Smart TV Preferences: User Experience is Key, Voice Control is Lacking

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User experience is the driving factor behind smart TV and streaming media preferences, according to a smart TV preferences survey from Parks Associates. Nearly half (45 percent) of all broadband households in the U.S. already have a smart TV, according to the research firm. Smart...Learn More

Comcast Introduces Netflix in 4K on Xfinity X1

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — October31, 2017 –Just in time for season two of Stranger Things, Comcast today announced the availability of Netflix Ultra HD (UHD) 4K programming on Xfinity X1. Featuring seamless access to the entire Netflix catalog of UHD 4K in the most stunning picture quality, Xfinity...Learn More

Video Viewing Habits Research: VOD Will Nearly Equal Linear TV Viewing in 3 Years

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The video landscape has changed drastically during the past few years. However, a video viewing habits survey conducted by Ericsson ConsumerLab predicts that even more dramatic changes lie ahead. In three years, video on demand will be almost equal to traditional linear viewing, the study...Learn More

SES 4K Ultra HD Trials Now Include 30 Operators, Reaching 10 Million Subscribers

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Nine additional pay-TV operators in the United States have joined SES’s 4K Ultra HD trials, bringing the total companies participating to 30, according to the company. Thirty operators with a total of more than 10 million subscribers now have entered 4K Ultra HD trials with...Learn More

Research: Screen Penetration Still Led by TVs, Smartphones Closing In

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Household smartphone penetration jumped six percentage points year-over-year to reach 80 percent, but that only gets them to second place for screen penetration, according to CTA’s (Consumer Technology Association) “19th Annual Consumer Technology Ownership and Market Potential Study.” Americans own 27 million more smartphones than...Learn More

Streaming Media Adapters Forecast Highlights Growing 4K Penetration

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Demand for streaming media adapters is poised for a sharp growth spurt amidst growth of recently introduced linear, 24×7 streaming video services, such as DirecTV Now and YouTube TV, according to a streaming media adapters forecast from ABI Research. Global unit shipments will rise to...Learn More

AT&T to Add 4K Coverage to Masters Tournament

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El Segundo, California — April 4, 2017 – It’s been said playing at Augusta National Golf Club is like being in the most perfect picture ever painted. Starting Thursday, AT&T1 and DIRECTV will bring viewers closer than ever to that picture when they apply their...Learn More

Verizon Fios 4K UHD Trials Underway

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Verizon is prepping for Fios 4K UHD video delivery, through a UHD trial with satellite transport firm SES. The trial will help Verizon eventually offer the next generation of HD programming to Fios TV customers throughout the U.S., according to a press release announcing the...Learn More

Entertainment Report: VoD Revenues Return to Growth, Strong 4K UHD Equipment Sales

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U.S. sales of 4K UHD TVs, players and discs was strong in 2016, the first year they were available in retail shops, helping propel annual consumer home entertainment equipment spending 2 percent higher year-over-year (YoY) to more than $18 billion, according to a new 4K...Learn More

CTA: U.S. Consumer Technology Revenue Forecast to Hit $292 Billion for 2017

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The market for high-tech consumer products will reach new heights this year, driven by accelerating adoption of connected IoT devices in homes, businesses and vehicles, as well as other emerging tech, such as digital assistants, augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) devices, 4K UHD TVs, drones and wearables,...Learn More

AT&T Launches DirecTV 4K UHD for Businesses

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AT&T claimed an industry first Dec. 21, announcing it is the first U.S. digital video carrier to offer 4K UHD content to businesses. Targeting bars and restaurants in the main, AT&T’s DirecTV 4K UHD TV content – delivered via DirecTV – includes live sports and...Learn More

CTA Foresees Record Breaking Black Friday Consumer Tech Sales

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Researchers at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) foresee a record-breaking Black Friday consumer tech sales. The number of Americans saying they intend to buy tech products from the Monday before Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday (Nov. 21-28) jumped 10 percentage points from last year’s level, according...Learn More

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