Based on forecasts for 138 countries, global digital TV installation is set to accelerate over the next few years up to 2020. Homes with digital TV will increase to about 1.68 billion within the same period; 2014 alone will see an increase of 131 million, according to The Digital TV World Household Forecasts report from Research and Markets. Digital cable TV will become the most popular accounting for 33.6% of the world's TV households.
It felt like a very short while ago 1080 HD TV was the must have television. I haven’t even swap out my Sony CRT yet saying I will wait until the price settle and the technology matured – yes, despite loving technology I’m not an early adaptor. Now, with the introduction of ultra HD 4K TVs I might have to skip HD to Ultra HD. 4K Television not only promise better quality pictures but bigger screens as well, with 50in being the minimum.
France’s Neuilly-sur-Seine has partner with Getgem’s hybrid IPTV services to its customer base in Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Neuilly-sur-Seine is already a broadband provider in both areas; with the Netgem solution Neuilly-sur-Seine will be able to Over the Top (OTT) live and non-linear content to Netgem’s hybrid Set-top boxes (STB).
Samsung Canada and Videotron have launched two new set top boxes - the Samsung HD box and the HD PVR. Both boxes will be available exclusively through Videotron as part of its illico digital television services. According to Samsung the new boxes will enhance the viewing experience of Videotron’s customers.
Telstra is in the process of upgrading its infrastructure to introduce Australians to next generation connected home services. As connected home services begin to take shape in the country Telstra wants to be the key provider of these services. Telstra is proposing a host of services such as content streaming from ABC’s iView catch up TV and AFL Live, home monitoring, gaming and in home support.
DTS and Sharp are partner to integrated DTS high-definition audio technology into Sharp’s new line network-connected televisions. The partnership makes Sharp licensee incorporated DTS 2.0 Channel and DTS 2.0 + Digital Out in televisions, making them capable of delivering superb surround sound and stereo playback.
Motorola has release the findings from its 2011 ‘Motorola Mobility Media Engagement Barometer’ study. They found that new digital home solutions such as cloud services, social and mobile TV are changing the way we see our home appliances. Also consumer wants more content and connection. They also found that the new connected services have created additional revenue streams for service providers.
The UK’s technology trade association Intellect has published a report in which it predicts the UK’s connected home market could worth £3bn a year within the next five years. The report entitled “Connected Home – a Reality” looks at elements of the connected home and offers guidance on making it a reality for everyone.
Panasonics is planning to show off its latest in consumer electronics at this year’s IFA show in Berlin Germany and for those who cannot make it to the show Panasonic is planning to take the show to you via live and interactive broadcast. Through its online portal viewers will be able to explore the Panasonic stand via live webcams and ask product experts questions about the latest Panasonic products, will be in three categories Digital AV Network, Green Technology and Energy Solutions and 3D.
Trident as setup a private suite away from the main show at the Luxurious Wynn Hotel to demonstrate its new class of Internet Connected TV and Set-Top Box (STB) Solutions. Accordng to Trident the demonstration is to highlight its strength in picture quality, 3D TV, connectivity and HD audio.