Connected TV

Hisense and TCL launch Roku TV models

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Electronics manufacturers Hisense and TCL have each launched TVs with web-streaming set-top box maker Roku’s operating system built in. The new Roku TVs, which were… Read more

US broadband subscribers surpass cable TV customers

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The number of US broadband subscribers exceeded the number of US cable TV subscribers for the first time in the second quarter of the year,… Read more

Samsung acquired connected home specialist SmartThings

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Samsung has acquired connected home technology specialist SmartThings, which provides technology to allow users to synchronise connected devices in the home via a smartphone app… Read more

Android TV could disrupt streaming media player market

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Google’s forthcoming Android TV platform could have a major disruptive impact on the growing streaming media player business, with Roku likely to be vulnerable to… Read more

Microsoft to add free-to-air DTT tuner for Xbox One in Europe

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Microsoft is to provide a digital TV tuner for its Xbox One gaming devices in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, enabling Xbox users… Read more

BBC launching new iPlayer on wide range of smart TVs

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The BBC has begun rolling out the new version of its BBC iPlayer catch-up TV platform to a wider group of smart TV platforms. Executive… Read more

DTG begins work on Freeview Connected and 700MHz migration plan

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The UK’s Digital Television Group (DTG) is initiating work on the specification for the proposed Freeview Connected platform that will enable the delivery of on-demand… Read more

UK TV sees biggest communications revenue growth, says Ofcom report

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TV saw the biggest rise in communications sector revenues in the UK last year, seeing a 3.4% increase compared with decreases in the telecom and… Read more

Google begins sending out Android TV developer units

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Google has begun sending out developer units of its forthcoming Android TV platform to application developers ahead of the official launch of the platform. The… Read more

Germany’s WDR looking to revive public service VoD plans

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Germany’s WDR Media Group, an affiliate of public broadcaster ARD, is looking to revive plans to launch a VoD platform, after regulators blocked its joint… Read more