smart tv

  • Alibaba Pursues New Smart TV OS To Grow Its E-Commerce Play

    Alibaba Pursues New Smart TV OS To Grow Its E-Commerce Play

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has joined the smart TV race, unveiling a smart TV OS and set-top box today. It hopes to create its own ecosystem of TV-related assets that will give it a foot in the digital content door, letting it provide a platform for users to share content with mobile phones and other devices. The new OS will also allow users to shop and pay bills via their TVs. This is a… Read More

  • Microsoft Wants Developers To Start Creating The “Companion Web”

    Microsoft Wants Developers To Start Creating The “Companion Web”

    Your cell phone doesn’t know what you’re watching on your TV. Microsoft would like to change that. The company is launching a new initiative today, called the “Companion Web,” it says enables the Internet to bridge the gap between all the different devices we use. To that end, Microsoft recently worked with opinion-sharing service Polar to create a reference app for… Read More

  • Opera Makes A Run For The Living Room With New TV App Store, SDK With YouTube Leanback Support

    Opera Makes A Run For The Living Room With New TV App Store, SDK With YouTube Leanback Support

    Opera has long harbored ambitions to bring its technology beyond mobile and the desktop and into the living room. Just in time for the start of CES, the company today unveiled its new TV app store and framework, as well as its new Devices SDK. These, Opera says, will “make all the world’s living rooms more comfortable” and bring “solutions for improving TV surfing”… Read More

  • Smart TV Growth For 2012 Pegged At 15%, But North Americans Still Slow To Adopt

    Smart TV Growth For 2012 Pegged At 15%, But North Americans Still Slow To Adopt

    A new study today from NPD DisplaySearch shows the progress of smart and connected TVs in recent years and during Q2 2012. Connected TVs did well are doing well around the world, with shares growing rapidly in key emerging markets. Growth is at a relative standstill in North America, however, as access to free, premium content via the web and through open standards remains a roadblock. Read More

  • Smart TVs Fail To Score With Consumers In U.S. And Other Western Markets: GfK

    Smart TVs Fail To Score With Consumers In U.S. And Other Western Markets: GfK

    Here’s one reason why Apple may not be producing a television with its name blazoned on it in the near term: it doesn’t look like people have, so far, shown that much interested in them yet. According to a new report out from consumer researchers GfK, connected TV televisions are faring much better in markets like China, Brazil and India compared to the U.S., UK and other… Read More

  • Majority Of Google TV App Install Base From Pre-Loads

    Majority Of Google TV App Install Base From Pre-Loads

    New data from app search firm Xyologic released this morning paints a picture of the relative success (or lack thereof) of the Google TV platform. By examining the install base for the apps exclusive to the Google TV platform, it’s clear that the Google media center product is still only attracting a niche crowd of early adopters. Of the nearly 4.8 million installed apps that are… Read More

  • Smart TVs: How Do They Work?

    Smart TVs: How Do They Work?

    Smart TVs were everywhere at CES. I must have seen two hundred of them while I was there. I could report on specs, resolution or 3D screens, but really, I am more curious about that word “smart” than I am about the raw specs. Is it merely the sum of new features that defines what a Smart TV is or should be? Just what exactly is it that makes a Smart TV, well…smart? It… Read More

  • Samsung Launches New Smart TV Ad Platform, Samsung AdHub

    Samsung Launches New Smart TV Ad Platform, Samsung AdHub

    Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung launched its advertising platform, Samsung AdHub, for Samsung Smart TVs. With the new service, publishers and brands will be able to deliver video, 3D, and interactive advertisements to the living room through the Samsung Smart TV interface. Read More

  • Proof That Google TV Will Make Its Debut Tomorrow

    Proof That Google TV Will Make Its Debut Tomorrow

    For the last couple months (and even before that), rumors have been swirling about a web-enabled Google TV project. Numerous reports have stated that the project will be launching this week at I/O, with the LA Times reporting that it will be called ‘Smart TV’, and that Google will be joined by Sony, Intel, and Logitech as it announces the new platform. Now, we’ve come… Read More