TV Households with a Connected TV Rises to 69%, Total Devices Surpass Pay-TV STBs

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New research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that U.S. TV households with a connected TV has risen to 69%, up from 24 percent in 2010 and 50 percent in 2014. Connected TV devices include smart TV sets or other connected TV devices, which could...Learn More

Sling Cloud DVR First Look Will Now Include Android and Roku Devices

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Back in November, OTT video services providers Sling TV and Roku said they were planning the December launch of an “invitation only” trial of a joint cloud DVR beta program. Under the Sling Cloud DVR First Look program, the virtual MVPD provider has been steadily ...Learn More

Total Roku Hours Streamed Hits 1 Billion in a Single Month, Now 13.4M Total Roku Accounts

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Total Roku hours streamed reached a record 1 billion in December, the company said. The number included both video and audio streaming. According to the company, 13.4 million active Roku account holders streamed 9 billion hours in 2016. Roku’s active account base grew an impressive...Learn More

Roku Xfinity App in Comcast Customer Trials

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Roku announced the U.S. release of its beta Xfinity TV app Jan. 31. The trial Roku Xfinity app includes an enhanced viewer guide that incorporates graphics, personalized recommendations and detailed information that makes for easier content searching and discovery, Roku’s Andrew Ferrone highlights. The Roku-Comcast...Learn More

Integrated Local Channels on Sling AirTV Player May Entice Even More Cord Cutters

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A new OTT platform that Sling TV will soon launch adds desirable features that may make cord cutting even more appealing. AirTV will put local channels on Sling TV through a separate OTA antenna, integrated with both Netflix and the Sling TV channel line-up on...Learn More

Report: Percentage of Smart TVs Actually Connected to the Internet on the Rise

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The percentage of smart TVs actually connected to the Internet is on the rise,  according to new market research from NPD Connected Intelligence. Eighty percent of installed smart TVs and streaming media players will be connected by year-end 2019 as compared to 70 percent in 2015....Learn More

Large Alaska Telco Launches Streaming TV with Innovative Systems

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Palmer, Alaska — December 15, 2016 — The APMAX StreamingTV™ service that lets consumers stream Live TV channels to Roku® devices, Tablets and Smartphones over a service providers data connection has now been deployed at Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA), one of the nations largest Telecommunications...Learn More

Sling TV, Roku Plan Trial of Cloud-Based DVR Storage

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Sling TV and Roku are planning an ¨invitation only¨ cloud DVR beta program. Sling TV customers can request an invitation to participate in the Sling TV, Roku program, which is slated to begin in December, via www.sling.com/dvr. Invitations will be sent first to Sling TV...Learn More

Digital Media Player Survey: 58% Watch Regular TV As Well

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A shift in factors motivating viewers to buy digital media players is under way, according to a new digital media player survey from GfK. Rather than considering them as the means to ¨cut the cord¨ on traditional cable, DBS and telco pay-TV services, viewers are...Learn More

Report: U.S. Connected TV Penetration to Reach 60% by Year-End, 202 Million Users in 2020

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The connected TV market will surge higher out to 2020, when U.S. connected TV penetration will represent 71.2 percent of U.S. Internet users and 60.4 percent of the national population in 2016, according to new market research from eMarketer. e-Marketer pegs this year’s growth rate...Learn More

Parks: Internet-Connected Entertainment Devices Now in Close to 75% of U.S. Homes

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Internet-connected entertainment devices rose 11% since 2015, according to new market data from Parks Associates. The number of U.S. broadband households that make use of at least one Internet-connected in-home entertainment device has risen to 73% over that time period, Parks said. Whether it’s smart...Learn More

Five Roku Streaming Media Players Launched

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Five Roku streaming media players were launched yesterday, including the Roku Express and Roku Express+, which offer low-cost 1080 pixel HD streaming. At a MSRP of $39.99, Roku Express is the company’s smallest streaming media player, Roku highlights in a press release. A step up,...Learn More

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