According to Santa Clara, California-based firm DisplaySearch research, by the end of 2015, over 500M connected TVs will have shipped. Products launched by TV manufacturers in 2011 show how critical internet services are to the future of TV. In 2011, more than 25% of all flat panel TVs shipped are expected to have some form of internet connectivity. According to the DisplaySearch Q2’11 Quarterly TV Design and Features Report, this number is forecast to grow to 138M units in 2015, accounting for 47% of all flat panel TVs shipped.
“The adoption of connected TV is not just taking place in developed regions,” said Paul Gray, DisplaySearch Director of TV Electronics Research. “Emerging markets often have good broadband services, and there is a thirst from consumers to get the best content available.”
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The uptick in sales of connected TVs is attributed to the continued worldwide growth in broadband adoption, particularly in developing countries, as well as the recent decision by the Indian government to switch off analog terrestrial signals and move to DVB-T2 by 2015.
WiFi technologies are the foundation of connected TVs and services like WiFi Direct, a new wireless broadband standard that simplifies the process of connecting TVs to the Internet, enable the TV to partner more readily with handheld devices in the home, such as smartphones and tablets, DisplaySearch said.
More than 98 million TV sets with 802.11 wireless networking built in will ship by 2015, the firm predicted. “We expect that in 2015, 35 percent of 46-inch or larger TV sets in North America will be smart TVs, defined as having the following capabilities: able to retrieve content from the Internet without the restrictions of a portal; intelligent search and recommendations; upgradeable by its owner; and able to network seamlessly with other devices in the home,” said Paul Gray, DisplaySearch Director of TV Electronics Research.
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The DisplaySearch “Quarterly TV Design and Features Report” is a quarterly update of the issues and rapid shifts in feature development in TV sets.
Social media is bringing dramatic changes to nearly every aspect of the TV business. Viewers are using Facebook and Twitter to comment about shows before, during and after they air. Television networks, grappling with the fragmentation of their audience, are experimenting with mobile apps, Twitter promotions and branded social networks in an effort to bring viewers back together. And a variety of other stakeholders are getting in on the social action as well.
“Experimentation still rules the day,” said Debra Aho Williamson, eMarketer principal analyst and author of the new report, “Socializing the TV Experience.” “There is a great deal of uncertainty about the paths that social media and TV will take, and the extent to which they will converge over time.”
The many players involved are chasing a small but growing user base. While 43% of online adults have gone online or used social media to engage with TV programming in some way, according to 24/7 Wall St. and Harris Poll, only 17% said they do it while they are watching TV.
But the youngest respondents in the 24/7 and Harris survey—those ages 18 to 34—were significantly more likely than older respondents to have made the social/TV connection. And TV-related properties have become popular in social media. Just as consumers have shown their support by “liking” brand pages on Facebook and following companies on Twitter, they have turned to social media to share their TV-viewing experience.
When it comes to socializing TV in real time, Twitter has emerged as the leader. TV networks have begun to insert hashtags on-screen in an effort to bring real-time conversations together under a common banner, and encouraging actors and other talent to live-tweet to boost engagement.
When “Survivor” host Jeff Probst, for example, began live-tweeting during episodes of the reality program during the spring 2011 season, thousands of viewers followed his lead.
“Given the amount of activity surrounding social media and TV, some level of convergence is inevitable,” said Williamson. “But trends like timeshifting pose a potential obstacle—there’s not much pleasure in sharing your thoughts about a show when you’re watching it after it first aired. For the networks, social media may be one of the last best ways to bring viewers back together again.”
The full report, “Socializing the TV Experience” also answers these key questions:
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A fresh report due in July from Informa Telecoms & Media states that global sales of connected TVs will fly by games consoles for the first time in 2011. Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony will sell 37 million consoles this year, but consumers will buy 52 million connected TVs from the likes of Samsung, Sony and LG.
According to the report authors, the issue facing CE manufacturers is how to take advantage of forecasted burgeoning connected devices sales and whether they want to be a power gatekeepers or simply service providers.
“The market for connected devices - TVs, Blu-ray players, games consoles, media-streaming devices and hybrid set-top boxes - is continuing to grow globally, as consumers seek to access services such as Netflix and iPlayer via their TVs," said Andrew Ladbrook, analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, in a statement. "In 2016, 1.8 billion in-home video devices - including tablets - will be sold, an increase of almost 800 percent from today.”
Informa adds that the biggest losers will be media-streaming devices, like Apple TV. For Apple to effectively compete in this arena, Informa says, Apple must launch a TV, or turn Apple TV into something more than a convenient way to access video via iTunes.
