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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.