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Netflix on international charge

Analysis of Netflix subscriber data by pay-TV analysis firm Digital TV Research backs up comments made by CEO Reed Hastings on Netflix’s Q2 Earnings Call that there is a growing demand for control and for the consumer be able to click and watch what they want, resulting in a stepping-up on international expansion. While Netflix has some 35,085,000 US subscribers, […]

World Cup shows multi-screen behaviour

Germany v Armenia - International Friendly

Conviva, a provider of video analytics, delivery optimisation and big data processing, has revealed its findings from the World Cup. Conviva’s analysis of the streamed event demonstrates viewers’ insatiable desire for live sports and high-quality content, forcing content providers to focus their efforts on improving video quality and viewer experience across all screens, not just one. This year’s World Cup […]

Connected devices to double US Internet households

By 2017 there will be 204 million connected TV devices linked to the Internet and able to deliver apps to viewers, more than double the projected number of US Internet households. These devices include video game consoles, streaming media players, Blu-ray Disc players, and TVs. According to the latest NPD Connected Intelligence Connected Home Forecast, ownership of connected TV devices […]

TVPlayer launches Community Channel

Community Channel, the only UK TV station dedicated to communities, charities and local stories, is the latest channel to launch on TVPlayer, the OTT platform operated by Simplestream. The channel – owned and run by national charity Media Trust – broadcasts entertaining stories, inspiring series and pioneering documentaries. The channel helps to showcase the inspirational work of charities, new independent […]

Roku top US streaming media player


A report from research firm Parks Associates suggests that more than 25 per cent of US households will have a streaming media player by 2015, with continued robust sales and new entries such as Amazon Fire TV driving expansion of this connected CE category. The report – The Evolving Market For Streaming Media Devices – found Roku accounted for nearly […]

Connected devices reach 1bn, will be 2bn by 2020


The global installed base of Connected TV devices (including Smart TVs, Games Consoles, Blu-ray Players, Digital Media Adapters and Set-Top Boxes) will double over the next 5 years exceeding 2 billion units by 2018  according to a Strategy Analytics Connected Home Devices (CHD) service report. Other key findings from the report include: • IP connectivity is fast becoming ubiquitous as […]

Freesat sues Amazon over ‘Freetime’


Freesat, the UK FTA satellite TV platform, is suing Amazon for trade mark infringement over the ‘freetime’ brand for its programme guide. Amazon uses Kindle FreeTime to market the parental controls for its Kindle Fire tablet and its Fire TV media streaming box. Freesat, which is jointly owned by the BBC and ITV, launched its hybrid satellite and broadband platform […]

Sharp expands Espial Smart TV deal

Espial, a specialist in on-demand TV software and solutions, has announced that Sharp has selected the Espial TV Browser for additional mid-range smart TV models in select geographies to offer rich Smart TV Apps and HTML5 user experiences. Espial software is currently already deployed in various Sharp AQUOS LED TV models in North America and other regions globally. “Smart TV […]

RealHome Media Portal

There’s a big shift happening in digital entertainment. Consumers want live TV, on-demand TV and even user-generated content at home or on the go. Pay TV operators and manufacturers need a way to deliver both traditional TV broadcasting and OTT content to all of these devices. RealHome Media Portal turns a consumer’s set top box or Smart TV into a […]

Presto launches on Chromecast


Presto, Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel’s OTT service, has confirmed that it is now up and running on Google Chromecast as well as on selected Android tablets. As an official Chromecast launch partner, Presto is also offering a special one month free service for subscribers who purchase a Chromecast device. The special offer kicks off on 1 July; however, any customer […]

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