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A tablet turnaround ahead? Shipment declines slow
Connected TVs & Devices, Mobile
A tablet turnaround ahead? Shipment declines slow
Jul 29 2016 9:15 AM

Global tablet shipments continued to slide in the second quarter of 2016, but researcher Strategy Analytics says there may be light at the end of the tunnel as the pace of the decline slowed from 10% to 8% and average selling prices increased 9% as buyers turned to more powerful units.

Shipments in Q2 2016 were 46.7 million units, up slightly from 46.5 million units in Q1 2016, but down from 50.8 million units a year ago.

OTT growth drive shipments of digital media adapters
Connected TVs & Devices
OTT growth drives shipments of digital media adapters
Jul 13 2016 9:45 AM

Consumers are watching more OTT content and that’s driving a surge in the digital media adapter (DMA) market.

Connected TVs & Devices, Cloud TV
Sling TV upgrades UI on Roku devices
Jun 28 2016 4:00 PM

Just two weeks after making its debut on Apple TV – with a highly touted redesign of its user interface – Sling TV has brought the UI to Roku.

The UI highlights include:

Sony expands its Internet TV play, Vue, to Roku devices
Connected TVs & Devices, Internet TV
Sony expands its Internet TV play, Vue, to Roku devices
Jun 22 2016 11:00 AM

PlayStation Vue, Sony’s Internet TV package, just launched on another platform – Roku – making it just a little bit easier for cord-cutter wannabes to dip their toes in the water before taking the big plunge.

The service, which offers a pay as you go service with no contract, has three tiers:

Sling TV adds channels, Apple TV
Internet TV, Connected TVs & Devices
Sling TV adds channels, Apple TV
Jun 13 2016 3:15 PM

Busy day in Sling TV-land where the skinny bundle of Internet TV channels rolled out four announcements (and added some bulk in the process).

The OTT play from Dish Network now is available on 4th-Gen Apple TV, with all of its iterations – single-stream, beta multi-stream, Sling Latino and Sling International offerings – available to Sling TV subscribers via the app from Apple’s App Store.

US ownership of streaming players jumped 9% in past year with Roku leading the pack
Research, Connected TVs & Devices, INTX
US ownership of streaming players jumped 9% in past year with Roku leading the pack
May 18 2016 8:45 AM

Ownership of streaming media players continues to grow in the United States, with more than 36% of all broadband households owning at least one of the devices, new research says, up 9% from a year ago. And, according to a Parks Associates’ report, the top dog in the market is Roku.

4K/UHD set-top market pegged at $3.65B by 2024
UHD, Connected TVs & Devices
4K/UHD set-top market pegged at $3.65B by 2024
Apr 26 2016 10:00 AM

New research says the 4K/UHD set-top box market could be a $3.65 billion global market by 2024, driven by increased demand for 4K video content, strong sales of compatible 4K TVs and display devices.

A new report from Grand View Research forecasts that hybrid STB devices will see a CAGR of more than 5% throughout the forecast period, popular with users as they give them access to multiple TV delivery methods including cable, terrestrial, satellite and the Internet.

Comcast to deliver content without proprietary set-top box
Pay TV, Operators, Connected TVs & Devices
Comcast to deliver content without proprietary set-top box
Apr 20 2016 4:45 PM

Some Comcast customers will be able to save a few dollars a month after the cable giant today said it would allow subscribers to watch Comcast content without leasing a cable set-top box.

The move was in response to a push by federal regulators to relax the STB market, allowing customers to use devices like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV instead.

With smallest streaming stick yet, Roku out to prove you can take it with you
Connected TVs & Devices, OTT, SVOD
With smallest streaming stick yet, Roku out to prove you can take it with you
Apr 05 2016 7:30 AM

Big things can come in small packages, something streaming media company Roku showed this morning with the release of its latest streaming stick, a device the size of a USB thumb drive that packs a lot of wallop.

Chromecast surges past Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV to 35% of market in 2015
Research, Connected TVs & Devices, Live Streaming
Chromecast surges past Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV to 35% of market in 2015
Mar 09 2016 5:45 AM

Google’s bargain-priced Chromecast streaming dongle gained significant market share in 2015, but remained second to the Apple TV in terms of total units shipped, as the global market for Connected TV devices -- including Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and digital media streamers – topped 220 million units for the year after a massive fourth quarter that saw 84 million units ship.

Streaming content availability drives connected TV penetration beyond 50% in US
Research, Connected TVs & Devices, Online Video
Quality streaming content availability drives connected TV penetration beyond 50% in US
Mar 08 2016 8:45 AM

The increased availability of quality premium content to stream, along with the growing number of services delivering over-the-top content, is fueling rapid growth in the number of broadband households in the United States that have at least one TV connected to the Internet.

Brazil’s bumpy economy kills TIM’s startup streaming service, Live TIM Blue Box
LatAM, Connected TVs & Devices
Brazil’s bumpy economy kills TIM’s startup streaming service, Live TIM Blue Box
Feb 08 2016 7:30 AM

Looks like the economic malaise in Brazil has claimed another victim (in addition to pay-TV subscription numbers which has plummeted): The Live TIM Blue Box service will shut down at the end of this month.

Brazilian operator TIM blamed the current “macro-economic scenario” for the shutdown, but lack of customer interest may have been a major cause, as well.

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