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.

The ups and downs of China.com

In the midst of economic downturn, the Internet is reveling in a mind-boggling boom in China: with huge numbers of customers that are the envy of online merchants and service providers around the world; and their spending keeps growing.

According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China had 513 million Internet users by the end of 2011, up 12% from a year ago, and 350 million of these used their cell phone to access the Internet, up 17%.

However, the agency warns growth is slowing by...

By Dr Lin Sun, 13 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Cloud, Consumers, Entertainment, Mobile.

Hybrid Set-Top Boxes Offer New Hope for Pay-TV

In the U.S. market, 2011 was a year that many in the traditional pay-TV service provider industry would rather forget. That being said, this year will include more of the same challenges, where the fundamental value proposition is being questioned by subscribers. There are some bright spots, however, where pay-TV providers can use new technology and additional capabilities to add value to their legacy offerings. Some may also create new lower-cost offerings. Hybrid set top boxes are a fast-growing segment of the worldwide set top box market. These boxes include a TV tuner and an Internet connection -- with the latter used to access a...

By David H. Deans, 03 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Smart TV.

Smart Devices Transform Digital Media Entertainment

In 2011, the global market for household consumer electronics (CE) continued its rapid shift toward connected devices. These are devices that are enabled with digital communications and have the ability to connect directly to the Internet -- or to a home network. Some of these devices are optimized for the delivery of IP-based streaming video content. This device category is being driven primarily by the success and adoption of digital TVs, satellite STBs, video game consoles, and Blu-ray disc players or recorders. According to the latest market study by NPD In-Stat, they now forecast that the connected device installed...

By David H. Deans, 02 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Multi Screen, Smartphones, Smart TV.