Does ReVuln research show security worries for Smart TVs?

A video posted by Malta-based security firm ReVuln has shown potential security weaknesses in an unspecified Samsung Smart TV.

Rather chillingly titled ‘The TV is Watching You’, the video shows the researchers tampering with TV settings and channel lists, firmware and USB drives among other things which gives them “root” access to the smart TV – in other words, total control of it.

Worryingly, the researchers also found they could hack through the remote control if it’s...

By James Bourne, 17 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, Research, Security, Smart TV.

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.

What is the latest outlook for the TV market?

I've mentioned this before: getting into TV now is a losing proposition. Here's why.

Cablecos had it easy. They went from TV to ISP to Voice, each move created more profit and stickiness.

The MSO (multiple systems operators) already had the content problem kind of solved. By kind of, I mean that they already had contracts for content and were the traditional TV distribution channel. MSOs had already had to negotiate with Fox, ESPN, etc.

VZ, ATT and C-Link went to TelcoTV, spending billions to upgrade the...

By Peter Radizeski, 16 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, Research, Smart TV.

Smart TV shipments increasing by 15% but NA lags behind

“Moving from a novelty to mainstream”, according to research

A report from NPD DisplaySearch has revealed that even though smart TV shipments have gone up by 15% worldwide, there’s a definite lag from North America.

The primary reason for the lag is because North America has the highest consumption of Internet-based video streaming, according to DisplaySearch.

Just fewer than 9.5 million open internet access smart TVs were shipped globally in Q2 2012, with 43m expected to ship by the end of...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, N America, Smartphones, Smart TV.

What are the trends in the global pay TV market?

If you've been following the pay-TV adoption trend in the North American marketplace, then you may have assumed that the same story of declining subscribers was happening across the globe. But that's not true. The global pay-TV market actually continues to grow in a few select markets, despite the ongoing decline in the North America pay-TV market during 2012. ABI Research forecasts that global pay TV subscribers will reach 858.1 million at the end of 2012; that's a 5% year-on-year increment from 2011. The key growth will be driven by the Asian-Pacific market,...

By David H. Deans, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, Research, Smart TV.

Accedo and NDS team up for set-top box apps

Accedo, the Smart TV provider, has announced a partnership with NDS to enable pay-TV operators to launch their own app store, as well as potentially monetising apps.

The product utilises NDS’ set-top box (STB) for operators to author apps integrated with an HTML browser, and an advanced software development kit (SDK).

The NDS Service Delivery Platform enables operators to provide content “contextual” with what’s on the screen.

“The combination of NDS software and...

By James Bourne, 07 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: IPTV, Operators, Smart TV.

Who wins and who loses in the video on-demand wars?

The on-demand market is finally here

Video-on-demand is really a thing of the 1990s. Industry pundits have forecasted the demise of the linear TV market for almost 20 years, but the multi-channel pay-TV business model has proven remarkably resilient. The growth spurt and increased profitability with the move to digital distribution over the past 10-15 years have given new life to business models, which are more than 30 years old.

At the same time, on-demand technology has failed to deliver a truly attractive...

By Michael Lantz, 31 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, IPTV, Smart TV.

What's the outlook for IP connected devices within the home?

Connected TV penetration in North America and Western Europe will surge from just over 10% in 2011 to over 50% by 2017, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Blu-ray disc player penetration is expected to have a similar progression, increasing from about 25% in Western Europe and North America in 2011 to over 76% by 2017 (standalone and game consoles included). Meanwhile, game console penetration rates by 2017 are only expected to pass 61% in North America and 46% in Western Europe - with adoption rates significantly lower in other regions. There are four major connected...

By David H. Deans, 03 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IPTV, N America, Smart TV.

LG announces 3D-enabled game apps for Smart TV

The Korean electronics giant LG has announced that its Cinema 3D Smart TVs are to get a series of 3D game apps.

This has been described as an industry first, as until then these games were only available on 2D on smartphones and tablets via Apple’s App Store or on Google Play.

Five popular games have been launched initially, with more becoming available during August.

The five games are Air Penguin, Burn the City, Diversion, Downhill Bowling 2 and Frisbee Forever. The service will be available in all...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Asia, Cloud, IPTV, Smart TV.