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Google reports 70 million Android tablet activations as it confirms app downloads have passed the 50 billion mark (Original)

It seems like just 10 weeks ago that Google was reporting a total of 900 million Android activations. Well, now the company's back, once again outdoing itself with some fresh figures. Today, we're hearing that more than 70 million Android tablets have been activated to date. Meanwhile, Google has surpassed 50 billion app downloads in the Google Play Store across all Android devices, and there are now more than a million applications available in the store. Additionally, the company claims that in the first half of this year, one in two tablets sold worldwide was an Android product. With no way of confirming that figure ourselves, we'll stand on that tablet activation figure, as it represents a pretty sizable jump for Google: at the end of 2012, tablet activations were still somewhere below 40 million. That's all for now as far as stats go. We'll leave you to gawk at that super tempting new Nexus 7.

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Netflix Q2 earnings show 1.2 million new subscribers; plans for original stand-up comedy, documentaries (Original)

Netflix has revealed its earnings report for the second quarter of 2013 which shows its worldwide customer base has grown by 1.2 million. The company now has "nearly" 30 million customers in the US (up 630,000) and 8 million internationally (up 610,000), with streaming revenue up 26 percent domestically and 155 percent outside the US. That compares well with the same period last year, when it added 530,000 customers in the US. This year has been highlighted by Netflix's push into original programming and just last week that initiative resulted in a bounty of 14 Emmy nominations. Expect more in the future, as Reed Hasting's letter mentions the company expand into documentaries and stand-up comedy specials.

According to the report, the new $11.99 family plan that supports four simultaneous streams has seen "limited uptake" (did anyone know it was available?), while the new individual profiles will be implemented in Q3. The company has rolled out a new streaming platform to its partners, and says its next goal is a single UI that works with various input devices, whether voice, pointer or d-pad. While we paw through the financial documents for more details, don't forget Netflix plans to live stream video of its investors call on YouTube later.…

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Google Serves 25 Percent of North American Internet Traffic (Original)

Everyone knows Google is big. But the truth is that it's huge. On an average day, Google accounts for about 25 percent of all consumer internet traffic running through North American ISPs. That's a far larger slice of than previously thought, and it means that with so many consumer devices connecting to Google each day, it's ...

    


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TV channel apps used by 14% of smartphone, tablet users (Original)

iPad miniSome 14% of smartphone and tablet users used TV channel apps from networks like MTV, Nickelodeon and USA Networks in the first quarter of the year, according to US research firm Parks Associates.

The study found increasing consumer use of apps from TV channels and shows and reported a 75% satisfaction rate among those that did use TV content apps in the quarter.

The most common consumer activities with these apps were watching video, looking up information related to programs, and purchasing related music or merchandise, according to the TV Channel and Network App Users study. Viewers also used the apps to check broadcast dates and times.

The research found millennials to have “much higher” interest in programme and channel specific apps than older consumer segments, and said that shows aimed specifically at this audience – like Gossip Girl – were “wise to develop a robust app offering.”

“This ‘second-screen’ generation is accustomed to consuming content on multiple devices,” said John Barrett, director of consumer analytics, Parks Associates.

Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates added: “Companies in the television industry are experimenting with several approaches to TV-related apps for mobile devices. Some are already noting several benefits, including greater viewer immersion, the ability to appeal to viewers outside of the broadcast window, and new aspects to storytelling.…

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Set-top shipments to hit record highs (Original)

Set-top box shipments will set record highs in 2013 and the next two years, climbing 8% this year alone, according to new research by IHS.

The Set-Top Box Market Monitor report claims that shipments of set-tops for cable, satellite, terrestrial and IPTV digital TV services are set to reach 269 million units this year, up from 250 million in 2012.

This year is also tipped to be “the most valuable year in the history of the market” with STB revenue tipped to grow to US$22.2 billion (€17 billion).

In 2014, shipments are will grow by another 6% to 286 million and will increase by a further 1% in 2015 to 290 million – a market peak for “the foreseeable future” – according to IHS.

After this, shipments are expected to start to decline, decreasing by 5% in 2016 and by another 2% in 2017.

