Parks: 63% of U.S. Internet Homes Own a Smart-TV, 87% Subscribe to at Least One Streaming Service

New Parks Associates research finds that 63% of U.S. internet households own a smart-TV, up from 38% in 2015. The Dallas-based company highlights how companies such as Roku and others have transformed the role of the TV in the home by marrying entertainment with connected home functions. Roku announced at CES it would manufacture its own line of smart TVs this year, and many companies showed off new TV technologies.

“Smart-TVs are part of the modern home; this device will be a key element of an integrated whole-home entertainment vision going forward,” analyst Elizabeth Parks said in a statement. “New applications and integration are bringing together the smart home and entertainment ecosystems to further monetize its user base and have more control of the data in the home.”

Parks finds that 87% of U.S. internet households have at least one streaming service. At CES, many companies announced new smart-TVs and seek to leverage the operating system (OS) as much as the hardware for future applications. TV manufacturers and tech giants, such as Amazon, Apple, Google, and Samsung, are building smart home controls into the TV, transforming this device into a home control platform.

Comcast Launching ‘Fastest’ 10G Network Nationwide

Comcast Cable’s transition from pay-TV operator to nation’s largest internet service provider (ISP) is taking another step. The company Sept. 8 announced it has begun a nationwide rollout of a high-speed 10G network that will reach more than 50 million homes and businesses before the end of 2025.

The new network will be paired with Comcast’s multi-gig Wi-Fi technology, which it claims delivers the industry’s best combination of speed, coverage and control, powered by one of the world’s first Wi-Fi 6e gateways.

As part of this initiative, Comcast is accelerating the transformation of its network to a virtualized cloud-based platform that is fully prepared for 10G and DOCSIS 4.0. Comcast will begin offering 10G-enabled multi-gig services in 2023.

“10G will deliver so much more than just speed,” said Elad Nafshi, EVP and chief network officer at Comcast Cable. “The digitization and virtualization work we are doing today is already enhancing our customers’ connected experiences and delivering better performance.”

Under this initiative Comcast is now rolling out download speeds up to 2GB — combined with up to 5- to 10-times faster upload speeds to homes and businesses in 34 cities and towns before the end of 2022. Initial rollouts are already underway in Colorado Springs, CO; Augusta, GA; and Panama City, FL, with more launched through the end of the year

Comcast, which lost more than 1 million video subs in the first six months of the year, added 262,000 broadband subs, to end the fiscal period with 32.2 million high-speed internet subs.

“We’re making our network even smarter and faster, which allows us to quickly deliver true multi-gig Wi-Fi to tens of millions of businesses and residential consumers at an unprecedented pace,” said Charlie Herrin, president of technology, product, experience at Comcast Cable. “Whatever the application, whatever the future holds, our network and world-class, whole-home Wi-Fi experience will be there and ready to power all of our customers’ connected experiences.”

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