Weekly Rewind: 2011's Most Popular Video and More

By Adam Sewall on Dec 24 2011 at 8:00 AM

What was the most popular video of 2011? Will you watch the Super Bowl on your phone? Is Siri headed to a bigger screen? All that and more in your weekly rewind.

Most-watched YouTube video of 2011? Rebecca Black. Online viewers of the world, you have disappointing taste.

It might be the end of 2011, but it's never too early to think about the Super Bowl. The NFL announced Tuesday the Super Bowl will be streaming to computers and mobile devices for the first time come February.

Microsoft might have beaten Apple to the punch by letting you talk to your TV, but that doesn't mean Apple doesn't have something up its sleeve. Company execs have told media that Apple is working on creating a connected TV that streams shows, movies and other content, with gesture and voice recognition. Is that you, Siri, on a bigger screen?

Speaking of Xbox, three of the most popular game consoles — Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii — saw huge jumps in streaming time, according to Nielsen. The reason? Netflix, Hulu and all those other connected services.

With demand for set-top boxes on the decline, buyers this holiday season are saying they'd choose connected TVs over 3D.

Likewise, cable set-top boxes are also on the decline, a new report suggests. With cable operators tightening their budgets and the prevalence of cord cutters, will the cable box go the wayside?

And a special treat for you guys embedded below. Happy holidays!

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