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Miami Beach Leads the U.S. in Worst Winter Weather for 2009-2010 Season










Atlanta, GA (Vocus) March 20, 2010

In honor of the first day of spring this Saturday, March 20, The Weather Channel is helping the residents of Miami Beach, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and others breathe a huge sigh of relief. Over the past three months, their cities lead the United States in the “worst winter weather” for the season, according to data compiled by The Weather Channel.

A combination of sustained precipitation and prolonged cold temperatures from December 2009 to February 2010 shattered previous decades-old records and created memorable firsts.

    Miami Beach, FL, and the surrounding area experienced their second coldest winter since 1927
    Baltimore, MD, experienced record snowfalls of 77 in., including the nearby BWI Airport (31 in.) and Washington-Dulles International Airport (26 in.)
    Three of the top 10 snowstorms on record for Philadelphia, PA, occurred this season
    This season marked a first for Dallas, TX: falling snow on December 24, Christmas Eve

The top ten lists for the worst – and best – winter weather cities for 2009-2010 are as follows:

Worst Winter Weather U.S. Cities of 2009-2010 season

1. Miami Beach, FL

2. TIE: Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC

3. Philadelphia, PA

4. Dallas, TX

5. Oklahoma City, OK

6. Atlantic City, NJ

7. Fargo, ND

8. Atlanta, GA

9. Des Moines, IA

10. Portland, ME

Best Winter Weather U.S. Cities of 2009-2010 season

1. Seattle, WA

2. Taos, NM

3. Portland, OR

4. Honolulu, HI

5. Spokane, WA

6. Alpena, MI

7. Denver, CO

8. Fairbanks, AK

9. Los Angeles, CA

10. Boston, MA

SOURCE: The Weather Channel

Data was compiled by The Weather Channel meteorology team between December 1, 2009 through February 28, 2010, and included weather conditions and socio-economic related variables, as compared to average 30-year climatological data. For more information, visit weather.com.

About The Weather Channel Companies

The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) is made up of The Weather Channel television network, The Weather Channel digital properties, and Weather Services International (WSI). The Weather Channel® is based in Atlanta and is seen in more than 99 million U.S. households. TWC also operates Weatherscan, a 24-hour all-local weather network; The Weather Channel Radio Network; and The Weather Channel HD. The digital properties of TWC, which include the weather.com® site, The Weather Channel Desktop and The Weather Channel Mobile, reach more than 40 million unique users online each month and is the most popular source of online weather, news and information according to Nielsen//NetRatings. WSI, headquartered in Andover, MA, primarily provides business-to-business weather services, particularly for the media, aviation, marine and energy sectors. TWCC is owned by a consortium made up of NBC Universal and the private equity firms The Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. For more information, visit http://www.weather.com/press.

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3D Capable Home Entertainment Product Revenue Exceeds $ 55 Million in the U.S. According to NPD Group












Port Washington, New York (Vocus) June 23, 2010

3D TV and 3D Blu-ray standalone player revenue in the U.S. has exceeded $ 55 million in the first three months since the launch of these products in February, according to leading market research company The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service.

“3D TV and Blu-ray players are seeing steady growth even as major product line launches are slated for the coming months,” said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis at NPD. As more consumers adopt 3D, the industry can help foster a 3D ecosystem similar to that of HD.”

One inhibitor to adoption of 3D TV at home is the need to wear special glasses when watching 3D TV. These glasses can add significant cost and work only with their brand of television. Only 10 percent of consumers surveyed in The NPD Group’s Analyst Poll of NPD Panelists cited “looking silly” as a main concern of the glasses, whereas 41 percent cited not having enough glasses on hand for everyone watching the set.

“3D TV will be a premium home entertainment experience in 2010,” said Rubin. “Many consumers have already shown that they are willing to use special glasses to obtain the effects, but want to preserve the social aspect of the group television viewing.”

About The NPD Group, Inc.

The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1,800 manufacturers, retailers, and service companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business decisions at the global, national, and local market levels. NPD helps our clients to identify new business opportunities and guide product development, marketing, sales, merchandising, and other functions. Information is available for the following industry sectors: automotive, beauty, commercial technology, consumer technology, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, foodservice, home, office supplies, software, sports, toys, and wireless. For more information, contact us or visit http://www.npd.com/ and http://www.npdgroupblog.com. Follow us on Twitter: @npdtech and @npdgroup.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Sarah Bogaty

+1 516 625 2357

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More HD Television Press Releases

DALLAS, TX (PRWEB) October 29, 2005

Television manufacturers will see a surge in cumulative HDTV sales over the next few years, which will boost the overall market value to $ 65 billion by 2009, according to Adoption of High-Definition TVs and Services, a new study from Parks Associates.

The report, which includes data from Parks Associates’ Mobile Entertainment Platforms & Services study, finds consumers are growing less skeptical about HDTV, which is creating a gradual increase in demand for high-definition products and services. Nearly 47 percent of TV households in the U.S. plan to buy an HDTV in the next twelve months. This increase would boost HDTV sales by 30 percent and HD video services by 38 percent by the end of 2006.

“Consumers are beginning to see the true benefits of HDTV,” said Deepa Iyer, a research analyst at Parks Associates. “Consumers who were once hesitant to spend huge dollars on an HDTV are now reconsidering this product category.”

As a result, service providers, including broadcasters, cable, and DBS operators, are beginning to feel a push to expand their HD video services in order to attract more HD subscribers. Service providers, content producers, television and chipset manufacturers, and other solution providers are all working to bring more high-definition products and services to market, although Iyer warns that they need to ramp up their efforts. The overall market penetration for high-definition televisions and services is very low. The current subscription rate for HD programming is barely 10 percent among all digital video subscribers, while only 35 percent of total HDTV households subscribe to HD video services.

“It is a chain reaction,” Iyer said. “An increase in HDTV sales will fuel the demand for other services including high-definition VOD, local content, primetime programming, and movies. However, this industry lacks a sense of urgency in its efforts to bring compelling HD services to consumers. It has to recognize that HDTV will become ubiquitous only if all collateral forces within come together to embrace the change.”

Parks Associates will further examine the issue of meaningful content delivery at the upcoming executive conference Fall Focus: Making Media Meaningful, hosted Nov. 9-11, 2005, at the Fairmont San Jose. With sessions such as Enhancing the Television Experience via Interactivity and The “Eyes” Have It: Video Content on Consumers’ Terms, this event will feature analysis and discussion on the expanding paradigm for video services.

Adoption of High-Definition TVs and Services provides an analysis of the enablers, inhibitors, and opportunities for high-definition TVs and services in the U.S. It provides insight into service providers’ strategies and consumer behavior patterns for next-generation services and applications.

For additional information on Adoption of High-Definition TVs and Services, visit www.parksassociates.com or contact 972-490-1113 or sales@parksassociates.com. For more information on Fall Focus: Making Media Meaningful, visit www.fallfocus.com.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is a market research and consulting firm focused on all product and service segments that are “digital” or provide connectivity within the home. The company’s expertise includes home networks, digital entertainment, consumer electronics, broadband and Internet services, and home systems.

Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start-ups through market reports, multiclient studies, consumer research, workshops, and custom-tailored client solutions. Parks Associates also hosts Fall Focus and co-hosts CONNECTIONS™ (in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association) each year. www.parksassociates.com

Contact: Jenny Barrett or Chelsey Tyson

Parks Associates

972-490-1113

E-mail: jenny@parksassociates.com; chelsey@parksassociates.com

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