How will the Smart TV experience evolve in 2013?

Smart TV devices can be connected to the Internet, and, via an integrated app platform, it is possible to use TV-centric applications like Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer. New apps are launched regularly to the extent that a Smart TV is almost the equivalent to a set-top box, with a focus on the on-demand functionality.

By the end of 2012, there will be more than 100 million consumers in the world who regularly use Smart TV applications, and leading TV companies like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic are rapidly...

By Michael Lantz, 03 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Devices, Entertainment, IPTV.

The game is on: OTT video revenue to reach $32B by 2017

By 2017, according to the latest market study by ABI Research, over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment service revenue will quadruple to $32 billion -- that's up from the expected $8.2 billion in 2012. Monthly subscription services, such as Netflix, have led the OTT adoption trend the past couple of years, which has helped push the market towards healthy growth and sustained profit margins. By 2014, however, ABI Research expects OTT on-demand rentals to surpass subscription revenues. The resulting impact on Cinema revenues is unknown at this time -- but we can anticipate a significant change, when more new releases are combined...

By David H. Deans, 15 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment.

Games will drive mobile app storage in the cloud

The iPad Retina display -- combined with Apple's more liberal app submission policy -- have caused the file sizes of leading iOS applications to grow substantially, especially in the video games category. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the global average app size across all categories was 23 megabytes in September 2012, that's 16 percent more than in March. For the most popular app category, games, the average size was 60 megabytes, meaning a six-month increase of 42 percent. Meanwhile, the size of leading android apps for a similar sample was around six mega bytes in September -- that's representing an increase of 10...

By David H. Deans, 05 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, Cloud, Entertainment.

Foxtel brings IPTV service with Accedo app

Accedo, the Smart TV and IPTV enabler, has been in partnership with media group Foxtel to provide a Smart TV service to Australian customers.

The internet TV solution promised by Foxtel allows users with Samsung Smart TVs to enjoy their services with no installation, contract or set-top box.

The move is being brought about in conjunction with the London Olympics, with Foxtel’s eight dedicated Olympics channels being freely streamed to those with a 2.0Mb/s internet connection.

This...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Content, Entertainment, IPTV, Smart TV.

Microsoft to improve multi-monitor productivity in Windows 8

If you use multiple monitors you have no doubt noticed it can get annoying to have to go back and forth between them to access specific functions like the Start menu.

Well, it seems people at Microsoft too have noticed there is a productivity hit to having to move your mouse back and forth across potentially huge screens.

And a result Microsoft has released its multi-monitor improvements in its Windows 8 Release Preview and the good news is you...

By Rich Tehrani, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Multi Screen, N America.

Why More Americans Adopted Connected TV Apps

According to the latest market study by Leichtman Research Group (LRG), 38 percent of all American households now have at least one TV set connected to the Internet via a video game system, a Blu-ray player, a streaming media set-top box, and/or the TV set directly. The current U.S. connected TV adoption estimate is up from 30 percent last year, and 24 percent two years ago. As a result, watching over-the-top video content has become a mainstream consumer activity, with many more people engaging with online video entertainment applications. Video...

By David H. Deans, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Entertainment, N America.

How Online Video Content Drives Sales Effectiveness

comScore and EXPO released the results of a study on the synergy of professionally-produced video content and related amateur video used in marketing campaigns. The study evaluated an actual campaign that included a combination of a professionally-produced “how to” video and a user-generated product video that was created and submitted by a product user. The results of the study indicate that professionally-produced video content and user-generated product videos are complementary, driving higher levels of sales effectiveness when used together. “This study aimed to answer a critical question for today’s digital...

By David H. Deans, 05 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Entertainment, Marketing.

What's Really Driving a Decline in TV Set Shipments?

Consumer electronics product sales often move in seasonal cycles, with TV unit sales seen as a leading market indicator. In 2011 worldwide television set shipments fell for the first time since NPD DisplaySearch began tracking global TV shipments in 2004 -- slipping 0.3 percent to 247.7 million units. According to their latest market study, LCD TV shipments increased by 7 percent to just over 205 million units in 2011 -- that's a substantial slowdown from the double digit growth in previous years. With plasma TV shipments declining almost 7 percent in 2011 to 17.2 million units, the largest decline yet, and CRT...

By David H. Deans, 21 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Entertainment.