Cord-cutters Made Up 0.18% of the Market in 2010, Expected to Hit 2% Globally in 2015

Boxee Box NYC PreviewIs "cord-cutting," the act of intentionally replacing your cable / satellite TV service with a free to low cost IP-based over-the-top solution(s), overhyped? It appears so — at least until the end of this decade. According to Informa Telecoms & Media's recent study, the research firm found that there were only 1.2 million cord-cutters worldwide in 2010, equivalent to [...]

EPIX Demos Future TV App at NATPE 2011

Epix Web Player Screenshot Playing Iron ManWe saw Comcast and Time Warner Cable's TV apps at CES, which brings users live and on-demand programming without a set-top box via IP. Now, EPIX is demonstrating their TV app at NATPE that will bring all the functionality of EpixHD.com to users Connected TVs. The TV app, according to EPIX's chief digital officer, provides [...]

Yes, TV Apps Can Save Niche Cable and Independent TV Networks – In Theory

LG NetCast Demo at IFA 2010I just wanted to piggyback on NewTeeVee's post: "Can TV Apps Save Niche Cable Networks?" and the recent announcement that WealthTV will be the first cable TV channel, in HD, to be offered on Roku for $2.99/mo. If we can move past the argument of TV platform fragmentation and imagine that it's easy for any [...]

Samsung’s Smart TVs Serve Up 2 Million App Downloads Globally in January 2011

Samsung Smart TV Apps GraphicIt appears Samsung is on a tear with its TV app market. The company is announcing that they've hit 2 million downloads this month, doubling what they did at the end of November 2010. Congrats! Like the movie Field of Dreams, I guess if you build it they will come. We've had discussions on "What Is [...]

Bet You Didn’t Know Windows Media Center Embedded Had a Showing at CES 2011

Prime Time Windows Media Center Embedded CES 2011Attached is a demo of Prime Time's Windows Media Center Embedded IPTV set-top box recorded by TDL. You'll see that Prime Sense has refined the UI to better match its sensibilities and bundled it with a nice TV web browser and gyro + QWERTY keyboard remote. However, the part that you should focus on is [...]

MUST SEE: Comcast and Time Warner Cable Leverage Samsung’s Smart TV Platform for Set-top Box Free TV Viewing

Samsung Comcast Smart TV App CES 2011Think Smart TVs are a dumb idea? Take a look at this demo presentation by Comcast and Time Warner Cable at CES 2011. The two premium cable TV providers have partnered with Samsung to roll out the first set-top box free viewing solution delivered over IP via Samsung's Smart TV app platform. Both HD services [...]

Cisco Enters the Smart TV Space, Takes a Page from Google TV

Cisco Videoscape DemoCisco sure does sound confident today. The company is announcing that it will be partnering with TV service providers to help them roll out their next generation TV set-top boxes powered by its new Videoscape technology. Much like Google TV, Cisco Videoscape is able to combine live TV, on-demand, web, and social content in a [...]

Hulu Plus, Blockbuster On Demand, MOG, OnLive, Skype Now Available Through VIZIO Internet Apps

VIZIO VIA Hulu Plus Blockbuster GraphicPicking a "Smart TV" to buy these days is getting harder and harder by the day. VIZIO today is announcing that they have just added new content/service partners to its VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) platform — with the two major ones being Hulu Plus and Blockbuster On Demand. However, the full press release states that [...]