Smart TV

Futuresource: smart TVs the top way to tune into Netflix

Viewing Netflix via smart TVs is the favourite way for customers to access content from the streaming service, according to Futuresource Consulting. Presenting data at the Futuresource New Content Horizons event in London yesterday, Futuresource senior market analyst, Jack Wetherill, said that the smart TV led in each of the six markets it had analysed. Spain […]

YouTube launches Kids app on smart TVs

YouTube is launching its YouTube Kids app on smart TVs around the world. As of yesterday the app is now available on LG, Samsung, and Sony smart TVs in the 26 countries YouTube Kids is currently launched. “We’ve heard from families that they love watching videos on all their devices so bringing the entertaining and […]

Samsung to launch smart TV services at CES

Samsung is set to introduce new smart TV services at CES this week, in a bid to offer personalised content to viewers based on their preferences. The services, named Sports and Music, will be offered through Samsung’s Smart Hub platform. The Smart TV Sports service will provide customised sports information – including fixture and score […]

UHD TV sets to account for 60% of total market by 2020

UHD TV shipments are forecast to account for 25% of all TV shipments this year, reflecting growth of 75% year-on-year, according to a report by Futuresource Consulting. Futuresource expects UHD TVs to be at the forefront of retailers’ marketing efforts, with discount offers driving sales. It expects UHD units to account for 60% of all […]

ONS survey highlights UK smart TV habits

Some 18% of adults in the UK watched internet streamed TV via a smart TV this year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). More than a quarter – 27% – of those aged 25 to 34 had watched internet streamed TV on a smart TV, according to the latest ONS Statistical Bulletin. Using […]

Kyivstar offering TV service via LG smart TVs

Ukrainian mobile and fixed telecom operator Kyivstar is making its TV service available via LG smart TVs without the need for a separate set-top box. Kyivstar’s Domashniy TV service will be available via the app store for LG smart TVs, enabling subscribers to enter their usernames and passwords to view channels direct from the app. […]

China takes top spot for large screen TVs as growth explodes

China has now emerged as the leading global market for large-screen TVs, with demand spiking by almost 80% in the first quarter of this year, according to figures compiled by IHS. According to the research group, growth in demand in China for screens larger than 55-inches has been fuelled by falling prices. Shipments to the […]

Samsung boosts UK Smart TV Hub gaming options

Samsung is bolstering its UK gaming line-up with the addition of the PlayStation Now and GameFly Streaming apps to its smart TV store. The new apps join a growing line-up of services available to download through its smart TV hub, which include Amazon Instant Video, Curzon Home Cinema, Mubi and YouTube. “At Samsung, we are […]

IHS: smart TV shipments exceed 100m units in 2015

For the first time global smart TV shipments exceeded 100 million units in 2015, according to new stats by IHS. The research firm said that in the fourth quarter alone 34.2 million smart TVs were shipped, accounting for 48.5% of all TVs sent out. IHS predicts that smart TV shipments will continue to grow at […]

Skype to drop support for its smart TV app

Skype is set to discontinue support for its smart TV voice and video calling service from this summer. In a post on its support site, Skype said that there will be no support or updates for the Skype for TV application starting this June and warned that “TV manufacturers may remove the Skype for TV […]