Connected TV

Facebook to stream FA Cup match

Facebook will stream live football on its UK site for the first time tomorrow, when it airs the opening match of the English FA Cup tournament. A live stream from the Ascot United versus Wembley FC match will be available via an app on Facebook’s UK site. Budweiser, the FA Cup’s sponsor, struck the deal. […]

Connected TV revenues to reach US$95 billion in 2015

Internet-connected devices will account for 70% of all consumer electronics revenues this year, according to research by Strategy Analytics. According to the research group, some two billion connected devices will have been sold by the end of this year. Strategy Analytics predicts that global connected TV revenues will exceed US$95 billion (€66 billion) in 2015, […]

HD Plus to deliver internet-connected set-tops

NetRange NMH has been contracted to develop and operate a portal for internet-enabled satellite receivers for HD Plus, satellite operator SES Astra’s German HD platform. New compatible receivers for the HD Plus service will be equipped with Hamburg-based NetRange NMH’s HD InterActive feature.

Motorola acquisition could boost Google in TV business

Google is to acquire Motorola Mobility for approximately US$12.5 billion (€8.8 billion), representing a 63% premium on the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday. While Google’s acquisition of the company is being seen by observers primarily as a way for it to strengthen the position of the Android operating platform in the smartphone […]

Ofcom: connected TV sales far outstrip 3D TVs in UK

Almost ten times as many connected TVs were sold in the UK last year compared to 3D TVs. According to regulator Ofcom’s Communications Market Report, there were close to one million internet-enabled TV sales during 2010, compared to 125,000 sales of 3D TVs. The survey also found that over half of UK households have a […]

Apple to launch connected TVs in six months, says analyst

Apple could launch three connected TV models next year, according to Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry. Chowdry issued a note to investors suggesting that Apple will launch three sets in March based on a chip developed by PA Semi. He said he had obtained the information from a number of developer events. Apple, which […]

Spanish broadcasters team up for connected TV trial

Telco Telefónica, public broadcaster RTVE and Mediaset Spain (owner of commercial broadcaster Telecinco) have teamed up to trial HbbTV services in Spain. Telefónica is providing infrastructure for the connected TV trial, which will last until the end of the year ahead of the possible launch of services in 2012. Telecinco chief Paolo Vasile, RTVE corporate […]

TV Genius launches Facebook-integrated EPG

Recommendation engine specialist TV Genius has launched a TV guide that integrates with social network site Facebook.
 The new solution uses TV Genius’ Content Discovery Platform to personalise TV guides. When a user logs into the EPG with Facebook Connect, all the shows their friends like are highlighted in the grid. The cloud-based solution means […]

Only connect

Hybrid platforms and connected TVs have been key topics of late, with interest fuelled by initiatives such as Project Canvas in the UK and HbbTV. Stuart Thomson looks at how service providers may stand to gain or lose from new technological innovations. In the eyes of a number of observers, hybrid platforms are increasingly seen […]

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