Archive | July 2013

What’s the business case for Google’s Chromecast?

Google’s new content streaming product Chromecast is high on the tech news agenda at the moment. This cheap gadget should let you stream content from a computer running Chrome, iOS or Android device and is expected to give Google a stake in a market for streaming devices that’s currently dominated by consoles, Apple and Roku.

Under pressure

Competition between Apple and Google has reached such intensity it’s easy to characterize the new device as nothing more than an Apple TV spoiler, but that’s to limit these systems to some monochromatic duopoly. Read More…

Television heads over the top

Yet more evidence consumers are driving change in the way broadcasting works comes in the latest Infonetics research reports that claim Pay TV incumbents are losing subscribers to new IPTV services in Brazil, Russia and Europe, even while Apple now offers the world’s most popular streaming TV solution, Apple TV.

Channel surfing

“We continue to see strong growth among telco IPTV upstarts, like Rostelecom in Russia, GVT in Brazil, KPN in the Netherlands and providers in Eastern Europe where competition for new pay TV subscribers is particularly fierce,” said Infonetics analyst, Jeff Heynen. Read More…

Apple, Samsung, move to transform television

Yet more evidence of an app future for television as Apple approaches a deal to offer Time Warner TV shows via the Apple TV and recruits new talent to lead negotiations with media and cable companies in order to widen what it offers via its set top box. Meanwhile at the opposite end of the ring, Samsung has acquired intelligent TV pioneer, Boxee.

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Apple v Samsung

Apple is reportedly closing in on a deal with Time Warner in which it will offer TV shows from that brand via the Apple TV. Bloomberg also claims the company has hired Peter Distad from US online video service, Hulu, to lead negotiations with broadcast and cable firms. Read More…