9,000+ UK homes still watching black & white TVs, Samsung goes 100% Smart, Amazon Prime Video has best holiday season ever : DTG daily news January 04 2016

9,000+ UK homes still using black & white TVs

It’s been 50 years since the first colour broadcast, however over 9,000 households are still watching TV in black & white.

A survey by TV Licensing commented that it’s likely that people are sticking with black and white sets for the reduced cost of the license fee: It's nearly £100 cheaper than the colour license at £49. The demographic of this set of users could also be playing a part:

“We like the glow of valves, rich sound and wonderful warm smell of these old sets.” Said TV and radio historian Jeffrey Borinsky, “Older people who grew up with black and white still love it and don’t see why they should throw away their perfectly good set to get colour they don’t even want.”

Samsung goes 100% Smart

The new year brings new product launches, and in 2016 Samsung Electronics has announced that every model in its 2016 TV offering will be Internet of Things (IoT) ready.

They will be connected with the SmartThings platform, which allows users to connect with, manage and control smart devices and IoT services. This means the TV or mobile device will be able to manage and control every IoT device in the home, and become integral to modern living.

“The 2016 line-up of Smart TVs will offer consumers new possibilities and cement Samsung’s market leading position, as the first company to launch IoT-ready TVs.” said Hyun Suk Kim, president of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.

Amazon Prime Video sets holiday record

Amazon Prime Video has reported a very successful holiday season, with three million new members in the third week of December alone.

Viewing hours of Prime Video doubled from the same time last year, with ‘The Man in the High Castle’ becoming the most-watched TV season by 4.5 times.

DTG Staff  |  04.01.2016

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