New TV Partners for Android TV, Connected TV consumer's favourite iPlayer streaming device, and Consumer VR: The $18bn industry : January 8th 2016

New TV partners for Android TV

Google has just made an announcement about the future of Android TV, specifically regarding a range of new TV partners who have just signed up to the operating system.

Android TV will be available in 2016, on Arcelik, Vestel, RCA, Hisense, TCL and Bang & Olufsen branded TVs.

They join early adopters Sony, Sharp and Phillips. Android TV offers access to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, as well as VOD apps from a range of public and commercial broadcasters.

Connected TV consumer's favourite iPlayer streaming device

The results are in and over the Christmas holiday period, Connected TVs were the most popular device through which to access iPlayer.

The BBC has revealed that over the two week period, year-on-year access went up by 32 per cent. In total, Connected TVs accounted for 38% of unique browsers. In second were tablets (24 per cent), computers (22 per cent) and mobiles (17 per cent).

“Christmas was an extremely popular time for watching programmes on BBC iPlayer – and not just people viewing on computers, tablets and phones. We’ve seen a real surge in people watching the best of the BBC through connected TVs.” Said Dan Taylor-Watt, Head of BBC iPlayer.

Consumer VR: The $18bn industry

Of all the new tech on display at CES 2016, virtual reality (VR) has certainly got people talking. By combining a head-mounted display that translates the users’ movement into a wide angle video, users are able to enjoy an immersive experience.

TDG have forecasted that VR headsets will grow in significant popularity between 2016-2025, with a predicted user base of more than 275 million, helping to turn it into an $18 billion industry.


DTG Staff  |  08.01.2016

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