Connected TV

Google reportedly teaming up with Vizio for casting direct to TVs

Google is teaming up with TV manufacturer Vizio to make casting capability from a mobile device available on Vizio TVs without the need to open up an app on the device, according to a report by Variety. According to the paper, Vizio is to launch a range of TVs with casting capabilities. Google has already […]

Digital UK opens up Freeview Play specification

Digital UK has published the technical specification for connected TV service Freeview Play, opening it up to broadcasters, platforms and equipment manufacturers. The specification, which detail the technologies required to design and implement Freeview Play TVs and boxes, was previously only available via formal registration. Digital UK, a non-profit organisation that supports the UK’s terrestrial […]

Popcornflix launches on Apple TV

Free, ad-supported movie and TV streaming service, Popcornflix, has launched on Apple TV. With the move, Popcornflix said its service can now be found on all leading set-top boxes and games consoles in the US, as well as in more than 60 other countries around the world. “I’m proud of the team here at Popcornflix for […]

NetRange adds watchmi app

White label smart TV portal provider NetRange has teamed up with Funke Digital TV Guide to give smart TV users in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein access to the Themenkanäle von watchmi app on devices with the NetRange Portal. NetRange is avaible on smart TV brands including Loewe, Sharp, TCL, Skyworth and Changhong. Themenkanäle […]

Samsung UK claims 2.5m weekly visitors to smart TV platform

Samsung UK said that its Smart Hub smart TV platform has now passed 2.5 million unique users per week, marking a 33% increase in users over six months. Samsung said that the “landmark user numbers” reinforced Samsung’s position as the number one smart TV brand in the UK, with viewers using the Smart Hub to […]

TDG: smart TVs the preferred streaming platform

Over-the-top video users prefer to watch using the native connectivity of a smart TV, rather than other TV streaming devices, according to new research. The Diffusion Group (TDG) study said that despite the widespread availability of inexpensive TV streaming devices, 32% of OTT TV users preferred watching direct via a smart TV. Game consoles came in […]

Connected TVs most popular for Xmas iPlayer viewing

Connected TVs were the most popular devices for watching the BBC iPlayer over the Christmas period, with 38% of people browsing for programmes via television, according to BBC stats. The UK public broadcaster said that unique browsers on connected TVs were up 32% over the ‘festive fortnight’ compared to the same period in 2014, with […]

Molotov signs partnership with Samsung in France

Molotov, the new French OTT service from former Canal+ boss Pierre Lescure, has signed a deal with Samsung Electronics France ahead of its official launch early this year. The TV service will now be available across the entire Samsung product range sold in France – including smart TVs, tablets and mobiles, as well as a product […]

Toon Goggles to appear on Philips TVs around the world

US-based Toon Goggles has signed a deal with Philips that will put the kids video-on-demand service on Philips smart and Android TVs around the world. Announcing the deal the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Toon Goggles CEO Stephen Hodge said: “The Toon Goggles service, which highlights some of Europe’s best animation, lends itself perfectly to […]

Freeview Play to launch on LG smart TVs

Freeview Play, the connected TV service from UK digital-terrestrial TV provider Freeview, will launch on LG Smart TVs in the first half of 2016. The offering will be available on LG TVs running webOS 3.0, enabling UK viewers to access live television, catch-up TV from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, and on-demand […]