Connected TV


Freeview and Digital UK take on YouView with connected TV service

UK DTT platform Freeview is set to launch a new connected TV service, with support from four of the seven backers of existing rival YouView.  The Freeview-branded service will launch in partnership with Digital UK – an organisation owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva – and is designed to make “the best […]

Majority of US UltraViolet users now access content on TVs

More than half of the 16 million users of UltraViolet in the US now view cloud content on a TV, according to stats by NPD.  The research firm said that, as of February, 61% of US UltraViolet users had watched a movie from their cloud-based UV library on a TV, up from just 43% in […]

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 […]

Freetime connected TV boost for Freesat

Freetime connected TV set-tops now account for 40% of UK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat’s installed base after strong growth in the fourth quarter of last year.  Sales of Freetime connected DVR boxes grew 160% year-on-year. Freesat itself added 31,000 new households in the quarter to December and the platform now reaches over 1.8 million homes. […]

Sky reports ‘explosive’ connected TV growth

UK satellite TV operator Sky reported “explosive growth” in its connected TV subscriber base, adding a record 1 million web-connected Sky+HD boxes in the three months ending December 31. Announcing its fiscal Q2 and half-year results, Sky said that 4.4 million of its TV customers now have a Sky+HD box – double the figure compared […]

OTT service Wuaki launches on Panasonic TVs

Wuaki.tv, the OTT service recently launched in the UK, has cut a deal with Panasonic and will make its service available through the consumer electronics firm’s connected TVs. Consumers in the UK will need to download the relevant app to access Wuaki via their Panasonic set. The TV series and movies streaming service is owned […]

Connected sets to account for 27% of TVs by 2018

The number of TV sets that are connected to the web will reach 759 million by 2018, accounting for 26.8% of global TV sets, according to a new study by Digital TV Research.  The Connected TV Forecasts report, which covers 40 countries, anticipates a “massive boom” in connected televisions, with this figure due to climb […]

Connected TV market surging in MENA

The connected TV market is rapidly evolving in the Middle East and Africa with increasing sales of connected device fuelling demand for OTT, cloud and multiscreen services, according to Informa Telecoms & Media.  The research firm said 6.5 million tablets were sold across the Middle East and Africa in 2012, with this figure forecast to […]

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 […]

UPC Cablecom starts smart TV testing with S3 Group

Liberty Global-owned Swiss operator UPC Cablecom has extended its deal with TV content delivery specialist S3 Group to include automated testing for connected TVs. UPC Cablecom will extend the use of S3 Group’s StormTest Development Center – a digital TV test automation platform – to include smart TVs, which UPC described as a one element of […]