Connected TV

Vestel to launch Freeview Play TVs

Multi-brand TV manufacturer Vestel is gearing up to launch a range of Freeview Play TVs in the UK market. Vestel’s Freeview Play range will include HD TVs and 4K Ultra HD models, allowing users to access Freeview’s connected DTT platform without connecting to a separate set-top box. “With this launch, we’re tapping into the real […]

ONS survey highlights UK smart TV habits

Some 18% of adults in the UK watched internet streamed TV via a smart TV this year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). More than a quarter – 27% – of those aged 25 to 34 had watched internet streamed TV on a smart TV, according to the latest ONS Statistical Bulletin. Using […]

Kyivstar offering TV service via LG smart TVs

Ukrainian mobile and fixed telecom operator Kyivstar is making its TV service available via LG smart TVs without the need for a separate set-top box. Kyivstar’s Domashniy TV service will be available via the app store for LG smart TVs, enabling subscribers to enter their usernames and passwords to view channels direct from the app. […]

Samsung boosts UK Smart TV Hub gaming options

Samsung is bolstering its UK gaming line-up with the addition of the PlayStation Now and GameFly Streaming apps to its smart TV store. The new apps join a growing line-up of services available to download through its smart TV hub, which include Amazon Instant Video, Curzon Home Cinema, Mubi and YouTube. “At Samsung, we are […]

Polaroid partners with Google in smart TV move

Iconic camera brand Polaroid is making a push into the smart TV space, unveiling its first line of Google-powered, 4K TV models. The Ultra HD, LED televisions are due to start shipping this summer and will incorporate Google’s Cast technology, allowing viewers to ‘cast’ entertainment, movie and music content from their phone, tablet or laptop […]

Vestel taps Opera for HbbTV 2.0 smart TVs

TV software provider Opera and manufacturer Vestel are teaming up to deliver HbbTV-enabled smart TV services. Opera TV’s software will be incorporated in the new line of Vestel TVs, to provide customers with Ultra HD content and interactive services based on the HbbTV 2.0 specification. According to the pair, viewers will have harmonised access to […]

Skype to drop support for its smart TV app

Skype is set to discontinue support for its smart TV voice and video calling service from this summer. In a post on its support site, Skype said that there will be no support or updates for the Skype for TV application starting this June and warned that “TV manufacturers may remove the Skype for TV […]

Over half of US homes now have TV connected to the internet

Over half of US homes with an internet connection now have at least one TV connected to the web, an increase of six million homes over the past year, according to NPD Group. According to the research outfit’s Connected Home Entertainment Report, the average connected TV home had an average of 2.9 devices installed that […]

IHS: TV shipments fall 4% in 2015

Total annual TV shipments fell 4% year-over-year to 226 million units in 2015, according to new research by IHS. The research firm said that shipments of LCD TVs, the dominant display technology, fell less than 1% in 2015 to 224 million units, compared to a 7% increase in 2014. Plasma and CRT shipments have fallen […]

GS Group launches Russian game console with set-top capability

Russian technology company GS Group has launched a new game console with HD set-top box capability for the domestic market. The GS Gamekit is available from General Satellite equipment retailers and from the sales network of the Tricolor TV pay TV service. The Android OS-based device features games from developers including Creative Mobile, Sperasoft, Handy […]