Nearly Six in Ten Broadband Households Subscribe to Netflix, Amazon or Hulu OTT Video

The latest over-the-top (OTT) video services market research from Parks Associates reveals the extent to which just three providers dominate the U.S. market. Just shy of six in ten (59%) U.S. broadband households subscribe to Netflix, Amazon or Hulu, according to Parks’ latest Video Market Tracker. Just six percent subscribe to another over-the-top (OTT) video service without also subscribing to one of the top three. Continue reading

Growing Use of Chatbots and Virtual Assistants Ushers in New Conversational Graphical User Interfaces

Enterprise-scale businesses are finding that conversational chatbots and virtual assistants can automate recurring workplace business tasks, presaging what ABI Research believes will be a major evolutionary shift in graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Continue reading

Survey Finds Strong Interest in M2M Payments

More than 8 in 10 Americans expressed strong interest in M2M payments that would use “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology and automated machine-to-machine (M2M) payments, a new study from Visa and PYMNTS-dot-com reveals. The study, entitled “How We Will Pay” was released at the WIRED Business Conference alongside Visa’s announcement that more than 12 banks are joining its token service provider program. Continue reading

Smartphone Usage: One in Five Use Their Devices Every Five Minutes

Would it surprise you to know that a tad over one in five smartphone users worldwide (22%) use their devices once every five minutes, or that nearly half feel compelled to respond to ads when they see them on mobile devices? Those are just two of the key findings from a new smartphone usage survey from IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau). Continue reading

Report: Global Average Broadband Cost and Speed Rises

Average broadband cost and speed for residential service rose just over 7 percent quarterly around the world in 1Q 2017, rising to $105 from $98 in 4Q 2016, according to Point Topic’s latest global survey of residential and commercial broadband services. Monthly charges rose across all three delivery modes: copper, cable and fiber. Continue reading

Mobile Advertising Revenue Now Over 50% of Digital Total

Advertisers spent an all-time high $36.6 billion to promote their wares to mobile device users in the U.S. last year. That marks the first time mobile advertising revenue represented more than half (50.4%) of the U.S. annual digital advertising spending, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) highlights in a new market research report. Continue reading