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US DoJ hits Google over ad monopoly

The US Department of Justice has hit Google in an antitrust claim over its alleged advertising domination. The lawsuit was lodged January 24th in the Eastern District of Virginia, and aims to have Google’s dominance in the online ad marketplace broken up by having a court compel the company to divest its Google Ad Manager […]

January 25, 2023By Chris Forrester

Report: Drivers behind STB OS decisions

Set Top Box (STB) Operating System (OS) selection, design and deployment, is being impacted by the increasing importance of streaming, intensifying market competition and rising consumer desire for a better user experience, according to a report. Independently researched and produced by Caretta Research and sponsored by connected TV technology experts iWedia, part of the ZEGi […]

January 24, 2023

Alphabet to axe 12,000 staff

Alphabet, owner of Google, has announced it will cut 12,000 jobs, in the latest round of mass redundancies to hit the tech industry. Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said he took “full responsibility” for the cuts, in an internal email. The cuts will affect some 6 per cent of Alphabet’s workforce globally, in teams […]

January 20, 2023

MPs to quiz Amazon, Google on connected tech

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee is to question representatives from Amazon and Google about the future of their smart devices and data protection. The Committee is expected to ask about the level of data collected by devices and cybersecurity, which the Government has said “continues to be an afterthought […]

January 16, 2023By Colin Mann

Google wins NFL Sunday Ticket rights

The National Football League has announced a multi-year agreement with Google granting YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime Channels the right exclusively to distribute NFL Sunday Ticket to consumers in the US starting with the 2023 NFL season. According to the NFL, the strategic partnership will provide fans greater access to NFL Sunday Ticket while tapping […]

December 22, 2022

Data: US homes use 123% more data per month than Europe

Data insights from the Plume Cloud reveal that broadband network performance is improving, the number of cyber threats is growing exponentially, and Google wins the battle of the brands with households adding more connected devices than Apple. Plume IQ examines the major trends in Plume-powered smart homes in 2022 (November 1st 2021 to November 30th) […]

December 22, 2022

Google TV carries VIDAA sports channels

VIDAA, a smart TV operating system and streaming platform, and a subsidiary of Hisense has announced an agreement for Google TV and other Android TV OS devices to carry VIDAA’s sports content, which includes FIFA+. As a long-term partner of VIDAA, Tremor International, an end-to-end digital advertising technology platform specialised in Connected TV, video, and […]

December 2, 2022

CMA investigates cloud gaming, mobile browsers

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a market investigation into cloud gaming and mobile browsers after receiving widespread support for its proposals first published in June 2022. The CMA consulted on launching a market investigation alongside its Mobile Ecosystem Market Study report, which found that Apple and Google have an effective duopoly […]

November 22, 2022By Colin Mann

Device management in Android TVs: Trends to watch

We’re nearly at the end of 2022 – and the smart TV arena wars are heating up. Android TV, in particular, is finally living up to its potential to shake the market. Outside of the Asia-Pacific region, Google’s smart TV operating system is now the third-largest platform. Even more impressively, Android TV managed to accomplish […]

November 14, 2022

Telefónica demands global techs pay up

Spain’s Telefónica is seeking compensation from the US online giants – such as Google, Amazon, Meta/Facebook, Microsoft and Netflix – for the ‘over use’ of its network. The president of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete, has requested that tech companies that use more than 5 per cent of the network’s operations should pay them compensation. “We […]

November 10, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid