The Apple TV and similar set-top boxes like the Roku and Chromecast are doing much better than had been expected in the past. The reason has to do with the content strategies used. IHS, which tracks shipments, explains.
Global shipments of over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes (STBs) sold at retail -- including Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku boxes -- will overtake shipments of IPTV STBs used for pay TV services in 2015, according to IHS (NYSE: IHS).
The Swiss IPTV provider has been providing more details about the technologies that underpin its innovative Swisscom TV 2.0 service. These include hybrid STB memory and ultra-fast caching for nDVR, the use of Android and an STB that is really a specially customized tablet.
Satellite TV service Sky and cable giant Virgin Media lead the way in offering pay-TV services to UK consumers, but the nation's most-watched TV service is still Freeview. The digital terrestrial service is completely free, and offers 60 TV channels, with 12 HD channels, and 25 radio stations - and it's now expanding its offering beyond live broadcasts to on-demand viewing.
Multiplatform viewers, consumers who watch at least an hour of TV content daily and spend more than 20% of their viewing time streaming, make up nearly one-third (31%) of all U.S. TV households a new study says, and although they love their SVOD services, they still have a strong – although somewhat tentative – affinity for broadcast TV.
I was talking to someone who works on one of those half-dozen or so apps that we tend to associate with teenagers: the ones that were built around some novel concept that distracted us for a few years while they ...
Today we’re pleased to announce the expansion of our Roku TV program with the addition of Sharp as a Roku TV partner. Sharp delivers excellent picture quality and is known for producing great TVs. The Sharp Roku TV models represent a new generation of smart TVs that are built using the Roku TV reference design and feature the Roku operating system (Roku OS). Roku TV offers one of the most simple, comprehensive smart TV experiences on the market and the new Sharp Roku TVs provide this experience
The HDMI cast dongle was legitimised when Google launched Chromecast mid-2013 and since then has gained force as a disruptive product potentially threatening pay TV operators, set top box makers and especially the smart TV. But it actually has a constructive role as a unifying device for the digital home, bringing together traditional pay TV, OTT and User Generated Content (UGC).
Wouldn’t it be great to have a smart TV? Well, not really. Smart TVs have a lot of problems. If you do have a smart TV, you’d be better off combining it with a cheap set-top box rather than actually using its smart features.
Matchstick’s Kickstarter backers will have to wait a bit longer to get the Firefox OS-based streaming stick: Matchstick is delaying shipments until August, the company announced Friday. Matchstick wants to use that time to put digital rights management (DRM) in place — a key requirement to get premium video apps like Netflix — and also…
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