Category archives for: Connected TV

Apple’s Cook confident about TV business

Having declared in March 2014 that the Apple TV business was no longer a “hobby” – a term used by Steve Jobs, his predecessor as CEO – current incumbent Tim Cook has said he feels confident about it and where it could go, confirming that Apple would continue to improve the product. Speaking during Apple’s Q2 2014 Earnings Release Conference [...]

Buy & Keep goes live on Sky Store

BSkyB has confirmed that the Sky Store ‘Buy & Keep’ download-to-own service is now available for ‘connected’ Sky customers, letting them for the first time buy movies as well as rent them. Sky says the Buy & Keep offers the simplicity and convenience of an HD digital movie download, with the added bonus of the original DVD sent by post [...]

7.6m US homes considered cord-cutters

With the explosion of smartphones and digital tablets and the steady rise of Internet-connected televisions, gaming consoles, etc, consumers are increasingly watching streaming or downloaded video when and where they want. According to research from Experian

YouTube on all Roku current-gen devices

Streaming platform Roku has confirmed that YouTube is available now in the Roku Channel Store for all current-generation Roku devices in the US, Canada, UK and the Republic of Ireland. Current generation players are those introduced after July 2011 and include the Roku LT, Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2XS, Roku 3, the Roku [...]

75% connected device users say video apps important

Video apps are indispensable for most connected TV device users (connected TVs, video game consoles, Blu-ray players and streaming media boxes). According to research from NPD Connected Intelligence, 75 per cent of connected TV app users say video apps are ‘extremely’ or ‘very important’. Netflix ranks on the top of the list of video and TV everywhere Network apps cited as [...]

Live TV still trumps other modes

Findings from research led by Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange (Ipsos OTX) polling 15,551 adults in 20 countries suggests that most (86 per cent ) global respondents who watch TV indicate they usually watch TV programming ‘live, although other popular modes of watching are catching on such as

Over a quarter share content across devices at home

Over a quarter (26 per cent) of adults have shared media and/or content across separate devices via their home WiFi network, according to findings from market research firm YouGov. The report – Connected Devices, 2014 – found that just over a third (34 per cent) of adults specifically look for devices they can connect to their existing devices across their [...]

Aereo readies for Chromecast


Seemingly undaunted by its forthcoming US Supreme Court copyright case, Internet TV streaming service Aereo has announced that starting May 29th, consumers can access its antenna and DVR technology to record and watch live television using Google’s Chromecast device. Current Aereo members and consumers residing in active Aereo markets will be able to download (or update) the Aereo app for [...]

20% viewer time on streaming content

According to a Horowitz Associates study, TV content viewers say they spend two in ten (20 per cent) viewing hours streaming content, compared to 13 per cent in 2013. This change has been driven by an increase in streaming directly to the TV set—a trend that Horowitz hypothesises will impact viewers’ relationships to TV providers and network brands. Today, nearly [...]

Samsung wins Fox support for Ultra-HD


Consumer electronics giant Samsung has secured a JV output deal from Twentieth Century Fox in which the Hollywood studio’s films will be available in 4K/Ultra-HD on Samsung’s ‘Smart TVs’. Additionally, Samsung and 20th Century Fox’s Home Entertainment division will also add movies such as “Night at the Museum,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “The Counselor” onto a pre-loaded ‘video pack’ that [...]

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