Connected TVs & Devices
“Homeland” fan? Maybe “Masters of Sex?” Well, if you also own a Roku box and are an authenticated pay-TV subscriber (in MOST cases – more on that later), you’re in luck.
The cable network today launched on Roku boxes, making it a little easier to access current and catalog content from Showtime.
Nearly two-thirds of broadband households in the U.S. have at least one TV that’s Internet ready – and is actually connected.
"Though broadband diffusion may be slowing as the market matures, the expansion of broadband-connected TVs continues at rapid clip, up 19% in the last year," said Michael Greeson, president and director of research for The Diffusion Group.
The rapid adoption of online video is a major driver of the connected video device market worldwide, according to new research.
In its new report, “Global Connected Device Market 2014-2018,” researcher TechNavio cited the online video audience growth as a key factor in the expected 17% compound annual growth rate of the market for connected video devices over the next five years.
There’s been a lot written about multiscreen services and pay-TV operators of late, how valuable they are for maintaining subscriber loyalty and, potentially, as an additional revenue stream. In many ways, however, they remain a defense against encroaching SVOD services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.
The number of users watching online video on mobile devices worldwide continues to increase, with annual growth outstripping expansion of any other viewing device, a new study said.
While mobile video made up about 20% of total views in 2013, it’s expected to more than double over the next five years, said ABI Research.
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), one of the largest telcos in the region, is deploying a plug-and-play device, TVolution, which allows subscribers to stream Internet content through their television sets.
With Amazon’s set-top box launch reportedly delayed until Spring, Apple may be set to swoop in and steal its thunder.
Multiple reports have a new iteration of Apple TV – one that supports iOS games and Bluetooth controllers – rolling out in March, an odd time for a new hardware release, but a perfect time to beat Amazon to the punch.
Shipments of Android- and iOS-based devices are expected to jump more than 26% in 2014, with smartphones and tablets gaining an increasing share of the market as consumers’ love affair of all things mobile continues.
Researcher Gartner said more than 1.1 billion devices with Google’s Android OS will ship in 2014, breaking the 1 billion mark for the first time. In 2013, 877.8 million Android devices shipped. Gartner said it expects Andoid OS to ship on 1.25 billion devices in 2015.
Nearly half of all U.S. TV households have at least one digital video recorder, a 17% increase from 2010, according to newly released consumer research.
Leichtman Research Group’s newest consumer survey found DVRs in 47% of U.S. TV households, up from 40% in 2010 and 23% in 2007.
Add HBO GO to the growing list of content owners looking to expand its opportunities to go over the top to consumers via mobile devices. The premium cable channel has announced it’s now available on Google’s TV dongle, Chromecast.