television

  • Mobile Will Grab TV Advertising’s Crown

    Mobile Will Grab TV Advertising’s Crown

    Editor’s note: Matt Cohler is a General Partner at Benchmark Capital. He’s responsible for identifying investment opportunities in Internet-related companies in addition to working closely with companies across the firm’s portfolio. You can follow him on Twitter here.  The global advertising market is big. Half a trillion dollars big in 2012. In the tech world we tend… 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

  • NPD: 18% Of Consumers Watch Online Video Daily On TVs; China’s Urbanites Watch The Most Of All

    NPD: 18% Of Consumers Watch Online Video Daily On TVs; China’s Urbanites Watch The Most Of All

    Online video — helped along by the rise of tablets, better broadband and a flood of content from YouTube, Netflix, Amazon and many others — has seen a huge rise in usage in the last few years; and while PCs remain the most common way to consume it, thanks to consoles like the Xbox, even TV screens are becoming popular for online video consumption. According to a new study out from… Read More

  • Dream Team Of Children’s TV Producers Create PlaySquare, “Touchable TV” For The iPad

    Dream Team Of Children’s TV Producers Create PlaySquare, “Touchable TV” For The iPad

    What do you get when a team of Emmy winning children’s TV producers are introduced to the iPad? You get a company that has a whole new vision for the future of television. That company, PlaySquare, is working on something they’re calling “touchable TV.” It’s the idea that the child shouldn’t just be watching television, they should be interacting with it. Read More

  • Record Profits Of $1.9B For News Corp’s BSkyB As PayTV Co. Launches Triple Play In Ireland

    Record Profits Of $1.9B For News Corp’s BSkyB As PayTV Co. Launches Triple Play In Ireland

    BSkyB, the UK-based, News Corp-controlled pay-TV provider, today posted record profits for the year, rising 14 percent to £1.2 billion ($1.9 billion) in the 12 months that ended June 30. Full-year revenues were £6.8 billion ($10.4 billion), a rise of three percent on 2011. Earnings per share were also up: they are now at 50.8 pence ($0.79), a rise of 22 percent. While BSkyB has built its… Read More

  • Late, Expensive And Probably Redundant: YouView Finally Launches UK Digital TV Service

    Late, Expensive And Probably Redundant: YouView Finally Launches UK Digital TV Service

    Two years after it was meant to go live, and with a list of backers that includes the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva, BT and TalkTalk, YouView today finally crashed the UK TV party. Available by the end of July with a selection of major retailers, the service is based around an all-in-one set-top box that you can use without a subscription, which includes 100 digital TV and radio… Read More

  • Vidpresso Wants To Help TV Stations Put Your Tweets And Facebook Comments On Air

    Vidpresso Wants To Help TV Stations Put Your Tweets And Facebook Comments On Air

    It’s hard to find a live morning show or sports event coverage on TV these days that doesn’t feature tweets or Facebook comments from viewers. For most programs, though, getting those messages on air is actually more difficult than it seems and often involves custom software and expensive hardware. Vidpresso, which officially launches today, offers TV stations a far easier solution. Read More

  • Nielsen: U.S., UK Couch Potatoes Love To Tap On Tablets While Watching TV

    Nielsen: U.S., UK Couch Potatoes Love To Tap On Tablets While Watching TV

    For anyone who’s loved to watch Twitter reactions or a liveblog of a big event on TV, this will probably come as no surprise. For advertisers and broadcasters who haven’t figured out how to capitalize on this, you are missing a trick: we are fast becoming a culture of people who love to use devices like smartphones and tablets while watching television. According to the latest… Read More

  • Verizon To Launch a Home Media Server In 2012, Plans To Eliminate Set-Top Box

    Verizon To Launch a Home Media Server In 2012, Plans To Eliminate Set-Top Box

    Verizon will be rolling out a new Media Server product for its FiOS customers late next year, which will be a single hardware device that will eventually eliminate the need for a set-top box altogether. The server will be capable of streaming HD TV to all devices in the home, including the TV, of course, but also gaming systems, mobile devices and tablets like the iPad. Although the company… Read More

  • The Internet Isn’t Just Another TV Pipe

    The Internet Isn’t Just Another TV Pipe

    As everyone knows, Facebook schooled the web last week, and expanded its territorial ambitions to the world of media.  Launching with partners in print, music, and video, Facebook’s latest update pushes toward a world where consumption’s default has been switched to sharing, and social discovery sits not on the periphery of the media experience, but permeates it. Zuckerberg… Read More

  • Makerbot's Bre Pettis Will Be On Colbert Report

    One of our own, Bre Pettis, will appear on the Colbert Report tomorrow night to talk about 3D printing, his handsome glasses, and new Makerbots. This is some seriously exciting news in that it proves that the geeks will inherit the earth. Read More