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Connected TV device ownership hits half a billion units

Global ownership of connected TV devices – including smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and digital media streamers – reached 500 million units in Q2 2014, according to StrategyAnalytics.  The research firm said that the half billion milestone marks a 34% increase compared to the same period in 2013, and a 7% rise quarter-over-quarter, with […]

Hulu revamps Hulu Plus app for iPhone

Hulu has revamped its Hulu Plus app for the iPhone, with a new design and contextually grouped search results.  Hulu has updated the app’s navigation panel and has added a ‘shows you watch’ and a ‘home’ panel, the latter of which represents the best content of the day on Hulu, as picked by Hulu’s editorial […]

TV is ‘stuck in the seventies’, says Apple CEO

TV is an area that Apple “continues to look at,” with today’s television experience “stuck back in the seventies,” according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.  Appearing on US talkshow, The Charlie Rose Show, following last week’s announcement of the new Apple Watch, Cook said that though Apple’s existing Apple TV streaming box has grown to […]

Streaming media player ownership reaches 17% in US

Some 17% of US households owned streaming media players in Q2, after 6 million were added in the past year, according to new research by the NPD Group.  The research firm said that it expects streaming media player ownership to increase to 39% of US internet households by the beginning of 2017, driven by more […]

SVT Play added to Apple TV

Swedish on-demand service SVT Play is now available in the Scandinavian territory through the Apple TV platform. SVT play is one of two major on-demand brands Swedish pubcaster SVT offers viewers, and provides on-demand programming and live TV. It has now been added to the Apple TV streaming content bouquet. “We are constantly working to […]

Android TV could disrupt streaming media player market

Google’s forthcoming Android TV platform could have a major disruptive impact on the growing streaming media player business, with Roku likely to be vulnerable to an Android assault on the market, according to research by IHS Technology. According to IHS, the global base of streaming media players will reach 50 million units by the end […]

Apple reportedly building own CDN, strikes interconnect deals

Apple has recently launched its own content delivery network (CDN) in the US and Europe, and has signed interconnect deals with a number of ISPs, according to a US report. According to US news and analysis services Streamingmedia.com, Apple has been working on its CDN since last year and is now using its own infrastructure […]

Vivendi secures windfall on completion of Beats deal

French media giant Vivendi’s Unversal Music Group subsidiary has completed the sale of its stake in headphones and streaming audio provider Beats to Apple. The sale of the 13% stake netted US$404 million (€300 million) for Vivendi. Vivendi’s announcement marks the completion of Apple’s US$3 billion acquisition of Beats, following last’s week’s approval of the […]

OTT Acorn grows onto iPads and iPhones

Acorn TV, the US streaming service programmed with UK-centric content, has launched on Apple devices. An Acorn app is now available in Apple’s online store, allowing iPad and iPhone owners to watch Acorn’s shows on their devices. Acorn, which launched in 2011, offers customers a free month-long trial and costs US$4.99 (€3.72) a month thereafter, […]

Google and Apple ‘could beat Fox to Time Warner’

Tech giants Google and Apple could try to grab Time Warner from under the nose of 21st Century Fox, according to corporate finance group Moody’s. Fox’s US$80 billion bid for Time Warner could “prompt other offers, even from technology giants”, Moody’s suggested. The fact Time Warner publicly acknowledged the Fox offer “puts the company in […]

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