Tremor International Makes $25M Investment In Hisense’s VIDAA

Ad tech company Tremor International is investing $25 million in VIDAA, the smart TV operating system subsidiary of Chinese set maker Hisense Co. Tremor International said its goal is to grow VIDAA, making it a bigger player in both the competitive TV OS category and the growing CTV marketplace.

Microsoft To Bring Xbox Games To Samsung’s 2022 Smart TVs

Cox Explores A Smart TV Strategy

Cox Communications is seeking a way to do more with smart TVs and streaming platforms to enable customers to access its pay TV services and other streaming apps without the need for a separate set-top box. “We’re exploring the [smart TV] space,” Mark Gathen, VP of content acquisition at Cox, said Wednesday during a panel at the StreamTV Show in Denver. “We haven’t partnered with anyone right now.”

Walmart Launches Roku-Powered ‘onn.’ Brand Smart TVs In Canada

For Fast-Aging Streaming Devices, 8GB Is Not Enough

From storage to processor speeds, most sticks, dongles, pucks and smart TVs in living rooms today are getting quickly left behind by the demands of the streaming wars.

Charter And Comcast To Launch New Streaming Platform In Joint Venture

Charter Communications and Comcast on Wednesday announced a 50/50 joint venture to develop a streaming platform on branded 4K streaming devices and smart TVs. Comcast will license Flex, the company’s aggregated streaming platform and hardware to the new joint venture, contribute the retail business for XClass TVs as well as Xumo, a streaming service acquired in 2020. Charter will make an initial contribution of $900 million, funded over multiple years.

TCL Poised To Overtake LG As World’s No. 2 Smart TV Supplier

Samsung TV Plus Launches ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Channel

QUARTERLY REPORT

Vizio Reports $10.1 Million Net Loss In Fourth Quarter

Roku Mulls Building Its Own Smart TVs

LG Ads Solutions Introduces Suite of Guaranteed Outcome-Based Media Offerings With 3rd-Party Validation

LG Ads Solutions, the exclusive provider of LG smart TV native ads and audience targeting data, has introduced a suite of guaranteed outcome-based media offerings, through which advertisers only pay for connected TV (CTV) ads when they meet specified performance goals, which are independently validated using third-party data. Campaigns can be guaranteed across both connected […]

Sling TV Now Available On Vizio SmartCast

Vizio today announced that Sling TV, a leading streaming service delivering live news, sports entertainment and kids programming, is now available on Vizio SmartCast TVs. Millions of SmartCast users across America can now access the Sling app to watch the live content they love, plus more than 150,000 on-demand shows and movies. With free channels like ABC […]

TVN’S NEW FACILITIES INSIDER

Inside Newsday’s Live Production Facility

The Long Island newspaper has remade itself as a multimedia news producer with a two-studio, multimillion-dollar production operation and a team of MMJs ramping up extensive video coverage. (Newsday photo)

Roku Looks To Expand Its Smart TV OS Lead In The U.S. Through Sharp Deal

How Smart TV & Connected TV Platforms Measure Up At The End Of 2021

Even though the world began to open up and people started going outside more in 2021, consumers are still streaming more than ever before. Time spent streaming grew globally 21% year-over-year in the third quarter, and up 2% in North America. Smart TVs, like Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Vizio, are continuing to see massive gains over external connected TV devices like a Chromecast or Apple TV. After nearly doubling their market share in 2020, smart TVs were responsible for nearly all the growth among big screens in the third quarter, up 64%.

Cinedigm Launches 9 Free Streaming Channels On LG TVs

Roku Gets Jump In The 8K Smart TV Market

Hisense debuted its first Roku-powered 8K smart TV on the shelves (virtual and otherwise) of Best Buy and Amazon earlier this month. And already, we’re seeing a trend re-emerge that defined the 4K smart TV era — smart TV’s made by Chinese manufacturers, enabled with the Roku OS, undercutting more expensive Korean rivals.

iSpot Grows Footprint With LG Data From 20 Million Smart TVs

Measurement and analytics company iSpot, one of the top challengers to Nielsen, said it signed a licensing deal with LG Ads Solutions that gives iSpot access to program and ad data from more than 20 million smart TVs.

COMMENTARY BY ALAN WOLK

As ACR Grows, Set-Tops Shrink And TV Measurement Gets Even Trickier

Alan Wolk: The number of set-top boxes is shrinking, while the number of smart TVs is growing at a similarly steady rate. This is likely to make measurement harder to calculate in the years to come.

What’s Next For Comcast’s Suddenly Busy Smart TV Business

In the span of one month, Comcast has gone from outlier in the streaming platform market to suddenly having a robust smart TV strategy on two continents.

Amazon Reportedly Set To Festoon Its Brand Onto Smart TVs

Locast Adds Support From Vizio Smart TVs

Smart TV Penetration In North America To Surpass 90% Of Homes By 2024

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