The number of devices connected to the Internet and capable of delivering apps to TV screens is expected to grow 59% by 2019, totaling more than 238 million devices. Connected TVs are forecast to drive 45 percent of the growth over the coming four years, while less expensive, content-heavy streaming media players are projected to drive 35 percent growth.
Connected TV growth in the United States is expected to track at a nearly 2.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2020, slower than the growth rate for almost every other streaming media player available, indicating that households will have multiple devices available for watching online video.
In a new report, eMarketer forecast that connected TV users will top 181.8 million users in the U.S., increasing to 202.1 million by 2020.
A pair of studies forecast a surge in sales for 4K UHD TVs this holiday season as consumers will have more brands, options and screen sizes from which to choose, and as prices continue to fall.
4K UHD television sales are set to grow by 40% Y/Y in the U.S., according to the Consumer Technology Assoc., and account for more than half (56%) of all TV sales during Q4.
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.
Ooyala and Roku have teamed up to provide another simple way to expand your audience, today announcing syndication support for Roku Direct Publisher in Backlot.
Hulu’s decision to cut its free, ad-supported streaming service is expected to sharply reduce the number of users of the service, dropping its base by nearly half, according to new research that also says Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service is booming.
There may be a paucity of 4K content available to stream at the moment -- with big question marks about how much is in the pipeline and how much consumer demand there really is – but rumors abound that Google will announce a new Chromecast 4K device at its Oct. 4 event.
Canada’s VMedia has launched a live liner play of Roku, giving consumers access to 20 live TV channels, including Canadian and U.S. networks such as CTV, CBC, GLOBAL, ICI, TVA and V, as well as CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS, all in HD and streamed to their TVs.
The streamed skinny bundle – after a seven-day free trial – will cost $18/mo., about the same as several U.S. operators are charging for a similar streamed package.
Consumers are watching more OTT content and that’s driving a surge in the digital media adapter (DMA) market.
PlayStation Vue, Sony’s Internet TV package, just launched on another platform – Roku – making it just a little bit easier for cord-cutter wannabes to dip their toes in the water before taking the big plunge.
The service, which offers a pay as you go service with no contract, has three tiers:
Ownership of streaming media players continues to grow in the United States, with more than 36% of all broadband households owning at least one of the devices, new research says, up 9% from a year ago. And, according to a Parks Associates’ report, the top dog in the market is Roku.
Big things can come in small packages, something streaming media company Roku showed this morning with the release of its latest streaming stick, a device the size of a USB thumb drive that packs a lot of wallop.