Connected TVs & Devices
Adoption of smart TVs is accelerating in developed markets around the globe as the demand for streaming content and better picture quality drives sales. More than 50% of TV households in Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany will have smart TVs by 2019, according to a new report.
Smart TVs were supposed to be the bastard children of the digital video revolution, too expensive with too long a replacement cycle and too unwieldy to be able to pivot as the technology behind video evolved.
Turns out they may be the favorite after all, at least in the United States.
Virtual reality is making big headlines at CES this year, but 4K/UHD remains a major staple of the show after making a big splash last year.
Roku this week said it plans – along with hardware partners TCL, Hisense and Haier – to introduce some 60 models that have company’s streaming platform built in to them in 2016, up from 40 this year, and said some of them will be 4K UHD screens.
Chromecast just joined the ever-expanding lineup of supported devices or Sony’s cloud TV play, PlayStation Vue, joining Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Sony’s own PS4 and PS3, iPhone and iPad.
Users have been waiting fro Chromecast since Sony announced it would be joining the family back in mid-November. Support for Chromecast is initially being offered via compatible iOS devices.
U.K. public broadcaster BBC has deployed its iPlayer streaming TV app for the latest iteration of Apple TV, joining other streaming apps that were available when Apple TV launched in October and filing a noticeable gap in iPlayer’s accessibility… and, it’s just in time for all of the BBC’s Christmas programming, which will make consumers – and the folks in Cupertino, Calif. -- a tad more jolly.
The global LTE consumer devices market is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than 26% through 2020 as rising consumer adoption of mobile video, increasing mobile data traffic and growing demand for high speed data connectivity from enterprises and consumers intensifies.
LTE delivers a faster, more efficient, higher-quality mobile network for users, while also simplifying operator infrastructures and lowering costs.
Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku streaming devices all support voice search.
Google’s Chromecast dongle sports a $35 price tag.
Game. Set. Match.
Consumers are – at the moment anyway – opting for price over product features, snapping up Chromecast dongles almost twice as often as Apple TV, the second-most popular streaming device.
Think digital set-top boxes have killed the Smart TV category? Think again.
A new Harris poll says 61% of consumers are hoping for a connected device this holiday season, with the most coveted device being – Surprise! – the most expensive: A Smart TV.
Harris found that 30% of consumers are hoping Santa delivers a smart TV, compared to just 19% who’d settle for a streaming media player (like an Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV or Chromecast).
More than half (57%) of broadband households in the U.K., Germany, Spain, and France own at least one CE device connected to the Internet, a new survey shows.
Consumer researcher Parks Associates also reported that 45% of broadband households in the U.K., Germany, Spain, and France have a smart TV.
Pay-TV adoption, meanwhile, is highest in Germany, where 87% of broadband households subscribe, followed by France (75%), the United Kingdom (74%) and Spain (50%).
Ultra HD isn’t yet being driven by consumers, a panel at OTTtv World Summit said today. Instead, it’s a corporate-generated trend that nonetheless is gaining traction with consumers.
“There certainly are initiatives launching,” said Godert Burghard, VP of marketing at content security firm Irdeto. “But operators are hesitant”about investing in the new format too aggressively and are dragging their feet until more content is available.
Waiting for your new Apple TV? You aren’t alone, as Apple CEO Tim Cook, during its quarterly earnings call with analysts Tuesday said sales for the new device had a “huge first day,” becoming available for pre-order on Apple’s online storefront.
The global market for streaming video devices is forecast to increase to 86 million devices by 2019, a jump of 187% from 30 million in 2013.
Parks Associates said 37% of cord cutters use game consoles to stream video and other content, followed 34% who use devices like Roku, Chromecst, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
The researcher said 13% of U.S. broadband households purchased a streaming media device in 2014, boosting adoption to nearly 30%.