Connected TVs & Devices
More than 50% of German broadband households have Smart TVs, the highest rate among European countries, a new study said.
Overall, said Parks Associates, 45% of broadband HH in Europe use the connected CE device. Consumers in Spain, the United Kingdom and France all are avid adopters of Smart TV technology.
The surge of Smart TV adoption opens up new opportunities in the market, the researcher reported.
Global sales of 4K/UHD televisions are set to increase more than 164X between 2013 and 2019, research says, with total sales reaching 330 million units by the end of the decade.
But the road is anything but smooth for CE manufacturers, Parks Associates said, noting that most U.S. consumers planning to buy a flat panel screen in 2015 still don’t see one of the sets on their horizon.
U.S.-based cable company Charter has added its Spectrum TV app to Roku devices, giving subscribers another way to access the content included in their Spectrum TV service on any television in their home connected to a Roku device.
The move makes some 160 TV channels and more than 9,000 on demand titles available to stream to multiple TVs without requiring additional set-top boxes from Charter.
U.S. households with streaming media devices like Roku or Amazon Fire TV watch less broadcast TV but more video overall than those HH without them, a report says.
Overall, homes with streaming devices watch 22 hours of video compared to 18 hours for non-device households, comprising six hours of Internet video compared to three hours, and eight hours of traditional TV compared to 10.
It’s been a busy six weeks for streaming device manufacturers, with new releases from Google, Apple and Amazon. Last, but not least, of the streaming device updates before the holiday season kicks off is Roku’s new Roku 4.
The new box includes the ability to deliver 4K Ultra HD (UHD) and HD TV content and features a quad-Core processor, up to 60 fps 4K streaming, HDCP 2.2 and Optical Audio Out.
Amazon, which has been busily signing content deals and rolling out its own original programming for its Prime Instant Video service (see below), this week said it would stop selling competitors’ boxes that aren't compatible with Amazon's video service.
HDTVs have become the norm in the United States with at least one set in 86% of households and nearly two-thirds of HH reporting two or more sets, a new report says.
ShoppingNexus.com also found 60% of respondents preferred LED models and said price, brand and screen size were the top three – in that order -- determinants to their buying decisions.
About 24% of American HHs own three or more HD TVs.
What’s that ubiquity mean for 4K/UHD technology?
It should come as no surprise that Google has finally launched an updated Chromecast, chasing Roku, Apple and Amazon in the race for most-popular digital set-top box.
What might come as a surprise is that, more than two years after the original Chromecast launched, Chromecast 2 is still just $35… despite a spate of new functions and content to go with it.
Amazon doesn’t quite underplay its TV and video ambitions as much as does Apple – which has never backed off its label of Apple TV and its foray into the digital video industry as a “hobby.” But Jeff Bezos and Co. have still been pretty low key, positioning Amazon Prime Instant Video and Fire TV as products that are used primarily to draw users to the e-commerce site.
Well, THAT was a snore.
If you were waiting for a new – and amazing – Apple TV, your wait is over and you’re likely more than a little disappointed.
Yes, the new streaming set-top box – the first update in three years -- will have Siri voice support and, yes, the price has more than doubled from the $69 the old Apple TV was most recently selling for (down from its original $99).
Don’t have a 4K/UHD TV set? Well, it’s becoming more likely that you will by 2020.
New research from Strategy analytics forecasts that lower prices, increased retailer support and strong customer satisfaction will lead to 61% of annual TV sales being Ultra HD sets. In fact, the researcher said, sales this year could exceed 30 million units.
Not wasting any time, Vodafone has announced it’ll be the first pay-TV provider to offer Netflix in Spain when it launches in the country in October.
The operator says it already has technology built into its set-top boxes that won’t require an update.
More crucially, Vodafone subscribers will be able to search for Netflix content as part of an integrated search and discovery engine that will give them both Vodafone’s programing and Netflix offering in a unified guide.