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Samsung continues to dominate CTV device market

The Samsung Tizen smart TV OS further extended its dominance in the CTV market as the top platform. According to Strategy Analytics, the number of Tizen devices in use worldwide increased by 21% year-on-year to 162.3 million in 2020. This makes Samsung’s platform the most used by a significant margin.  LG’s WebOS is sat in […]

Google introduces kids profiles for Google TV

Google has added separate profiles for children within its Google TV software. Parents can add an existing Google account for a child or create a new profile using their name and age. From there, parents have access to a range of controls over the kids profile. The main feature of this is an overarching one […]

Apple TV lands on Chromecast

Apple has finally brought its TV app to Google devices. Following an initial announcement in December 2020, the Apple TV app has arrived on the Chromecast with Google TV streaming device launched last year, with the app also coming to Google TVs from Sony and TCL.  Google previously said that it plans to bring the […]

YouTube Shorts comes to the US in March

YouTube has confirmed that it will bring the beta version of its TikTok-rivalling short-form video service to the US next month. Announced in a blog post outlining upcoming plans for the company, YouTube’s chief product officer Neal Mohan confirmed that the short-form video tool will come to the US in March. He wrote: “Currently, Shorts […]

YouTube first digital platform to receive MRC accreditation for protecting advertisers

YouTube has become the first digital platform to receive accreditation from the Media Rating Council (MRC), confirming that it adequately protects advertisers from inappropriate content. The US-based MRC was founded in the 1960s to measure audiences on media content. It said that it conducted an extensive audit of YouTube and its internal standards for determining […]

Ohsung unveils new Android TV remote control reference designs

Gumi, South Korea-based electronics company Ohsung Electronics has teamed up with Google and Telink Semiconductors to develop a new range of Android TV OS reference design remote controls. The new G10 and G20 Android TV OS reference design remote controls are now available.  Created in collaboration with Google, Ohsung Electronics says that the devices enable […]

TikTok launches Android TV app

TikTok has launched a big-screen app for Android TV. Looking like the app which launched in the UK on Samsung TVs late last year, videos play vertically in a main feed which provides access to specific categories. Users can also view their own and other profiles. There have however been multiple reports that the app […]

YouTube’s TikTok-like Shorts feature getting 3.5 billion views per day

YouTube Shorts, the TikTok-aping feature offered in the Google-owned video platform, is getting 3.5 billion views per day. The feature was first revealed in September, and is being beta tested in India to positive results while also being available in a number of other markets, CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote in a 2020 wrapup blog post. […]

YouTube launches ‘First 24 Hours’ analytics tool

YouTube has launched a new analytics tool that enables channels to track video performance over a 24-hour period. Housed within YouTube Studio, the ‘First 24 Hours’ features gives creators a new metric to view the performance of videos. The Google-owned video platform announced the update on its Creator Insider channel. The perceived wisdom of YouTube […]