grow, so will demand, both explicit and implicit, for solutions to organize, manage, and retrieve data, files, and media. Additionally, allowing consumers easier ways to share content with friends and family as well as across multiple devices can be differentiating factors …

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The Data-driven Video Discovery Evolution

The Explosion of Video Options For about 70 years, the television was the “entertainment hearth.” Although the distribution and consumption of TV changed—first with the addition of multichannel video offerings from cable, satellite, and telco/IPTV providers and most recently with the introduction of features such as video-on-demand—content for the TV stayed within well-defined categories. Television …

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Service Providers and the Connected Home

The Challenge before DSPs Digital Service Providers (DSPs) – including broadband, television, communications, and wireless service providers – must assume an expanded role in the digital home. They are facing competitive threats from both fellow DSPs and alternatives to the services they have provided for decades (voice, video, data services, communications, etc.). From Vonage to …

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What

“Cloud” is such a buzz phrase today that it’s easy to be overwhelmed by what’s really happening on the consumer side. Parks Associates specifies the following requirements for a product or solution to fit in the “personal cloud” category: For hardware, appliance, and online solutions, the ability to upload all desired content to remote storage, …

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Google TV – Searching for Success

For over a year now, Parks Associates has been categorizing all of the different solutions that are specially designed to bring Web content and applications to a “connected TV.” We put the term in quotes in this context because there will be different ways to experience connectivity between the Internet and the display other than …

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From Boob Tube to YouTube

The paper looks at the changing role of the television as a multipurpose content receiver, examining the consumer need for new media centralization and access features and their desire for new connected TV experiences. The consumer data for this paper was drawn from three Parks Associates consumer studies: Hot Products – Click Here! TV 2.0: …

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What Happened To The Smart Home?

European Smart-Home Initiatives Get a Boost from Nokia Ten years ago, the “smart home” was all the rage. Almost every company in our market had a concept center or display house that showed the functionality of the digital home. I remember a visit to GTE’s (prior to them becoming Verizon) offices in the Dallas area, …

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Broadband Video: A Market Update

1.0 Key Findings 1.1 Revisiting Some Earlier Assumptions Parks Associates has been watching how both traditional and upstart media outlets have been addressing digital distribution for some time now, culminating in the report Internet Video: Direct-to-Consumer Services, released in late 2006. In that report, we found that while big media of all types are actively …

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Business Models for Managing the Digital Home

1.0 Synopsis of this White Paper The rising popularity of residential broadband services, home networks, and digital entertainment products such as digital video recorders (DVRs) and flat-panel televisions will create support challenges for many companies. Customer care and proactive support and management of digital lifestyle technology solutions will not only serve the interests of companies …

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