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

Show Dumping Research: 37% Have Stopped Watching a Favorite Show

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TV viewers are increasingly “show dumping” – discontinuing viewing of even their favorite programs – due to rising costs and difficulties associated with watching them, according to new show dumping research research from TiVo. Surveying 5,500 pay-TV and OTT viewers in the U.S., Europe and...Learn More

FCC Set-Top Box Order Would Exempt Small Video Providers

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A proposed FCC set-top box order circulating within the commission would not apply to video service providers with fewer than 400,000 customers, but those providers could adopt the technology if they choose to, said FCC senior officials on a conference call with reporters yesterday. The...Learn More

OTT Video Business Models: 55% Are Subscription-Only, Says Parks

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The business models of more than half – 55 percent – of U.S. OTT video services providers are subscription-only. The corresponding figure in Canada is 50 percent, according to new market data about OTT video business models released July 19 by Parks Associates. In a...Learn More

IHS: Smart TV Shipments Are More Than Half for All TVs

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More than half of the TV sets shipped worldwide in 1Q’16 were smart TVs, according to new smart TV shipments data from IHS Technology. That includes North America, where smart TVs accounted for 56 percent of 1Q’s total, IHS said The uptick in smart TV...Learn More

Managed Broadband TV Success is Tied to Faster Broadband and Customer Education

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Many smaller broadband operators are launching managed broadband TV services, which generally feature local broadcast channels (ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, etc.) delivered to a private Roku channel (or other streaming video device). Operators are hoping to attract customers who are interested in a skinny bundle...Learn More

Report Finds Roku with Biggest OTT Video Set Top Box Market Share

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Set-top boxes from the likes of Apple, Google and Roku are the fourth-most popular means of streaming OTT video in homes, according to OTT video set top box market share research from comScore. The OTT STBs ranked behind the ¨Big 3¨ – desktops, smartphones and...Learn More

LRG: Connected TV Households Rise to 65% of TV Households

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Connected TV households now comprise 65% of TV households, according to new research from LRG (Leichtman Research Group). By LRG’s definition, a connected TV household is one with a smart TV or with at least one TV connected to the Internet via a video game...Learn More

Sling Local Now to Offer Hyper-Local Content on Roku Devices

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The Sling Local Now hyper-local content offering is now rolling out on Roku devices. The ad-free offering from The Weather Channel, previously available on devices supported by Sling TV, provides current, localized news, weather, sports and traffic updates.  Local Now is available to Sling ¨Best...Learn More

OTT Video Habits Survey: 83% Watch On Demand

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More than 8 in 10 consumers (83 percent) watch on-demand video (VOD), four percent more than did so in April 2015, according to digital content delivery platform provider Limelight Networks’ second semi-annual ¨The State of Online Video¨ report. The amount of time adult viewers 18-69...Learn More

Parks Finds 31 Percent of Broadband Homes With Streaming Media Players

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Streaming media players (SMPs) were present in 3 in 10 (31 percent) of U.S. broadband households as of end-3Q 2015, up from 27 percent at the start of the year. That’s poised to increase, as more than 14 percent of U.S. broadband households intend to...Learn More