Connected TVs & Devices
Global tablet shipments continued to slide in the second quarter of 2016, but researcher Strategy Analytics says there may be light at the end of the tunnel as the pace of the decline slowed from 10% to 8% and average selling prices increased 9% as buyers turned to more powerful units.
Shipments in Q2 2016 were 46.7 million units, up slightly from 46.5 million units in Q1 2016, but down from 50.8 million units a year ago.
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:
Busy day in Sling TV-land where the skinny bundle of Internet TV channels rolled out four announcements (and added some bulk in the process).
The OTT play from Dish Network now is available on 4th-Gen Apple TV, with all of its iterations – single-stream, beta multi-stream, Sling Latino and Sling International offerings – available to Sling TV subscribers via the app from Apple’s App Store.
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.
New research says the 4K/UHD set-top box market could be a $3.65 billion global market by 2024, driven by increased demand for 4K video content, strong sales of compatible 4K TVs and display devices.
A new report from Grand View Research forecasts that hybrid STB devices will see a CAGR of more than 5% throughout the forecast period, popular with users as they give them access to multiple TV delivery methods including cable, terrestrial, satellite and the Internet.
Some Comcast customers will be able to save a few dollars a month after the cable giant today said it would allow subscribers to watch Comcast content without leasing a cable set-top box.
The move was in response to a push by federal regulators to relax the STB market, allowing customers to use devices like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV instead.
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.
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.
The increased availability of quality premium content to stream, along with the growing number of services delivering over-the-top content, is fueling rapid growth in the number of broadband households in the United States that have at least one TV connected to the Internet.
Looks like the economic malaise in Brazil has claimed another victim (in addition to pay-TV subscription numbers which has plummeted): The Live TIM Blue Box service will shut down at the end of this month.
Brazilian operator TIM blamed the current “macro-economic scenario” for the shutdown, but lack of customer interest may have been a major cause, as well.