OTT, Mobile, Connected TVs & Devices
Smart TV numbers grow, but smartphones will drive OTT further
Dec 06 2018

The number of smart TVs and streaming media players in U.S. broadband households continues to grow with more than half of all connected HH owning a smart TV and 40% at least one streaming media device.

4K, Connected TVs & Devices, Commentary
Connected TVs zoom, pay-TV set-tops swoon and Gen Edge looms
Jun 08 2018

The number of connected Smart TVs in the United States has increased more than 300% since 2014, as consumers continue to choose watching streaming video from an SVOD service or from a virtual MVPD as an alternative to traditional pay-TV.

Connected TVs & Devices
Report: Installed Internet-connected TVs, devices to top 238M by 2019
Dec 19 2016

The number of devices connected to the Internet and capable of delivering apps to TV screens is expected to grow 59% by 2019, totaling more than 238 million devices. Connected TVs are forecast to drive 45 percent of the growth over the coming four years, while less expensive, content-heavy streaming media players are projected to drive 35 percent growth.

Connected TVs & Devices
2020 Vision: Connected TV HHs to near 98M by decade’s end
Nov 22 2016

Connected TV growth in the United States is expected to track at a nearly 2.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2020, slower than the growth rate for almost every other streaming media player available, indicating that households will have multiple devices available for watching online video.

In a new report, eMarketer forecast that connected TV users will top 181.8 million users in the U.S., increasing to 202.1 million by 2020.

Millennials, Connected TVs & Devices, UHD
52% of Millennials eager to use 4K/UHD streaming
Nov 22 2016

A new study says U.S. households have an average of eight connected devices, and said a third (32%) of homes have at least one streaming media player connected to the Internet, a modest increase of about 7 million homes over a year ago.

That penetration is likely to increase the number of consumers interested in streaming 4K UHD content, but the large number of connected devices could put a strain on the home network’s ability to handle 4K content delivery.

Connected TVs & Devices, Operators
Bell Fibe TV becomes 1st Canadian pay-TV service on Apple TV
Nov 07 2016

Canadian telco Bell Canada is making its IPTV product, Bell Fibe, available on Apple TV, making it the first pay-TV service from the Great White North to be available on the device.

Connected TVs & Devices
Roku rolls out OS 7.5 update for Roku TVs, devices
Nov 02 2016

Roku today is rolling out a new OS that comes with several new features including one that gives owners of Roku TVs who supplement their SVOD experiences with over-the-air broadcasts the ability to pause a broadcast program for 90 minutes.

Roku’s new OS7.5 starts auto-deploying to existing devices today.

The Live TV pause allows Roku TV users to pause and playback digital broadcasts as long as they have a 16 GB or larger USB storage device attached to their TVs.

SVOD, Connected TVs & Devices, Content
Amazon Prime video growth to outpace Netflix as Hulu falls away
Oct 24 2016

Hulu’s decision to cut its free, ad-supported streaming service is expected to sharply reduce the number of users of the service, dropping its base by nearly half, according to new research that also says Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service is booming.

Pay TV, Connected TVs & Devices
Charter, Arris to partner on next-gen ‘WorldBox2.0’
Oct 12 2016

Charter has tapped Arris to develop a next-gen hybrid set-top box that allows users to access Internet content as well as content delivered by the pay-TV operator. Charter, the nation’s second-largest broadband provider and third-largest pay-TV operator, plans to deploy the new WorldBox 2.0 platform across its entire footprint, including on systems it acquired when it bought Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

Connected TVs & Devices
Smart TVs push for lead as primary streaming device in US homes
Sep 27 2016

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of U.S. broadband households have at least one in-home entertainment device connected to the Internet, up from 62% at the start of 2015, a new study says.

Smart TVs are on track to unseat gaming consoles as the primary video streaming device in homes, according to Parks Associates’ report, Streaming Media Devices: Trends and Innovation.

Connected TVs & Devices
Chromecast 4K on the horizon? Roku expands its lineup
Sep 26 2016

There may be a paucity of 4K content available to stream at the moment -- with big question marks about how much is in the pipeline and how much consumer demand there really is – but rumors abound that Google will announce a new Chromecast 4K device at its Oct. 4 event.

Cloud TV, Connected TVs & Devices
Canadian startup VMedia rolls out live linear stream on Roku
Sep 19 2016

Canada’s VMedia has launched a live liner play of Roku, giving consumers access to 20 live TV channels, including Canadian and U.S. networks such as CTV, CBC, GLOBAL, ICI, TVA and V, as well as CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS, all in HD and streamed to their TVs.

The streamed skinny bundle – after a seven-day free trial – will cost $18/mo., about the same as several U.S. operators are charging for a similar streamed package.