Weekly Rewind: The World's Biggest TV

By Adam Sewall on Jun 22 2012 at 9:00 AM

LG and Philips announced the creation of the Smart TV Alliance, which intends to create a universal, non-proprietary ecosystem so developers can build apps on standards such as HTML5.

Microsoft's had a busy week, debuting two new products: a tablet called Surface and the new Windows Phone 8 operating system.

Sharp similarly had a big announcement of its own, taking the wraps off the largest TV in the world. At a whooping 90 inches and 141 pounds, the TV has a similarly massive price tag of $11,000.

Another TV set also hit the market earlier this week -- this time from IKEA.  We wonder if we have to assemble it ourselves?

Despite manufacturers pushing out new sets, NPD DisplaySearch says worldwide LCD TV shipments have fallen 8 percent year over year in the first quarter. Still, LCDs made up 84.2 percent of TV shipments, followed by CRT (10 percent) and plasmas (5.8 percent).

The Online Publishers Association found 61 percent of tablet users have purchased some form of digital content. When it comes to videos, 26 percent have paid for full-length movies and 18 percent for full-length TV shows. Overall, entertainment makes up 8 percent of purchases, second to magazines at 10 percent.

More than 10 billion video ads were served in May -- a new record, comScore reports.

Remember that guy who streamed 252 movies on Netflix in a month? The streaming company decided to celebrate its biggest fan by creating a Mark Malkoff Day over at its Los Gatos, Calif. headquarters. "Going to Netflix, I felt like Charlie going into Wonka's factory," he said."It made watching 29.4 hours of closing credits in a month almost worth it." Now that's customer service.

What's happening with Vevo? The music-video platform, one of the fastest growing Web properties, has seen a 20 percent decline in viewers year over year. A spokesperson said comScore's metrics don't offer a complete picture and that the number of active users has actually increased 46 percent year over year.

Twitter's newest big-name hire is from the TV world. Fred Graver will be the new creative director of Twitter partnerships.

If you want your shows to succeed abroad, take them online, GigaOM writes, citing "Spartacus" and BBC's "Misfits" as examples.

Glenn Beck, who famously left Fox to create an online TV network, has renamed his Web venture to The Blaze from Glenn Beck TV.

Comcast says it expects ad impressions served with free on-demand video will increase tenfold within the next year. "I'd love to have a dollar for every view," an exec said at a TV conference in New York.

The attention-loving younger sister of Mark, Randi Zuckerberg said at an entertainment conference in Paris that she sees a bright future for online video. The younger Zuck left Facebook to create a new company, R to Z Studios.


Connected TVs & Devices
Report: Installed Internet-connected TVs, devices to top 238M by 2019
Dec 19 2016 8:15 AM

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.

2020 Vision: Connected TV HHs to near 98M by decade’s end
Connected TVs & Devices
2020 Vision: Connected TV HHs to near 98M by decade’s end
Nov 22 2016 12:45 PM

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.

52% of Millennials eager to use 4K/UHD streaming
Millennials, Connected TVs & Devices, UHD
52% of Millennials eager to use 4K/UHD streaming
Nov 22 2016 7:15 AM

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 7:30 AM

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.