As I write this post, I just finished watching an episode of Narcos Season 2. On the plane. Without paying for WiFi (which doesn't work for streaming on most airlines anyway). Just in time for holiday travel, Netflix now offers offline playback.
That Americans binge watch streaming video is no surprise; reports on our proclivity to watch more than one episode at a single sitting have been floating around since Netflix started streaming complete seasons of TV shows. But, a new report from Deloitte, its most recent iteration of the Digital Democracy Survey, points out that it’s clearly more than just House of Cards, Transparency and past seasons of Game of Thrones that has us enthralled.
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.
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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.
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.
A pair of new studies out today say one-in-five U.S. broadband households own streaming media devices like Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and Amazon Fire Stick.
A Parks Associates report said Roku held the top spot in U.S. sales, with a 34% share. It said Google was in second place at 23%, followed by Amazon and Apple.
Streaming video devices – particularly dongles like Google’s Chromecast, Roku’s HDMI sticks and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick are forecast to see the highest unit growth of all the digital media adapters.
IHS reports that, overall, unit shipments of set-top boxes (STBs) worldwide improved 2% sequentially in the first quarter of 2015, and were up 3% from the year-ago first quarter.
It was only a few years ago that we – as an industry – had as our goal the delivery of online video to the living room. Well, been there, done that, a new study says.
More than half (54%) of all U.S. TV households with kids under age 18 now watch OTT on a TV set; the overall national average is a respectable 40%.
More than half of kids between two- and 12-years-old prefer a device other than the TV to watch video content, a new study says.
The study, from Miner & Co. Studios found that 57% of the study group preferred mobile devices because they:
· Could take it anywhere.
· Liked using the touch screen.
· Found it easier to use.
· Felt a sense of independence.
Tablet sales remain robust, but their growth is slowing as the market begins to become saturated and sway toward an increasing consumer affection toward phablets (see this related story on how screen size is affecting online video plays).
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, in this case, was it the streaming device or streaming media?
In the case of streaming devices, it doesn’t matter anymore, as a new report says they’re on their way to being in 40% of U.S. homes and, as they continue to gain traction, will drive streaming media usage and, likely, content availability, as well.
Australians continue to watch more television on more devices, according to a new report, which also said time-shifted viewing continues to gain traction.
The Australian Multi-screen Q3 2014 Report also found that – much like their U.S. counterparts -- the penetration of connected and mobile devices continues to grow as Australians finds new ways to consume content.