European smart TV adoption rates compared (Original)
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.…
Smart TVs get ‘thumbs down’ (Original)
A new study by the research firm, called ‘online video lead adopters bypass the smart TV with personal devices,’ claims that while half the surveyed sample had bought a smart TV in the past three years “no one was found to be using it as their main source for connected media entertainment” as other devices were deemed easier to use.
Early adopters who had not purchased a smart TV yet were “concerned that these products were not ready to deliver an adequate experience,” and were happy to continue using other connected devices instead, the report said.
It added that while traditional TV will continue to play a key role in the home, people will “increasingly rely on the convenience of personal devices and OTT TV/video services” to support their entertainment needs.
“OEMs and app developers are failing to provide smart TV users with apps and services that enhance the TV experience. Furthermore, an intuitive remote that works fluidly with the UI and provides ease of text input with an integrated touchscreen is imperative to consumers finding the apps and services functional on a TV,” said Strategy Analytics senior analyst for the firm’s user experience practise, Taryn Tulay.…
Samsung acquires Boxee for $30M, smarter TVs coming? (Original)
Update: 1:58PM: Looks like this has been confirmed, though there has been no official word from Boxee yet. According to multiple reports, Samsung has acquired streaming video company Boxee for $30 million. Sources……
Connected TVs move into mainstream (Original)
The Rovi Study on connected TV advertising, owners, and device usage in the UK found that women, for the first time since it started studying this market two years ago, represents the largest portion of owners at 55%.
Owners of connected TVs now also represent “a far more balanced range of age groups with a decrease in 25-34 year olds and an increase in older viewers,” the study said.
In Q1 2003, 49% of respondents in households that own connected TVs said they use the connected platform once a week or more – a 10% increase over the previous quarter. Some 84% indicated that connected functions are accessed by more than one user in the home – an increase of 23%.
“The results of the latest study are clear. Not only are connected TVs quickly moving into the mainstream, but advanced advertising on the platform has arrived and is delivering meaningful results for premium household brands,” said Jeff Siegel, senior vice president, sales and marketing, worldwide advertising, Rovi Corporation.
Awareness of advertising on connected TV platforms continues to increase with 55% of respondents in Q1 2013 claiming they have noticed advertising – an increase of 14% from Q4 2012, according to Rovi.…
Roku Wants To Be Part Of Your Next Smart TV, Raises $60 Million To Do It (Original)
These days, just about any cheapo Blu-ray player or game console can stream video from Netflix or Hulu, so what’s a company that makes a slew of low-cost video streaming boxes to do to stand out from the pack? Well, if you’re Roku, the answer is you raise a ton of money and set your sights on software too.
AllThingsD reports that Roku has just raised another $60 million in funding in a round led by Fidelity, and ATD’s Peter Kafka goes on to note that Roku is looking to use that infusion of capital to bolster its software partnerships with television manufacturers.
In addition to pushing out cutesy streaming video boxes, Roku wants its software to be baked directly into a new generation of smart televisions — an especially savvy move given just how ferociously players like Microsoft are attempting to take over people’s living rooms. After all, the promise of streaming content from services like Netflix, Hulu, and Crackle is one that’s been fulfilled nearly every major game console, not to mention by number of Roku’s rivals. A cheap streamer box like the ones Roku makes only hold so much appeal when compared to a truly multi-purpose device like the Xbox 360 (to say nothing of the seemingly media-centric Xbox One) or a hot-seller like the Apple TV (which has outsold Roku’s boxes by more than 2 to 1), so Roku’s attempt to move up the stack directly into televisions could give the company a leg-up as the amount of hardware competition continues to grow.…
Smart television usage remains relatively low (Original)
Consumer awareness of smart televisions and what they can do remains relatively low. While 13% of homes in the United Kingdom now have a smart television, up 2% since Christmas, only half of them use one as the main way of accessing online services on their television. Recent research from YouGov suggests that people are still more likely to use a computer or set-top box to connect their television to the internet.
Redbox Instant streaming now available on LG Smart TVs (Original)
While still in beta, Redbox Instant is slowly increasing the number of devices it supports and has now announced its launch on LG's Smart TV platform (TVs only, not Blu-ray players, for now). The hybrid disc / video on-demand / subscription streaming movie service has continued to push updates to its apps on Android and iOS since their debut, and has been posting promotions of its "disc + digital" approach. Its digital catalog is still more limited than competition like Netflix or Amazon Prime, but the disc aspect is an interesting hook, allowing users to pick up a brand new flick at the kiosk and stream catalog fare, all under one package. If you're in the beta then let us know how things are progressing in the comments, and if you're not then you can get a free month trial at the link below.
Source: Redbox Instant…
M-Go launches on Samsung smart TVs (Original)
Technicolor and Dreamworks’ multiscreen video service M-Go has launched on Samsung smart TVs in the US, marking its first smart TV deployment to date.
The free app is available now through Samsung’s Smart Hub store on 2012 models of Samsung TVs, with users able to rent movies and TV shows through the service on a per-title basis.
“Providing easier access to the movies and TV shows people care about is M-Go’s mission. Going live on Samsung Smart TVs is a huge milestone in giving consumers the power to enjoy an entire world of entertainment at their fingertips on the big screen at home,” said M-Go CEO John Batter.
M-Go has content deals with Hollywood’s major studios, but for content it doesn’t store, it directs viewers to other media stores including Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix and Vudu in a bid to take “the hassle out of watching great digital entertainment quickly and easily.”
M-Go is also available on Android and iOS tablets, online on computers and via selected Google TV devices.
Hisense aims to transform Smart TV experience, set new standard with VIDAA (Original)
HiSense is promising a new industry standard called VIDAA, which the company says will offer a Smart TV experience unlike anything that’s previously come to market. It's set to launch in China this week, but won't hit the U.S. until early 2014.…
Clear the coffee table: Apps take over the living room on TVs and tablets (Original)
Smartphones and tablets are now prominent fixtures when it comes to watching TV at home, and a series of studies show today’s viewers are not only increasingly connected, but also more likely to be avid app users, own smart TVs, or both.…