search and discovery
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.
One of Amazon Fire TV’s best features is its ability to search outside Amazon Prime Instant Video. Yes, the search still prioritizes its master’s content, listing availability on Prime Instant Video and Prime’s electronic sell through before other sources. But search on Amazon Fire TV devices has just gotten better, as Netflix, HBO Go and, soon, HBO Now, have been added to the list.
For current device owners, a free over-the-air upgrade will install the new software.
You have a video service up and running. Step one done. Now, that’s a relief. But now you are monitoring your stats - staring at the number of views which is not growing as fast as you wanted. You know you need a step 2. What is it? The answer: Personalize the user experience.
The argument over “lean-forward” and “lean-back” TV viewing experiences has been, largely, pushed into the background as more viewers become increasingly comfortable with the need to do a little bit more work in finding the content they really want to watch among the growing number of online outlets.
I stopped at an ice cream shop with my daughter last week, on our way to the park, and she said, “Mommy, there’re so many options to choose from, I don’t know what to get.”
After some time, she added, “I am wasting all the time thinking instead of getting to the park sooner.”
Charter Communications, which added 115,000 high-speed Internet subs in Q4, sees the broadband business as a major opportunity that it so far has under penetrated.
Video consumers want relevance and convenience, and are adopting delivery platforms that offer attractive content, easy discovery, social community and a personalized experience.
A new study from PwC contends those consumers – regardless of where they are – see “no significant divide between digital and traditional media.”
Movies and TV programs have featured their share of robots over the years, some of them kind and some downright creepy. The robots from the Star Wars’ clan are some of the good guys: R2D2 is the ultimate buddy and co-pilot, and Lieutenant Commander Data, from Star Trek the Next Generation, is a computational wiz and overall great COO. Rather than being menacing, these bots are always ready to lend a hand.