Meredith, Post-Newsweek are the latest group owners to adopt the Connected Ad Network advertising app platform.
Though the user experience in smart-TV environments has improved over the years, they’re still not as intuitive as the traditional multichannel world.
Smart TVs are growing in their technology prowess and market scale, but there is still one major market factor that the TV industry is not totally in touch with: the viewer. The killer app for smart TV is simply, TV
Wish you could turn any TV into a smart one? A new gadget called the Pocket TV will convert your television into a giant Android tablet. The device is a small microcomputer that plugs into your screen’s HDMI port. Pocket TV runs on Android 4.0 and allows you to do anything on the TV that you can with your phone, such as playing games, surfing the Web and even video chatting with friends.
Not long ago, video creators looking for wide distribution on TV sets had few options beyond going door to door begging cable companies for what’s known as a hunting license. Now, however, there is another emerging option. Smart and connected TVs and other over-the-top options offer a chance to cut a deal with a Yahoo, Roku or Samsung and launch a content portal via an app or widget.
More evidence Apple is gearing up to launch its new Apple TV smart TV. It has contacted at least one major Asian supplier about purchasing television display components, according to Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster. He told investors on Tuesday that he had recently spoken to a “major TV component supplier” that Apple had contacted “regarding various capabilities of their television display components.”
At last month’s CES, three technologies showed significant progress: connected TV, smart TV and TV Everywhere. It’s likely the three will converge. If so, they’ll arrive in one massive wave that could completely disrupt the way people watch TV — and threaten the way broadcasters do business. Broadcasters must figure out how to catch the wave.
Manufacturers would have us believe that. It will certainly be when all of them start branding their connected TVs “Smart TVs” from the get-go. If that and sales of those TVs were the only way we measured the success of Smart TVs, then, yes, 2012 is going to be the year of the Smart TV. But will they actually be Smart TVs? That remains to be seen.
LG has taken the wraps off its first Google TV-powered television set, even as rumors of an Apple television loom over the industry.
Roku today announced that it is producing a “Streaming Stick” that can convert any television with an HDMI port into a smart device. The stick, available later this year, includes built-in WiFi, processor, memory and software.
Smart TVs will understand the viewers’ needs and choices well enough to make useful suggestions on content and services.
If the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show left the impression that TV as we know it is on the cusp of radical reinvention, the folks at research firm Deloitte aren’t buying the hype. Its media forecast for 2011 sees the medium staying largely the same as it’s always been: a hugely dominant force, with no big changes hitting anytime soon.