Samsung Hedges Advanced TV Measurement Bets, Licenses Nielsen Data

Samsung — one of the largest purveyors of ACR (automatic content recognition) data derived from smart TVs used by that ad industry, if not the largest — is hedging its audience measurement bets by going with the industry’s tried-and-true measurement brand: Nielsen.

Kids Corner Coming To Vizio Sets From Kidoodle.TV

Amazon And Best Buy Refresh Lineup Of Toshiba-Branded, Fire TV-Powered Smart TVs

Vevo Launches on VIDAA-Powered Smart TVs Worldwide

Music video network Vevo has partnered with VIDAA, a smart TV operating system (OS), to launch the Vevo app on VIDAA-powered smart TVs, including models by Hisense and Toshiba, helping grow Vevo’s connected TV and OTT footprints. The new Vevo app provides millions of Hisense and Toshiba smart TV users with access to hundreds of […]

Report: Over Half Of All TVs Are Smart TVs

Smart TVs now represent a majority of TVs owned by U.S. households and, according to Hub Entertainment Research, it may pose a threat to connected TV devices. The research firm released findings from its third annual “Connected Home” report that suggest ownership of a smart TV set is at 70% of TV households this year. The survey results also suggest that 52% of all TV sets are now reported to be smart TVs, up from 45% in 2020, which Hub said indicates accelerated replacement of older, non-smart TVs.

KTLA Launches Smart TV Streaming App

CW App Launches Nationally On Vizio SmartCast

The new app combines the latest programming from The CW and fan-favorite library series from CW Seed Free on Vizio SmartCast televisions.

AMC Networks Launches Streaming Outlets For Vizio Smart TVs

Comcast, Walmart In Talks To Develop, Distribute Smart TVs

Under the terms the companies are discussing, retail giant Walmart would promote TV sets running Comcast software, and would get a share of recurring revenue from Comcast in return.

TCL Quietly Expands Android TV-Powered Smart TV Shipments, Now Includes 4K Sets

Apple TV App Comes To Sony Smart TVs

Samsung Maintains U.S. Market Share Lead In Smart TV At 32%

Comcast Confirms Interest In Putting X1 On Smart TVs

Comcast Looking To Enter Smart TV Wars

Comcast wants to turn the software running on its set-top boxes into an operating system for smart TVs, according to multiple industry insiders with knowledge of the company’s plans. The company began pitching TV manufacturers on the idea in recent months and had some conversations on the subject at CES in January. It’s unclear how far these talks have progressed, but the push underlines the growing importance of smart TVs as a major platform for the future of entertainment.

TiVo Stream 4K-Powered Smart TVs Coming In ‘Late 2021, Early 2022’

Peacock To Launch Nationally On Vizio Smartcast And LG Smart TVs On July 15

Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, today announced it will be available on Vizio SmartCast TVs and LG Smart TVs when it launches on July 15. At that time, Peacock will offer a free tier featuring more than 7,500 hours of movies, shows, and timely live and on-demand programming across news, sports, reality and late night. […]

Android TV Takes Major Step In US Market With Integration Into TCL Smart TVs

Samsung Offers Free Fitness Apps In Its Smart TVs

Vidaa And OTTera’s Streaming Video Service Join Power on Hisense Smart TVs

Consumer electronics company Hisense and their subsidiary Vidaa have chosen OTTera, the white label OTT streaming video service, to add to the Hisense Vidaa platform. Vidaa will work with OTTera to integrate long-tail providers and use OTTera’s integration and already integrated advertising solution for a speedier onboarding to its platform. “Hisense and Vidaa have been […]

Vizio Is Adding Disney+ To Its Smart TV Platform

Tubi Loaded Into Hisense Smart TV Platform

Ad supported streaming service Tubi said it has reached a deal to be loaded onto smart TVs from Hisense using the new version of its Vidaa video platform. Hisense is the world’s third-largest TV manufacturer and the deal covers the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K., where Tubi plans to launch later this year.

Fox Launching Fox Nation, Other Streaming Apps On Samsung Smart TVs

LG Smart TVs Add CBS All Access App

Nokia’s First Branded Smart TV Just Debuted

Vietnam’s Vingroup In Deal With Google To Develop Smart TVs

Netflix Will Stop Working On Older Samsung Smart TVs Next Month

Nielsen Buys Sorenson Media For $11.25M

Nielsen is moving beyond TV ratings to stake a claim in the addressable TV advertising market, and the company is acquiring Sorenson Media for $11.25 million to help it get there. In coordination with the acquisition, Nielsen is launching Nielsen Advanced Video Advertising, a new product that will focus on addressable advertising for smart TVs.

Senators Call For Investigation Of Smart TV

Two Democratic senators have asked the FTC to investigate the business practices of smart-television manufacturers amid worries that companies are tracking consumers’ viewing behavior without their knowledge.

How Smart TVs In Millions Of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight

Roku Channel Lauching On Some Samsung TVs

Samsung, Roku TVs Said Vulnerable To Hacking

Samsung Adds CBS All Access To Smart TVs

Sling TV Now Available On Samsung Smart TVs

Survey: Consumers Impressed by 3.0 Features

Nationwide SmithGeiger research finds next-generation ATSC 3.0 features increase consumer spending on, and accelerate purchase of, smart TVs.

WikiLeaks: CIA Hacked Samsung Smart TVs

WikiLeaks has published a trove of documents it says detail the inner workings of the CIA’s hacking programs — and among them is the claim that the U.S. spy agency is able to hack into Samsung smart TVs and use them as covert microphones.

Samsung Smart TVs Force Ads Onto Menu Screen

LeEco To Launch Smart TVs, Streaming In U.S.

FTC To Tackle Smart TV Privacy Concerns

The Federal Trade Commission plans to explore consumer protection issues raised by new technologies, including “smart TVs,” the agency announced. The agency has scheduled a seminar on Dec. 7 addressing questions including how much consumers understand about tracking of their TV-viewing, how the ad industry is using data about the programs people watch, and how best to protect consumers’ privacy.

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Why Aren’t Smart TVs Very Clever?

Even moderately priced sets can now connect to the Internet and run Netflix and other apps — that’s the “smart” part. Yet many people are ignoring the built-in features and turning to Apple TV, Roku and other stand-alone streaming devices that often do a better job. The NPD Group estimates that roughly a third of smart TVs in the U.S.aren’t actually connected to the Internet. And researchers at Parks Associates found that even as more Americans are using smart TV functions, streaming device usage has grown even faster.

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