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

Sling TV Becomes First Live and On-demand Streaming Service on Samsung Smart TVs

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November 7, 2017 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sling TV today became the first live and on-demand over-the-top (OTT) service available on select Samsung Smart TVs. The launch of Sling TV on this new platform enables Sling TV to expand its leadership in device compatibility, currently supporting...Learn More

Roku OS 8 Unveiled, Aims to Bridge Local Over-the-Air Broadcast with OTT

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Roku OS 8, announced today, is designed to more fluidly consolidate HDTV antenna-delivered free, local broadcast TV and streaming. The new OS also includes an updated Smart Guide and more extensive voice activation features. The company believes that the new OS enables it to more...Learn More

Consolidated Communications Now Offers TV Streaming in the Spanish Language

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CONROE, Texas – July 21, 2017 – Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL), a leading business and broadband communications provider, announces the launch of VEMOX™, an Olympusat, Inc., product. VEMOX™ is an Internet-based streaming video service entirely in Spanish that only requires a high-speed Internet...Learn More

Report: U.S. Connected TV Users to Rise 10%, Roku Heads the Pack

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The number of U.S. connected TV users will continue to grow at a double-digit rate this year, rising 10.1% from 2016’s level. Smart TVs actually connected to the Internet will be the single largest category, according to eMarketer. In sum, 168.1 million people in the...Learn More

Roku Monthly Accounts Now Number 15 Million, Streaming 7 Billion Hours of Video

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Roku monthly accounts have reached a new milestone as of June 30th — 15 million, the company announced. The company said that  is a 43 percent increase over the year-ago period. Those users streamed almost 7 billion hours on the platform during the first half...Learn More

Parks: Majority of Broadband Households Watch OTT Video on TV

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New research from Parks Associates shows that the majority of Internet households watch OTT video on TV. This is a significant revelation in the evolution of entertainment video. “Today, more televisions are connected to the Internet than ever, either directly or through connected devices like...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

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

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

Report: IoT Device Penetration Reaches 62% of Americans

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Just over 6 in 10 Americans (62%) own at least one IoT device, be it a connected/smart TV, car, fitness tracker, home control system, Internet-enabled voice command assistant, smart wearable device or VR headset, according to IoT device penetration research from the IAB (Interactive Advertising...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

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