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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Google in talks over online TV service (Original)

Google Logo ThumbGoogle has reportedly approached media companies about licensing content for an internet TV service, in a bid to offer a cable TV-style service over the web.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, Google has made “made overtures to some programmers in recent months” about the initiative, and is looking to license linear channels – most likely in the standard programming bundles taken by cable and satellite operators.

The search giant is reportedly looking to go up against other new entrants in the space like Intel – which is preparing a subscription set-top service that is expected to deliver live TV, catch-up and additional content over the web and roll out later this year.

Sony is also said to be looking at entering this space, offering content to Sony devices like PlayStation games consoles, TV sets and Blu-ray players.

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Apple may be planning Kinect-style controls for its rumored TV (Original)

Even though reports that Apple had acquired PrimeSense, the Israeli company behind the technology in Microsoft’s Kinect, were shot down, the very prospect of getting their hands on that kind of technology leads to some intriguing possibilities.

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Intel reportedly prepping OnCue TV brand name (Original)

Intel logoIntel’s forthcoming TV service will reportedly launch under the name OnCue after applying for brand trademarks around the world.

According to a GigaOM report, Intel, through a shell company called Sest, has registered OnCue trademarks in countries including the US, Canada and Mexico – as well as in Europe.

Intel is also reportedly using integrated communications agency OMD to help develop and lead the launch of the OnCue OTT TV service.

According to reports last month, Intel is trailing its forthcoming TV product among some 2,000 company employees and has started to build a call-centre operation ahead of the launch.

The subscription set-top service is expected to deliver live TV, catch-up and additional content over the web and roll out later this year.


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Xbox One vs. PS4: Which will reign as the streaming TV hub of the future? (Original)

Beyond all the exclusive games that are coming out for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which console will benefit your home theater the most? We break it down for you in our home theater showdown.

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JVC launches flagship BlackSapphire XL 3D HDTV line with Netflix, Slingbox client (Original)

JVC launches flagship BlackSapphire XL HDTV line with builtin WiFi, passive 3D

JVC's been trying to get back into the HDTV game via its recent partnership with Vizio maker Amtran, and just took another big step by unveiling the flagship BlackSapphire SL series. The new models boast high-end touches like tiny bezels, ultra-thin profiles and an edge-lit LED "adaptive backlight." You'll also get built-in WiFi, SmartTV with apps like Netflix, Pandora and a Slingbox client, Xinema-Sound audio with simulated surround-sound, and passive 3D with four sets of included glasses. Interestingly, JVC decided to launch the series with rather small 42-inch and 47-inch models, though Amtran told CNET that larger sizes are also in the works. Also unusual in a flagship is three-digit pricing: $799 for the smaller SL42B-C and $899 for the SL47B-C. Considering the sticker shock we've had lately, however, we're all for keeping things small in that regard. Both models will be up for grabs later this summer.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, HD


Source: CNET

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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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Southwest, Dish team up to offer free in-flight TV on mobile devices (Original)

Definitely a great source of entertainment during Southwest flights, the airline and Dish Network have partnered to provide passengers access to a selection of live television stations on mobile devices for free.

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Pay TV revenues rocket, but cable hits plateau (Original)

Digital TV Research logoWorldwide pay TV revenues rocketed to US$184 billion (€141 billion) in 2012, according to new research.

Revenues increased sharply – 25.8% globally – in the four-year period to 2012 with cable taking the lion’s share by platform, generating US$87 billion.

However, the report from Digital TV Research says that cable revenues are leveling and satellite pay TV platforms will soon take a larger share.

North America generates about half of all pay TV revenues.

The number of digital pay TV households hit 772 million in 2012, up from 585 million in 2008. Asia Pacific increased by 126 million – or two-thirds of the global additions – during this period to bring its total to 433 million.

North America with 112 million and was the second largest region, although it only added four million.

Digital TV penetration of TV households climbed from 28.6% to 54.7% in the 2008-2012 period.

China and India were the single territories with the most pay homes with 232.8 million and 116.7 million respectively. They were ahead of the US (100.2million), Japan (25.1 million) and Russia (23.6 million).

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Intel CTO steps down, CEO cautious on TV move (Original)

Intel’s chief technology officer and director of Intel Labs, Justin Rattner, is stepping down from his current role. 

Intel said that the move was required by Intel’s corporate bylaws, which say that Intel employees may not serve as corporate officers past the age of 65.

Rattner, who joined the company in 1973, is due to take personal leave immediately to deal with “a pressing family matter,” but will return at a later date to take up an as-yet unspecified job, Intel said.

The news comes as Intel’s new CEO Brian Krzanich said that he is “cautious” about moving ahead with Intel’s much anticipated push into the TV space, in his first briefing with reporters.

“We believe we have a great user interface and the compression-decompression technology is fantastic, but in the end, if we want to provide that service it comes down to content. We are not big content players,” Krzanich is reported to have said.

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