Roku to expand US footprint with Sharp partnership

Roku has expanded its TV business via a partnership with Sharp in the US. The deal will see Sharp leverage the Roku TV hardware reference design and Roku OS to launch a number of HD and 4K TV models in 2022. Roku said that the Sharp Roku TV models will come integrated with Roku OS, […]

Vodafone and TiVo extend licencing deal

TiVo has announced the renewal of its long-term relationship with Vodafone across Europe and Africa. The new multi-year agreements will provide Vodafone access to TiVo’s products and a licence to its patent portfolio. In particular, the deal will allow Vodafone to utilise TiVo’s solutions and services on its VTV platform, including the company’s Conversational Voice […]

Sharp files lawsuit against Vizio

Sharp has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against TV maker Vizio and two of its partners. The Foxconn-owned business is seeking an injunction to ban one of Vizio’s TV products in the US. Sharp owns over 10,000 display patents in China, Japan and the US. Sharp said that Vizio’s 70-inch TV uses LCD panels that […]

Netgem and Sharp partner for telco-oriented smart soundbar

Connected home company Netgem has launched the second generation of its smart soundbar for telcos. Developed in partnership with Sharp and designed by a well-known designer team, the premium compact soundbar offers an all-in-one home system, managed by operators. The Soundbox is fully integrated with the Netgem back-end, multiscreen solutions, and tools for telcos.  Features […]

Sharp agrees to Foxconn takeover

Japanese electronics manufacturer and TV maker Sharp has agreed to a multi-billion dollar takeover by Taiwan’s Foxconn. Sharp said it will issue and sell JPY489 billion (€4 billion)-worth of new shares to Foxconn, known officially as Hon Hai, which will become the controlling shareholder in Sharp with a two-thirds stake. However, following the announcement, Foxconn […]

Foxconn expected to complete Sharp deal this month

Foxconn is expected to finalise a takeover deal for electronics firm Sharp by the end of this month, according to reports. Reuters reported on Friday that Foxconn, which is known officially as Hon Hai, has reached consensus on “most points” with Sharp and has offered a deal worth  around 659 billion yen (€5.08 billion). The […]

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 […]

Foxxum secures place on Sharp smart TVs in Europe

Consumer electronics manufacturer UMC Slovakia, which holds the licence to the Sharp brand in Europe, has teamed up with smart TV content and app specialist Foxxum to integrate Foxxum’s smart TV platform into all new Sharp TV models sold in Europe. Under the five-year deal, users of Sharp smart TVs will gain access to Foxxum’s […]

Sharp 4K TVs to include Espial software

Sharp’s new line of Aquos 4K Next Ultra HD LCD televisions will incorporate Espial’s HTML5 client software. The new TVs, which begin shipping in Japan next month, will include advanced TV functionality, over-the-top video services, internet applications and the new IPTV Forum-defined Hybridcast system, which combines broadcast and broadband to create an ecosystem of TV and web […]

Roku adds Sharp to smart TV partners line-up

Smart TV device manufacturer Roku has added TV manufacturer Sharp to its roster of partners, and Sharp will integrate Roku software in its next generation of smart TVs in the US market.  Sharp Roku TVs will use the Roku TV reference design and feature the Roku operating system. The devices will feature 1080p Full HD […]