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New Report Says Smart TV Industry Reaching ‘Point of No Return’

smarttvAccording to an industry analysis done by Futuresource Consulting, smart TV manufacturers aren’t really benefiting from all the consumer activity around them, and that the industry is reaching a “point of no return.” Really?

The report says that:

In developed regions 30% of homes will own a smart TV by the end of 2014, rising to 70% by 2018. And people aren’t just buying the feature, they’re using it too. At present, around 80% of the smart TVs in people’s homes are connected to the internet, with the pervasion of embedded Wi-Fi and auto-boot on track to lift this figure to over 90% by 2016.

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TV Everywhere is Making Authenticated Content Easier to Access

TV EverywhereTV Everywhere is the technological ability to watch whatever you want, whenever, however you want it (from your phone, tablet, laptop, etc.). It’s included as part of your cable subscription service, so it comes at no extra charge to you. The best part is that it is easy. The TV Everywhere site (http://www.youcouldbewatching.tv/) by CTAM (Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing) will guide you through the log-in and authentication process online and direct you to the individual cable and networks apps so that you can start watching TV everywhere.

How Samsung is enabling the future of social TV

H7150After years of hacking together make-shift television devices through PC TV tuners cards, wall projectors and more I finally decided it was time to buy my first “real” television. After researching the market and evaluating what mattered the most to my appetite for quality with an app world, it became clear that Samsung was the right choice for me (I’m now the proud owner of a UN55H7150AFXZA 1080P).

It’s not surprising that “Samsung continued to hold its #1 spot in the United States Smart TV market in Q4 2013 with a 29.6% market share,” according to Strategy Analytics. From the somewhat gimmicky but extremely entertaining 3D viewing to the Smart Hub it became clear that I was experience social TV in an extremely new seamless experience that even my set-top TV connected devices couldn’t accomplish. As more consumers begin to experience Samsung’s smart TV world, using social will become more natural than ever before. We spoke with Dave Das, Vice President of Home Entertainment at Samsung about the way the company is changing social TV.

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CES: Samsung and Fandango give you movie trailers, ticket purchasing ability

FANDANGO LOGOIn September 2013, Samsung integrated Fandango’s showtimes, ticketing, and movie trailers into its GALAXY Note 3 devices in an effort to bolster its own content recommendation service, ‘Here and Now.’ Read more

CES: Toshiba smart TVs to integrate Samba, close gap between linear TV and the web

samba_logo5Last year at CES, Samba TV demonstrated its new platform, which automatically syncs with live TV shows, and serves as a recommendation engine for related online videos and other relevant shows. At CES 2014, Samba TV has announced that its technology will be integrated into Toshiba smart TVs. New Toshiba owners will be able to use their remotes, tablets, phones, or computers to browse apps, gain access to exclusive content, and share clips with friends via Facebook and Twitter via their TVs. Read more

Flingo rebrands as Samba TV, collaborates with Sony on smart TV apps

samba_logo[5]In January, we wrote about Flingo (now Samba TV) – a publisher of smart TV apps – demonstrating its new platform, Samba, at CES 2013. When we spoke with Ashwin Navin, CEO and Founder of Samba TV he described the platform as “blur[ring] the lines between first screen and second screen, between traditional TV and smart TV. For example, if someone is watching an episode of Comedy Central Roast live, Samba will recommend the 5 best Roast videos from the Web, so you can continue that viewing experience after the show is over, with one-click of your TV remote. Not sure which video you want? Check out a preview from your iPad first, and then fling the video you like to your TV.” Read more

TiVo partners with Flingo to smarten non-smart TVs

As the digital video recorder becomes more ubiquitous, and is offered by nearly every cable provider, TiVo has been forced to offer more advantages to subscribers. The latest, a partnership with smart tv app leader Flingo, is a big step in the right direction. Read more

CES: With new partnerships and services Roku goes from streaming to mainstream

When the Roku player launched in 2008, it was the first product to stream Netflix to the TV, and that was its only channel. Fast forward to CES 2013, where Roku announced that they surpassed 700 channels on the platform, including channels from FlingoVEVO, and Spotify. Read more

Aol's new connected TV app helps distribute video further

Aol continues to invest in the future of TV. They've recently launched a new version of their connected TV app that will be available for Samsung Smart TVs, Rokus, Sony TVs and TiVo devices for the first time. Aol already helps distribute content for TV networks like E! and BBC, and this new app will provide additional reach for their TV partners. We spoke with Rob DelaCruz, General Manager of Connected TV and Mobile Video for the AOL On Network about the launch.

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10 things you need to know about the future of TV

KIT Digital recently put together a very compelling deck on "10 Things You Need To Know About The Future of Television" for their clients. The 65-slide presentation, authored by KIT's Global Lead Analyst Alan Wolk lays out in very short form the problems and opportunities facing the future of social TV.

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Flingo dives into social TV with synchronized TV apps

With CES inching closer, the connected, smart, Internet-enabled TV market continuing to heat up. In fact, the Connected TV Marketing Association (CTVMA) just launched this week, which strives to promote and grow the quickly-emerging connected TV business. One company that's already been developing connected TV apps for three years is Flingo, a company that builds "super apps for smart TVs," on Insignia, LG, Samsung, Vizio, Sanyo, Western Digital, and Netgear devices. Last month the company announced they'd be working with Collective Digital Studio to bring YouTube celebs The Annoying Orange, Fred, iJustine and FreddieW delivered straight to connected TV sets -- a step to create a new kind of primetime on TV for these stars.

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