Any number of pundits will tell you we’re in the “New Golden Era of TV,” as SVOD and TVOD services enlarge the known universe of content.
But we’re also in a “New Age of Discovery” as more ands more devices come to market with the aim of connecting users more easily to that content through the biggest screen available in the house. Connected TVs, game consoles, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and more all are competing for that prime real estate in the living room.
More than a quarter of U.S. broadband households will have a streaming media player by 2015, driven by steady consumer uptake and new choices, like Amazon Fire TV, coming to market.
In a new report, research firm Parks Associates contends that Roku accounted for nearly one-half of streaming media players (46%) purchased by broadband households in the U.S. in 2013, while Apple had 26%; Parks noted, however, that Apple TV remained the global sales leader.
“Homeland” fan? Maybe “Masters of Sex?” Well, if you also own a Roku box and are an authenticated pay-TV subscriber (in MOST cases – more on that later), you’re in luck.
The cable network today launched on Roku boxes, making it a little easier to access current and catalog content from Showtime.
Roku has a couple months to raise $50 million. This week's viral video is 30 minutes long -- yes, you read that right, half an hour. And some company in Silicon Valley launched a new gadget this week. All that and more in your weekly rewind.