The consumer electronics manufacturers giants like Samsung, LG and Sony stand to make the biggest gains but TV manufacturers will be faced with a conflict of interest. Do they take the reins of the horse or simply get in the carriage for the ride? Connected TV has the potential to be extremely disruptive to the traditional value chain in TV but it's also not very familiar territory for the CE builders.
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"These established companies should be wary of Chinese manufacturers such as Hisense and TCL," added Ladbrook. "These manufacturers are following the high-volume, low-price model laid down by Samsung and are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries of connected TVs as the Chinese market burgeons to sales of over 47 million in 2016.
Virgin Media’s multi-million pound ad campaign is fronted by Marc
Warren, star of Hustle and Mad Dogs. Created by DDB UK, the campaign
involves TV, digital, print, retail, experiential and social media,
beginning today with three ten-second TV spots and a raft of print ads
which highlight the hugely positive reception the Virgin Media: TiVo
Service has enjoyed since it launched in December 2010. The campaign
continues on Saturday with Marc Warren featuring in three 30-second TV
spots, exploring the TiVo service’s simple solutions to the increasingly
complex choices facing viewers today. Set against a clean, white
backdrop, Marc is faced with a carousel of spinning TVs, catapulted
screens and falling TVs, before demonstrating the TiVo service’s ability
to search through a wide choice of programmes to find your favourite
shows quicker than ever; avoiding clashes by recording three shows
whilst watching a fourth; and making sure you never miss the start of
your favourite series by setting a WishListTM, providing the viewer with
the ultimate control of their TV.
Nigel Gilbert, chief marketing officer, Virgin Media, said:
Nigel Gilbert, chief marketing officer, Virgin Media, said:
“Virgin Media is leading a much-anticipated revolution in the way people enjoy their favourite shows and our new advertising campaign is focused simply on the great stuff on offer from our new TiVo box. We know the features and functions our customers have already fallen in love with and are making the most of a fully integrated campaign to cut through the noise and highlight these stand-out attributes. We’re inviting people to take a look at our brilliant new service and interact with TiVo’s iconic ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs down’ buttons online to discover even more.”
Guy Bradbury, creative director at DDB UK said
Guy Bradbury, creative director at DDB UK said
“We’ve developed a campaign with the necessary depth for Virgin Media’s new TiVo service. The campaign sign-off of ‘We think it’s the best way to watch TV, but what do you think?’ invites the audience to interact with the campaign, showing the confidence Virgin Media has to engage with consumers which comes from the game changing nature of the Virgin Media: TiVo Service itself.”
From Saturday, Virgin Media’s campaign will invite people to visit www.virginmedia.com/tivo
to explore an interactive video journey and discover more of the TiVo
service’s next generation features for themselves. From a 1TB hard
drive, able to record up to 500 hours of content, the ability to scroll
back in time and through the past seven days on the EPG and the ability
to rate shows with thumbs up and thumbs down buttons and receive
recommendations based on a viewer’s preferences, visitors to www.virginmedia.com/tivo can interact with the site and give their favourite Virgin Media: TiVo Service feature a big thumbs up.
From Saturday, Virgin Media’s campaign will invite people to visit www.virginmedia.com/tivo to explore an interactive video journey and discover more of the TiVo service’s next generation features for themselves. From a 1TB hard drive, able to record up to 500 hours of content, the ability to scroll back in time and through the past seven days on the EPG and the ability to rate shows with thumbs up and thumbs down buttons and receive recommendations based on a viewer’s preferences, visitors to www.virginmedia.com/tivo can interact with the site and give their favourite Virgin Media: TiVo Service feature a big thumbs up.Virgin Media today unveiled the first advertising campaign for its next generation Virgin Media: TiVo® Service. Promising to be the best way to watch TV, ever, the TiVo service combines the live TV schedule with catch-up TV, a huge library of on-demand programming and popular web-based applications alongside a market-leading personal video recorder. With a simple way of finding great content and intelligent recommendations based on a household’s telly habits, the new service makes it easier than ever for Virgin Media customers to discover new types of entertainment they’ll love.
Yidio, a leading independent online television guide, today launched the first multi-channel personalized newsfeed for television and movies that "brings TV to you." The public beta launch of Yidio Alerts services for Facebook, email and Twitter demonstrates the scalability and flexibility of the core Yidio API and program guide to aggregate normalize and broadcast complex entertainment information. With innovation in entertainment programming exploding, a dizzying array of new devices coming available every day, and an ever-growing appetite for TV, consumer choices for viewing are complicated. Yidio Alerts makes it easy to find watch and share TV and movies.
