Category archives for: Connected TV

Airtel, Samsung launch India’s first iDTV

India’s Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, is teaming with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As part of this initiative, Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital TV Smart Card which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external […]

Orange TV on Samsung Smart TVs

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Orange TV is heating up the pay-TV competition in the market following the agreement with Samsung to make its pay-TV offer available on its Smart TV sets. The company aims to strengthen its position in the market at a time when telco operators are relying on pay-TV services to capture more clients and are involved in a prices war. The […]

ESPN, ABC and TNT secure NBA rights

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) has expanded its partnerships with Turner Broadcasting System and The Walt Disney Company through new, nine-year agreements under which ABC, TNT, and ESPN will televise NBA games beginning with the 2016-17 season and running through the 2024-25 season. The new deal is reported to be worth more than $2.5 billion per year and covers a […]

Connected TV ownership hits half a billion

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Worldwide ownership of Connected TV Devices (including smart TVs, smart Blu-ray players, IP-enabled game consoles and digital media streamers) grew 7 per cent quarter-on-quarter in Q2 2014 and 34 per cent versus the same period in 2013 to reach 500 million units. The growing demand for devices that facilitate the streaming of online video to the large screen TV is […]

Synapse powers Vision TV on Freeview

TV technology and services specialist Synapse TV is enabling the re-launch of Vision TV on Freeview in the UK. The new service will be accessed via the Freeview EPG and deliver a number of UK and international free-to-air channels streamed to compatible Freeview HD connected TVs and boxes. Synapse TV utilises proven technology from Strategy & Technology (S&T) and specialist […]

Sky increases Roku investment

Sky has made a further $0.7 million equity investment in OTT streaming platform Roku. This follows the total investments of $12.2 million made by Sky in Roku in July 2012 and May 2013, and is to provide financing for Roku’s operations and activities. 21st Century Fox, which holds a 39.14 per cent controlling stake in BSkyB, has also made a […]

33% of UK homes own Smart TVs

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European entertainment and Internet of Things research from Parks Associates shows more than 40 per cent of broadband households in Germany and Spain own a smart TV, while UK adoption of smart TVs is 33 per cent. The research also reveals

Netflix Digital Media Player viewing surges

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A growing number of US households are relying on dedicated set-top/plug-in devices (otherwise known as Digital Media Players) to watch Netflix on a TV set, according to a GfK study, Over-the-Top TV 2014. By contrast, video game systems – while still the most common hardware for Netflix viewing on a TV screen – are used much less than they were […]

Smartphone viewers TV’s New ‘Holy Grail’

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The number of consumers using tablets to watch TV and movies has sky-rocketed in recent years and many consumers bought tablets for the first time last year, according to a new annual consumer survey by Altman Vilandrie & Company. The strategy consulting group notes that in August, critics scoffed at comments by Apple CEO Tim Cook that tepid iPad sales […]

NOW TV on Apple TV

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Apple TV users in the UK are now able to enjoy Sky’s OTT service NOW TV with the arrival of the NOW TV Entertainment Month Pass and Sky Movies Month Pass. According to Sky, NOW TV is now the most comprehensive linear pay TV service on Apple TV with the addition of entertainment and movie channels. Sky Sports channels have […]

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