Smart TV


Apple to offer iTunes movies and TV shows via Samsung TVs

Apple and Samsung have reached a landmark deal that will make iTunes movies and TV shows available via Samsung TVs from later this year. The agreement, which was announced ahead of this week’s CES event in Las Vegas, marks the first time that iTunes content will be available via smart TVs, with a new iTunes […]

Parks: 83% of US smart TV owners connect their set to the web

Some 83% of US smart TV owners now connect their device to the internet, up from 70% in 2014, according to new research by Parks Associates. The study claims that smart TV ownership increased from 34% to 53% of US broadband households between 2014 and 2018, while ownership of streaming media players has grown from […]

NTV+ now available as smart TV app

Russian service provider NTV+ has launched a smart TV app for Samsung TVs, enabling subscribers to access its service without the need for a set-top box or conditional access module. NTV+ subscribers can log onto the app on Samsung smart TVs and access their existing subscription offerings, new users must register and can then subscribe […]

Ofcom: smart TVs, smartphones and wearables are on the up

Smart TVs, smart watches and smartphones are among the digital devices that have seen “significant increases in ownership” in recent years, according to Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator said that Brits are “ditching their DVD players and desktop PCs” and increasingly turning to newer technology – with smartphones now found in 78% of homes, up […]

NPD: 210m smart TV devices installed in the US

In the US there were 210 million devices that delivered internet connectivity to consumers’ TV sets at the end of 2017, according to new stats released by NPD Group. The research firm said it expects the number of TV-connected devices – including smart TVs, video game consoles, Blu-ray players and streaming media players – to […]

NexPlayer develops video player for all smart TVs

NexPlayer has developed a video player for all smart TV devices that offers the same feature set available on Android and iOS. The company said it lets customers manage one player for all smart TV devices. NexPlayer SDK is optimised for Android TV devices while NexPlayer HTML5 can be integrated into Samsung Tizen or LG […]

ProSiebenSat.1 revamps red button offering via HbbTV

ProSiebenSat.1 has rolled out a new red button offering for smart TVs in Germany, based on the HbbTV standard. The new red button portal offers full TV episodes and content, with the media library organised by topic into playlists. Smart TV users can access entertainment from the ProSieben, Sat.1, Kabel Eins, Sixx, ProSieben Maxx, Sat.1 […]

BBC adds green button programme restart for smart TVs

The BBC has added live-programme restart for its channels on smart TVs, which users can access by pressing the green button on their remote. Viewers are now able to watch BBC programmes from the beginning while they’re still being broadcast by pressing the green button, which loads the BBC iPlayer and automatically starts the show […]

Orange Spain launches cloud DVR and new packages

Orange España has unveiled a series of improvements to its TV offering. The Spanish operator is launching a new cloud DVR service enabling subscribers to record up to 350 hours of content for a duration of up to six months. Orange has also launched an improved app for smart TVs that it says is more […]

IHS Markit: 70% of TV shipments to be smart sets in 2018

The global unit-share of smart TVs is expected to reach 70% of all TV shipments in 2018, up from 45% in 2015 and 64% in 2017, according to IHS Markit. The research firm said that global TV shipments are recovering in 2018, with shipments up 3.5% to 223 million units thanks to price erosion from […]

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