TV fans can now sign up to get push notifications for new episode broadcast airings, new online streaming episode availability, and new articles published on their favorite TV shows & movies. The alerts can be delivered by email, Facebook, Twitter, or viewed on the Yidio website.
How Yidio Alerts Works:
Import Your Favorites: Users can import any TV show or movie favorite from their Facebook profile, enter favorite shows at signup or add shows to notifications and favorites whenever they use Yidio.
Choose Your News: Alerts include new episode airing day, time and network; new episodes available online to stream with links; and original news stories.
Pick Your Channel: Users can select their preferred communication method, via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
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"Just because TV is everywhere doesn't mean you should have to look all over to find it," said Brandon Eatros, CEO of Yidio, "Yidio Alerts bring all your TV to you, leveraging the pre-eminent social channels to deliver a personalized, prioritized, TV guide."
AKQA, an independent, ideas-led global agency has won a plethora of awards at the 58th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France this week including, one of the most intriguing two screen real time sports apps every built - called Starplayer - for Heineken.
The Gold for Heineken’s StarPlayer in the Cyber Lion Mobile category is a first in social media and dual-screen gaming as it transforms TV watching into an interactive experience for football fans and it taps into the competitive banter of viewers by creating a live, competitive and social TV game experience that can be played at home.
James Hilton, AKQA’s Chief Creative Officer, commented:
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“I am extremely proud of our teams’ incredible achievements for our Heineken and Nike clients.”
“It’s very satisfying to see our mobile advertising and social media campaigns recognized at the Cannes Lions, the world’s most respected global advertising competition,” stated Tom Bedecarre, AKQA CEO. “We continue to develop our social media capabilities and AKQA was recently certified by Facebook as an approved Facebook Ads API tools vendor,” Bedecarre added.
Oxygen Accelerator, A ‘BOOT CAMP’ programme for technology start-up businesses, has put up a £75,000 prize to be won by one of the 10 participating teams. There are just three days left to apply!
Oxygen Accelerator was launched last month as a 13-week intensive mentoring and training ‘boot camp’ for the businesses selected from hundreds around the world to join the initiative at Birmingham Science Park Aston.
Founded by entrepreneur Mark Hales and Birmingham Science Park Aston, Oxygen Accelerator aims to find and nurture tech companies of the future and will open up new channels to follow-on investment from VCs, Angel investors and private equity funders.
Now, as an extra incentive, Mark Hales has put up £75,000 of his own money to be won by the business voted for by mentors, investors and peers as the ‘most improved’ on the programme, which starts in September. Furthermore, the start-up to receive the cash will not be accredited as the ‘best’ company out of the ten selected, but as one that has gained fruitfully from the programme and has proven its ability to continue to develop a sustainable business. Finally, the £75,000 cash reward will be received 13 weeks after the programme has finished so not to influence the investment decisions of potential funders.
Oxygen Accelerator was created to help give the selected groups the necessary environment and equipment to be able to super-charge their business’ products and ideas as marketable in the real world.
Founder and entrepreneur, Mark Hales, adds:
“We are keen to bring technology into the UK and create a tech-hub outside London.
“Investing a further £75,000 into the team that has shown a marked improvement from when they joined the programme, will help fuel inspiration, determination and the passion needed to make a business work. I want to make clear that each team selected for this process is a winner to have come through the 13 weeks and this cash-injection is in no way a bias towards one particular company.
It’s just another investment to be gained at the end of the process when each business will be pitching to investors on ‘Investor Day’. The only difference is, it’s theirs and they do not need to give up equity or alike! Moreover, it allows them to have faith in the tech community and believe that people will invest in an idea if it has the right ingredients to turn it into a credible business – but that takes time and Oxygen Accelerator is here to support this development.”
Applications are open until Thursday June 30th.
The successful 10 will have access to a pool of state-of-the-art resources and also receive guidance from fellow successful tech entrepreneurs, business mentors and financial and legal support, which is imperative for any business during its formative stages. It’s about having the right advice or connections at the right time. Crucially at the end of the 13 weeks they will also present their products to venture capitalists and angel investors, as the programme culminates with an ‘Investor Day’.
Criteria for applying for Oxygen Accelerator is simple: founders of the company will be asked a series of questions relating to existing milestones, investment to date and revenue generation – basics that are usually part of a business plan. Accompanied with this should be a short video of the founding members as to why they should be selected to be part of the Top 10, which will give judges a good impression of what they are like as individuals. Judges will be looking for strength in idea, how much they think they’ll benefit from the programme, presentation and thinking as well as team dynamics.
Applications are open now and close on June 30th 2011. Click here for more information on how to submit your proposal, or how to become a mentor and/or investor: http://oxygenaccelerator.com
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