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Chromecast surges past Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV to 35% of market in 2015
Research, Connected TVs & Devices, Live Streaming
Chromecast surges past Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV to 35% of market in 2015
Mar 09 2016 5:45 AM

Google’s bargain-priced Chromecast streaming dongle gained significant market share in 2015, but remained second to the Apple TV in terms of total units shipped, as the global market for Connected TV devices -- including Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and digital media streamers – topped 220 million units for the year after a massive fourth quarter that saw 84 million units ship.

CBS claims new record for streaming of Super Bowl 50
Sports, Live Streaming, Mobile, OTT
CBS claims new record for streaming of Super Bowl 50
Feb 08 2016 6:30 AM

CBS isn’t saying just how many people streamed the Denver Broncos win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, but claim the sportstacular saw a record audience watch the game via the Internet.

What’s a record?

Despite lack of tech agility, Smart TVs lead the race among streaming fans... barely
Connected TVs & Devices, EMEA
Despite lack of tech agility, Smart TVs lead the race among streaming fans... barely
Jan 29 2016 7:15 AM

Smart TVs were supposed to be the bastard children of the digital video revolution, too expensive with too long a replacement cycle and too unwieldy to be able to pivot as the technology behind video evolved.

Turns out they may be the favorite after all, at least in the United States.

Roku plans to integrate 4K streaming services in new TCL TV sets
Connected TVs & Devices, Online Video, UHD
Roku plans to integrate 4K streaming services in new TCL TV sets
Jan 05 2016 6:45 AM

Virtual reality is making big headlines at CES this year, but 4K/UHD remains a major staple of the show after making a big splash last year.

Roku this week said it plans – along with hardware partners TCL, Hisense and Haier – to introduce some 60 models that have company’s streaming platform built in to them in 2016, up from 40 this year, and said some of them will be 4K UHD screens.

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.

Global streaming device market forecast to grow 187% between 2013 and 2019
Connected TVs & Devices
Global streaming device market forecast to grow 187% between 2013 and 2019
Oct 26 2015 6:45 AM

The global market for streaming video devices is forecast to increase to 86 million devices by 2019, a jump of 187% from 30 million in 2013.

Parks Associates said 37% of cord cutters use game consoles to stream video and other content, followed 34% who use devices like Roku, Chromecst, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.

The researcher said 13% of U.S. broadband households purchased a streaming media device in 2014, boosting adoption to nearly 30%.

Charter adds Spectrum TV app to Roku devices
Connected TVs & Devices, Pay TV, OTT
Charter adds Spectrum TV app to Roku devices
Oct 13 2015 4:30 AM

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.

ooyala videomind podcast with hack and flack
Ooyala News, OTT, Broadband, Cloud TV
Videomind Podcast October 9: cord-nevers, the latest in streaming devices, content deals and TV for kids
Oct 09 2015 10:00 AM

In this week's Videomind podcast, Hack and Flack delve into new research on cord-nevers, streaming device adoption and its impact on Pay-TV subscriber loss, the new Roku 4, and OTT services for kids. Hear about whether content owners or service providers will be kings, and find out whether Paddington or My Little Pony gets more play time at Jim's house. 

Newest Roku streaming device includes 4K support, new OS 7
Connected TVs & Devices, OTT, UHD
Newest Roku streaming device includes 4K support, new OS 7
Oct 06 2015 9:15 AM

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.

New Chromecast plays catch up with Roku, Apple, Amazon… for $35
Connected TVs & Devices, OTT
New Chromecast plays catch up with Roku, Apple, Amazon… for $35
Sep 29 2015 12:00 PM

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.

OTT set-top box sales accelerate; Roku was best seller in 2014
Connected TVs & Devices
OTT set-top box sales accelerate; Roku was best seller in 2014
Aug 20 2015 8:30 AM

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.

Will Apple TV finally catch up to Amazon’s Fire TV? We’ll see next month
Connected TVs & Devices, SVOD
Will Apple TV finally catch up to Amazon’s Fire TV? We’ll see next month
Aug 20 2015 6:00 AM

Apple TV – the box, not the rumored Cloud TV service – next month could finally be getting its moment in the spotlight with a revamp that includes giving it a TV-optimized iOS 9 core, reports 9to5 Mac.

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