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Roku rolls out OS 7.5 update for Roku TVs, devices
Connected TVs & Devices
Roku rolls out OS 7.5 update for Roku TVs, devices
Nov 02 2016 8:15 AM

Roku today is rolling out a new OS that comes with several new features including one that gives owners of Roku TVs who supplement their SVOD experiences with over-the-air broadcasts the ability to pause a broadcast program for 90 minutes.

Roku’s new OS7.5 starts auto-deploying to existing devices today.

The Live TV pause allows Roku TV users to pause and playback digital broadcasts as long as they have a 16 GB or larger USB storage device attached to their TVs.

Chromecast leads connected devices… but Smart TVs continue to hold top share
Connected TVs & Devices
Chromecast leads connected devices… but Smart TVs continue to hold top share
Nov 30 2015 1:45 PM

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.

Holiday season has TV makers seeing black, sort of
Connected TVs & Devices, Pay TV, OTT
Holiday season has TV makers seeing black, sort of
Dec 16 2014 12:15 PM

Televisions, surprisingly, are back in vogue with consumers, at least the bigger sets that occupy a chunk of wallspace.

NPD Group this week said sales during Thanksgiving week for sets 33-49 inches were up 21%, and that sales of 50-64 inch screens grew 35%.

The bigger news was for screens 50-64 inches, which saw sales volumes increase to the point where more of them were sold than sets in the 33-49 inch segment.

Strong LCD, 4K UHD sales drive bump in global TV shipments
Connected TVs & Devices
Strong LCD, 4K UHD sales drive bump in global TV shipments
Nov 26 2014 8:00 AM

There may be some life left in the global TV set industry after all. Following several quarters of flat or declining shipments, DisplaySearch says the industry saw a 4% Y/Y bump in the third quarter, with LCD shipments up almost 9%.

The driver, said the researcher, was shipments in North America, where LCD shipments were up 12% from a year ago.

APAC shipments were strong, as well, with LCD shipments in China up more than 9% compared to Q3 2013.

connected TVs are gaining  traction in Spain's TV marjet
EMEA, Connected TVs & Devices, OTT
Connected TVs changing how Spain watches television
Nov 13 2014 9:30 AM

Connected TVs have had a major impact on how viewers watch television in Spain, with a recent report saying 30% of users have stopped watching programs on traditional TV that can instead be watched on connected TVs.

The IAB report also found 64% of the Spanish audience will accept advertising along with their online video if the access to the content is free.

Connected TVs & Devices, OTT
Smart TV adoption – and connectivity – soars; will 4K stunt its growth?
Nov 07 2014 7:15 AM
Not long ago fewer than half of all Smart TVs were actually connected to the Internet. New research says about 80% of the sets are now connected and predicts that number will exceed 90% by 2016.

Still, while Smart TV sales are expected to grow at a CAGR of 21% through 2018, the increase in activity surrounding 4K/Ultra HD sales could prompt the CE industry to shift gears.

More than 1 billion connected Tvs by 2020, report says
Connected TVs & Devices, OTT, Pay TV
Connected TVs, devices change how we watch TV, who plays in the space
Sep 18 2014 9:15 AM

How will consumers get their video content in coming years? Increasingly, through connected TVs and connected devices.

Earlier this week, a new report from Digital TV Research forecasts the number of TV sets connected to the Internet would flirt with 1 billion by 2020, nearly three times the number that are expected to be connected by the end of this year.

Desire for online content drives device purchasing decisions
Connected TVs & Devices, OTT
Report: Desire to watch online content driving device purchasing decisions
Aug 07 2014 6:15 PM

Consumers looking to buy a new TV or video device say its ability to connect to the Internet and stream video content is the most important determining factor in its purchase.