Rakuten TV to triple market reach this year

Rakuten TV is looking to triple its market presence to 40 territories in 2019 via partnerships with Samsung, LG, Philips and Hisense. Rakuten will offer integrated content within the manufacturers’ Smart TV remote controls, which directly links to the Rakuten TV streaming service. With this move, the VOD platform says it will simultaneously increase its […]

Tellybean updates Android TV video-call software

Video-call specialist Tellybean is updating its Android TV software for Philips TVs, making its service available on the Android TV home screen and pre-installed on new Philips TVs. Using the Tellybean Camera app, users can turn their Android phone into a ‘wireless webcam’ allowing them to video call to the TV. Tellybean is also working […]

Divan.TV goes global with smart TV app

Ukrainian OTT service Divan.TV has expanded the availability of its smart TV app globally, taking the service to smart TV users in almost 200 territories, according to the company. The OTT service is now available on Philips, Samsung and LG smart television platforms and says it may also launch on Hisense and TCL’s platforms to […]

Philips includes HDR in 2016 Ultra HD TV lineup

The entire 2016 Ultra HD Philips TV range will be high dynamic range (HDR) compatible, according to TP Vision – the company that manufactures Philips-branded sets. TP Vision said that HDR capability will feature from its 6000 range of TVs onwards and that its immersive Ambilight technology will now appear throughout its UHD range, except […]

Toon Goggles to appear on Philips TVs around the world

US-based Toon Goggles has signed a deal with Philips that will put the kids video-on-demand service on Philips smart and Android TVs around the world. Announcing the deal the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Toon Goggles CEO Stephen Hodge said: “The Toon Goggles service, which highlights some of Europe’s best animation, lends itself perfectly to […]

Technicolor and Philips partner on HDR

Technicolor and Philips have merged their High Dynamic Range (HDR) development efforts in a bid to accelerate deployment of the technology. The agreement will see the companies merge their delivery roadmaps for HDR solutions – including content creation tools, encoding and decoding software and implementation support. Technicolor and Philips said they will offer HDR delivery […]

Chromecast continues to lead streaming device market

Google’s Chromecast led the global digital media streamer market for the fifth consecutive quarter in Q3, accounting for 35% market share, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm’s ‘Global Connected TV Device Vendor Market Share: Q3 2015’ report said that global shipments of digital media steamer devices reached 9.2 million in the third quarter. Chromecast […]

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 […]

Google gears up for spring Android TV launches

Google’s new television-optimised Android TV operating system will start to ship this spring in TVs manufactured by Sony, Sharp and TP Vision, which makes a range of Philips TVs. Announcing the roll-out to coincide with demos of various Android TV products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Google said that a new games […]

Media organiser Plex launches on Opera TV

Personal media organiser Plex is now available as an app in the Opera TV Store, a platform that is available on smart TV sets and devices by the likes of Sony, TiVo, Samsung, and Philips. Plex’s free media server lets users share media – including photos, home movies, music and movie collections – between devices […]

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