Daniel Simmons, senior principal analyst for TV technology at IHS, said that operators’ growing emphasis on supporting multiscreen devices means that the STB is under threat as the dominant pay TV video consumption device.

“However, operators are continuing to deploy STBs in order to manage the compatibility between their delivery networks and the consumer electronics devices that consumers are increasingly using to view content now,” he said.…

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European smart TV adoption rates compared (Original)

LG Smart TVGermany trails behind other European countries in flatscreen adoption but the UK is a laggard among advanced markets in smart TV penetration, according to a survey of consumers.

According to the survey by Concentra Marketing Research for German consumer electronics trade association the GFU, over a third of Germans, or 34%, have smart TVs, a higher proportion than the UK, where only 21% have smart TVs. Higher proportions have smart TVs in France, with 42%, Turkey, with 40% and Poland, with 36%. Other laggards include the Netherlands, with 26%, Spain, with 26% and Italy, with 28%.

UK consumers that do have smart TVs are however more likely to connect them to the internet, with 86% hooking up. This compares with 79% of French smart TV owners, 76% of the Dutch and 73% of Turks. Fifty-eight per cent of Germans with smart TVs connect them to the internet.

Smart TV functionality has a significant impact on decisions to purchase TVs in Turkey, Spain and the UK. Price was a significant factor particularly in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, with fewer Germans citing price as a significant factor.

Germany is trailing other countries in Europe when it comes to flatscreen TV adoption, with 80% of Germans now having a flatscreen device in their homes compared with 91% of Britons.…

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Mobile, tablet TV revenues to hit $9.5bn ‘within four years’ (Original)

iPad miniRevenues from mobile and tablet television streaming is set to rocket to nearly US$10 billion (€7.8 billion) by 2017, according to a new report.

Streaming and download services on mobile and tablet devices revenues will reach US$9.5 billion within four years, up from US$4.5 billion this year, according to Juniper Research.

“In order to be truly successful in the future, I think we will see players emerge who are prioritising their customers’ preferences; they will do this by utilising cloud technology, allowing consumers to resume playback on different devices, and enabling offline viewing,” said Sian Rowlands, author of the Mobile & Tablet TV Video: Content, Broadcast & OTT Strategies 2013 report.

The key three markets for mobile and tablet TV and video will be North America, Western Europe and the Far East and China, whose combined revenue share will comprise more than 80% of the total. Latin America is also expected to become a key player, with the football World Cup and the Olympics being held in Brazil in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

However, the report warns mobile operators will come under increasingly pressure to improve their network capacity in order to delivery high quality video, while at the same time attracting revenues from usage.…

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Tired of Apple and Google? Meet the dark horse mobile OSes you’ve never heard of (Original)

Android and iPhone currently hold a near duopoly in the smartphone market, but four new entrants are trying to join the fight this year. Tizen, Firefox OS, Sailfish OS, and Ubuntu Phone will all be available by the end of the year. Do any of them stand a chance?

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Australian multiscreen viewing habits (Original)

Over a quarter of Australian homes have access to four screens: television, computer, tablet and smartphone. That is up from 16% a year ago. The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report from Nielsen suggests that television remains at the centre of these connected homes, but reading through the report it seems Australians are watching a little less television than the previous year.

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Tablet and mobiles increase share on online viewing (Original)

The share of tablet and mobile video views in online viewing grew by 19% in the first quarter and accounted for over 10% of all online video plays, according to online video specialist Ooyala’s Global Video Index. 

According to Ooyala, mobiles and tablets accounted for over double the 4% share recorded in the first quarter of 2012.

Mobile and tablet vidwers spent over half of their online viewing time watching videos that lasted longer than 10 minutes, while 25% of tablet viewing time was spent on content that was more than 60 minutes long.

Desktop viewers watched live news, sports and special events for an average of 40 minutes per play in the first quarter, while people on average streamed live video on smart TVs and gaming consoles for 45 minutes per play, nine times longer than the average video-on-demand play. Desktop viewers watched live video 13 times longer than VOD, while tablet video viewers watched live video four times longer and mobile viewers three times longer.

Ooyala measures the online viewing habits of almost 200 million unique viewers in 130 countries every month.

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