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Nearly 1 billion TV sets Internet connected by 2020

written by: Richard Kastelein
Nearly 1 billion TV sets Internet connected by 2020
The number of TV sets connected to the Internet will reach 965 million by 2020, up from 103 million at end-2010 and the 339 million expected at end-2014, according to a new report from Digital TV Research

Covering 51 countries, the Connected TV Forecasts report estimates that the proportion of TV sets connected to the Internet will rocket to 30.4% by 2020, up from only 4.2% at end-2010 and the 12.1% expected by end-2014. South Korea (52.7%) will have the highest proportion by 2020, followed...

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New web-based enabler for HbbTV editors and application developers

written by: Richard Kastelein
New web-based enabler for HbbTV editors and application developers
The EU-funded project FIContent2 has created a web-based enabler for HbbTV editors and application developers. The HbbTV Application Toolkit (HAT, for short) allows users without programming skills to create HbbTV-compliant apps.

The HbbTV standard provides for the creation of programme-related interactive TV applications. However, few applications available today address the full potential of HbbTV; existing applications are often static TV-tailored websites, such as video-on-demand portals or...

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Playcast Boosts Cloud Gaming Proliferation with CE and OTT Brands; Enters Agreement with NetRange, the Global Leader of White Labeled Ecosystems for Smart TV, OTT

written by: Richard Kastelein
Playcast Boosts Cloud Gaming Proliferation with CE and OTT Brands; Enters Agreement with NetRange, the Global Leader of White Labeled Ecosystems for Smart TV, OTT
Playcast Media, the leading cloud gaming service, has entered into a partnership with NetRange, the leading white-labeled Smart TV and OTT ecosystem provider behind dozens of global brands including Sharp, TCL, Chang Hong, JVC, Pioneer and Loewe. Under the terms of this agreement, Playcast?s cloud based, AAA video game streaming service will be made available seamlessly via the NetRange operated Smart TV app market, pre-installed on Smart TVs around the world, and featured on its portal UI.
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World Cup broadcasters target 4.7 billion connected devices

written by: Richard Kastelein
World Cup broadcasters target 4.7 billion connected devices
This summer's football World Cup is proving to be the most accessible in the tournament's history, with broadcast and streaming services available on up to 5.9 billion screens globally. This is according to Ovum, which reveals that PCs, tablets, and smartphones are providing alternatives to conventional TV viewing, accounting for 57% of all screens. Connected devices are playing a crucial role in evolving viewing habits for big-event TV, though. "Devices capable of streaming live and...

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Youview Loses Trademark Battle for Brand Name - to Appeal

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Youview Loses Trademark Battle for Brand Name - to Appeal
According to a recent written judgement, YouView is now facing an injunction after High Court rules it infringed a trademark from Total Limited: There is no doubt that Total's business is a well-established and legitimate one. It developed plans from early 2007 to use "Your View" as a brand name. It applied to register the trade mark "Your View", with a filing date of 18 June 2009. The registration procedure was completed on 20 November 2009. By September 2009, Total had developed a new,...

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Report: Majority of US Internet Users to Use a Connected TV by 2015

written by: Richard Kastelein
Report: Majority of US Internet Users to Use a Connected TV by 2015
The connected TV audience is still in a nascent stage, but the number of individuals in the US who use the internet through a connected TV at least once per month is growing rapidly. eMarketer estimates that more than 113 million people—35.5% of the US population and 45.0% of internet users—will use a connected TV regularly this year, and in 2015, the majority of US internet users will access the internet through such a device. The connected TV audience will post double-digit growth rates...

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Sony Introduces PlayStation TV

written by: Richard Kastelein
Sony Introduces PlayStation TV
Sony has just introduced PlayStation®TV (PS TV), an affordable entertainment system that will enable users to easily enjoy various game content and PlayStation 4 (PS4TM) remote play on their TV at home. PS TV will come in "Black," and will be available in North America, Europe and the PAL region this Fall at a recommended retail price of just $ 99 or €99 for a standalone system. This product was released in Japan and other Asian regions as PlayStation®Vita TV (PS Vita TV) on November 14,...

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Dutch Public Broadcasters Ramp up on HbbTV

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Dutch Public Broadcasters Ramp up on HbbTV
Robert Briel from Broadband TV writes that the Dutch public broadcasters are stepping up their efforts to launch new HbbTV services, despite the fact that major cablers Ziggo and UPC, as well as KPN IPTV, do not distribute the service. At the moment, the three national Dutch channels are offering the catch-up TV service Uitzending Gemist looking back seven days, the EPG and live streams of the national radio stations. They are now adding a HbbTV app for the NOS newscasts, which offers...

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Wiztivi, first company to develop and design a HbbTV - T-commerce application in Europe: Teleshopping

written by: Richard Kastelein
Wiztivi, first company to develop and design a HbbTV  - T-commerce application in Europe: Teleshopping
Wiztivi is proud to announce the design and the development of Teleshopping, the first T-Commerce application in Europe. Wiztivi has been proving its expertise for HbbTV developments for more than 7 years and remains a pioneer in developing and designing HbbTV applications.

A European leader in interactive services development on connected devices, they aRE deploying the first T-Commerce application in Europe for TF1 : Teleshopping. The show is now offering its viewers the ability to buy...

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France Télévisions Publicité and ClickOn launch first HbbTV-driven Interactive Advertisement with Caisse d'Epargne

written by: Richard Kastelein
France Télévisions Publicité and ClickOn launch first HbbTV-driven Interactive Advertisement with Caisse d'Epargne
France Télévisions and ClickOn have teamed up and and announced a partnership to build an HbbTV interactive advertising campaign for the Caisse d'Epargne. During the broadcast of interactive spots of the Savings Bank viewers with compatible TVs with the HbbTV standard may, with a simple click from their remote, enjoy the promotional offer Caisse d'Epargne for opening an account. They can then, if they wish, leave their details and select a time slot to be reminded and take advantage of the...

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YuMe Releases Reach Calculator Based on Nielsen Research

written by: Richard Kastelein
YuMe Releases Reach Calculator Based on Nielsen Research
Yume released the first-of-its kind interactive Reach Calculator based on US results of its multi-national research with Nielsen on multi-screen reach and brand impact. The fully-functional tool computes unduplicated reach across TV, online, smartphone, tablet, and connected TV and serves as a directional tool for marketers to use while developing their multi-screen video plan. “We’re responding to our clients requests for more insight into why they should shift dollars from TV to digital...

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84 per cent of Cord Cutters Happy to Cut Cable

written by: Richard Kastelein
84 per cent of Cord Cutters Happy to Cut Cable
According to new research from nScreenMedia, the leading analyst group covering media's transition to multiscreen consumption, 84% of US broadband consumers that have cut the cord are at least somewhat happy with their decision. 37% say they are so happy they will never go back to the service.

In the new free report nScreen nSights: View My Video – Consumer Digital Media Consumption, nScreenMedia reveals that 17% of US broadband consumers say they had pay-TV, but no longer have it. 10% say they...

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