Connected TVs & Devices
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of Amazon Fire TV’s best features is its ability to search outside Amazon Prime Instant Video. Yes, the search still prioritizes its master’s content, listing availability on Prime Instant Video and Prime’s electronic sell through before other sources. But search on Amazon Fire TV devices has just gotten better, as Netflix, HBO Go and, soon, HBO Now, have been added to the list.
For current device owners, a free over-the-air upgrade will install the new software.
The average North American household now has more than seven active devices in use each day, with 6% of households having more than 15 active devices, a new report from Sandvine said.