Category archives for: Connected TV

Fire TV Stick Amazon’s ‘fastest-selling UK device ever’


Fire TV Stick, Amazon’s OTT dongle, has become the company’s fastest-selling UK device since becoming available for pre-order on March 24th. The device, which started shipping on April 15th, plugs straight into the HDMI socket on a TV, allowing users to stream video from popular services such as Amazon Prime Instant Video (previously Lovefilm), Netflix and BBC iPlayer. Customers can […]

Accenture: Traditional TV on the wane


The television’s popularity as the go-to entertainment device may be ending, according to ‘Digital Video and the Connected Consumer’, a research report from Accenture. The television was the only product category to see uniform, double-digit usage declines across different types of media worldwide among viewers of nearly all ages. It is rapidly being replaced as consumers turn to a combination […]

Smart TV sales up 10% in Europe

Smart TVs in Europe boosted the overall TV set market last year, with over 15 million units sold across 10 countries, up 18.5 per cent on the previous year’s figures, according to statistics from GfK for German consumer electronics trade organisation GFU. Overall sales of smart TVs

‘Recommended by Netflix’ Smart TV logo


Netflix has initiated the “Netflix Recommended TV” program to aid Smart TV buyers. The company has already selected a number of TV sets that it believes best compliments its online streaming service. The TVs endorsed by Netflix will have a logo ‘Netflix Recommended TV’ at retail outlets. At present, the company recommends the 4K UHD TV range from LG that […]

Digital content set for $14bn revenues


Findings from global hi-tech specialist Juniper Research indicate that content paid for via carrier billing will provide operators with more than $14 billion in revenues over the next five years. The new research suite, Digital Content Business Models: OTT & Operator Strategies 2015-2019, argues that growth will be fuelled by

Netflix poses further threat from Smart TVs

New ranges of Smart TVs are going on sale in Europe from brands such as Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba and others. What makes these latest models different is that they have a dedicated ‘Netflix’ button on the remote control, as reported by Advanced-Television last week. More often than not the Netflix option was already available to consumers, but to access the […]

Netflix button on European remotes

Remote controls that come bundled with smart TVs in Europe will soon feature a dedicated Netflix shortcut button. Smart TVs from Panasonic, Philips, Sony, Toshiba and Vestel going into retail this year will come with a Netflix button providing a direct shortcut to the online streaming service. Bill Holmes, head of business development for Netflix commented: “The new Netflix button […]

BBC revamps Red Button service


The BBC  is revamping its Red Button service for connected TVs. The broadcaster’s Connected Red Button platform will be rebranded as Red Button+ next month, and gain a range of additional features in the process. The revamp will enable users to access BBC iPlayer via the red button on their remote control, and the amount of live-streamed content on offer […]

The Big Data minefield

In the March-April issue of Euromedia (available first day of NAB, April 11), we examine Big Data and its role in making television better and, thereby, more profitable. What do we mean by better? In this context it seems we mean more targeted, better curated, totally focussed on a viewer’s needs, interests, desires… Of course, what some call targeting others […]

Australia: 92% TV viewing linear broadcast


The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report, covering the fourth quarter of calendar 2014, reveals viewing of video content on Internet-connected mobile devices has grown year-on-year though it remains small relative to the time Australians spend watching broadcast television on in-home TV sets. Technology in Autralian homes Household take-up of

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