Connected TV


eMarketer: US connected TV user numbers to reach 182m in 2018

There will be 182.6 million connected TV users in the US this year, up 8.1% from 2017, according to eMarketer estimates. The research firm said that some 55.5% of the US population will use connected TVs this year and tipped this to rise to 60.1% in 2022 when the number of smart TV users reaches […]

More than two thirds of US homes have a connected TV

Some 69% of US television households now have at least one TV set connected to the internet, up from 24% in 2010 and 50% in 2014. This is according to new stats from Leichtman Research Group, which said there are now more connected TV devices in US households than there are pay TV set-top boxes. […]

Tricolor TV to launch connected TV and extended TV everywhere

Russia pay TV leader Tricolor TV plans to launch internet-connected TV services as well as making TV everywhere services available to subscribers on the go as well as those at home this year, according to CEO Alexei Kholodov. In an interview with local title The Standard, Kholodov also said there was plenty of room for […]

BBC rolls out personalisation for connected TVs

The BBC is rolling out new iPlayer personalisation features for connected TV viewers, in a bid to make it easier to move from device to device. A new ‘Pin and Pair’ sign-in option on connected TVs will let iPlayer viewers twin their computer, tablet or smartphone to their main TV, meaning they can start watching […]

BBC reports record iPlayer traffic over New Year

The BBC said that it received more iPlayer programme requests in the week from December 26 to January 1 than during any other week in the history of the catch-up service. Announcing iPlayer stats for the festive period, the BBC said that during the week of New Year, 69.3 million programme requests were made. December […]

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 […]

DTG adds Freeview Play support with D-Book 8 release

UK TV technical standards body the DTG has introduced support for the forthcoming Freeview Play connected TV service in the latest edition of the D-Book, the official document for digital-terrestrial TV technology guidelines in the UK.  D-Book 8 includes a set of technology foundations for the new service, according to the DTG. Freeview Play is […]

Freeview unveils connected platform, Freeview Play

UK DTT platform Freeview has unveiled details of its new connected TV platform, Freeview Play, which it will launch alongside new company branding later this year. At a press conference in London this morning, Freeview managing director Guy North said that Freeview Play marked an “evolution” for the Freeview brand and would take viewers from digital […]

Digital UK awards contracts for connected Freeview service

Digital UK has signed contracts for the building and testing of Freeview’s new branded connected TV service. Arqiva has been awarded the contract to provide the metadata system at the heart of the new service, while Digital TV Labs and DTG Testing have signed contracts to test the service. “These agreements are a crucial step […]

Connected TVs now used in 49% of US households

Some 49% of US households now have at least one TV set connected to the web, up from 38% in 2012 and 24% in 2010, according to new research by Leichtman Research Group. The firm – which counted TVs connected via a video game system, Blu-ray player, smart TV, or stand-alone device like Roku, Apple […]

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