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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.