Weekly Rewind: A Billion Smart Connected Devices in 2012

By Adam Sewall on Mar 30 2012 at 9:00 AM

The first ultra-sharp OLED TV will arrive in May with a hefty price tag. With dwindling customers in the U.S., DirecTV eyes Latin America. We'll hit a billion smart connected devices in 2012. All that and more in your weekly rewind.

LG's 55-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TV will be the first of its kind to arrive in May. The price tag: eight grand.

Latin America is key to DirecTV's growth. The pay TV operator is looking to double revenue and subscribers, and the region is becoming the company's main source of advancement with fewer new customers in the U.S.

Even if cord cutting claims are overblown, a new study found one in five admit to cord shaving. In particular, 28 percent of the 35- to 44-year-old demographic are shavers, a 9 percent increase for the group.

Smart connected devices are on the rise. Last year, 916 million were shipped, totaling about $489 billion in revenue, and IDC expects this trend to continue, jumping to 1.1 billion in 2012 and 1.84 billion in 2016.

Did News Corp hire hackers to attack Sky TV's biggest competitor BBC Panorama?

Some of the biggest names in the startup world — Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, co-founders of Napster — are working on a new social video startup called Airtime. Yes, like every other company in the Valley, it's hiring. (Guess who else is too?)

Disney and Nielsen have banded together to better understand the iPad's impact on media consumption. Variety reports this is important there isn't "a viable measurement option for tablets." Looks like someone doesn't read VideoMind's index report.

Games on the Xbox? No, people are using the console to watch movies and shows. Slate boldly proclaims that it's not Apple who's revolutionizing TV -- it's Microsoft.

Everybody's buzzing since Apple was awarded a patent that indicates the company is considering touchscreen HD TV sets.

It's only a matter of time before online streaming tops physical disc rentals, a new report says. ReelSEO's take: "2012 looks like it could finally be the year of streaming video-on-demand in terms of market share."

Reddit's general manager is the most recent addition to next week's Social TV Summit's speaker lineup.

Wired writes in defense of cable: "I argued that I would pay $100/month for the digital version of Library of Babel. Most people I spoke to on Twitter as consumers thought that was way too much. To me, looking at what I pay for my digital voice and data plans alone, it still feels remarkably low."

Is social media distracting for shows?

Hulu arrives on more Android tablet screens.

What do second-screen users look like? This.


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