UK digital video revenues pass £1bn for the first time

Digital revenues from services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky Store exceeded £1bn for the first time last year, according to new research. The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) claims that it is “almost certain” that video will become a majority-digital business in 2016, after digital video revenues grew by 30.3% year-on-year in 2015. Last […]

Samsung unveils first UHD Blu-ray player

Samsung has unveiled its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, promising a March 2016 US launch for the device. Showcasing the player at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Samsung said that the UBD-K8500 is High Dynamic Range (HDR)-compatible and offers four times the resolution and 64 times more detailed colour expression than […]

Connected TV penetration to reach 30% in 2020

The proportion of TV sets connected to the web will climb from just 4.5% at the end of 2010 to 29.9% by 2020, according to Digital TV Research. The report, which covers 51 countries, claims that the number of TV sets connected to the internet will reach 876 million by 2020, up from an expected […]

Ultra HD Blu-ray spec looks to boost physical media, will allow multiscreen viewing

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has completed the specification for its new Ultra HD Blu-ray format and released the new logo that will delineate Ultra HD Blu-ray products. The move is seen a key step in the fight-back by the physical media industry against what is expected to be a sharp decline in physical media consumption […]

European TVs with Netflix remote buttons available this month

A number of TV and Blu-ray player manufacturers will begin marketing devices with dedicated Netflix buttons on their remote controls in Europe from this month. Manufacturers Panasonic, Philips, Sony, Toshiba and Vestel have said they will sell devices with Netflix buttons in Europe. The remote controls will be included with 2015 as well as some […]

TV revenues to reach €424.7 billion in 2018 

Global TV revenues will climb from €368.9 billion in 2014 to €424.7 billion in 2018, marking an average annual growth rate of 3.6%, according to new stats by research and consultancy organisation IDATE. According to IDATE’s TV and video services report, pay TV will continue to be the main source of TV revenue up to 2018, […]

Connected TVs now in 42 million US homes

In the first quarter of the year, some 42 million homes in the US had a TV set that was connected to the internet, up from 36 million in Q1 2013, according to NPD. The research firm’s Connected Home Report said that most of the 6 million increase was driven by growth in the number […]

DVD viewing drops to just 55% of UK adults

The proportion of adults in the UK that regularly watch DVDs, videos or Blu-ray discs has fallen from 63% in 2012 to 55% in 2013, according to new Ofcom research. The UK broadcast regulator’s Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report said that the use of social networking sites was higher, remaining stable at 66% – […]

Vevo launches Samsung Smart TV app

Music video service Vevo has launched an app for Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, giving users access to its library of 75,000 music videos, original programming and live concerts.  The app will, by default, open to display Vevo’s always-on broadcast-style linear music channel, which it launched earlier this year. However, viewers can also select […]

TV consumer electronics market set for strong recovery

The TV consumer electronics market looks set to surge according to the latest report by Strategy Analytics, with more consumers in the US and Europe stating an intentio of buying HDTVs, Blu-ray players and connected TVs over the next year. According to Strategy Analytics’ ConsumerMetrix survey, 23% of respondents expect to buy an HDTV over […]