14% of Households Use Streaming Media Devices, Roku More Popular Than Apple TV

August 15, 2013

Streaming media device use has doubled since 2011, with 14% of U.S. broadband households using products like the Apple TV or the Roku in 2013, reports Parks Associates (via CNET).

While the Apple TV has increased in popularity over the last several years, it falls short of competing product Roku. A survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households revealed that 37% used a Roku device while 24% used an Apple TV, making Roku the most used streaming set-top box in the U.S.

Parks Associates predicts that worldwide connected TV device sales will double to reach 330 million annually by 2017, with annual sales revenue increasing almost 100%.

“Innovations such as next-gen game consoles and 4K or ultra-HD TVs will boost unit sales for these devices, but overall, consumers are reluctant to replace these big-ticket items solely for smart upgrades,” said Barbara Kraus, director, research, Parks Associates. “As a result, streaming video media devices will have a thriving market because they can offer innovations such as streaming video at low prices. Devices such as Roku’s streaming players and Google’s Chromecast will benefit from these market conditions.”


Roku Is Getting Apple AirPlay-like Wireless Video Mirroring With Miracast

June 27, 2013

Over Wifi Direct… My favorite streaming device.

Roku has teamed up with Broadcom to bring Miracast video mirroring to its video streaming devices. The technology will allow consumers to stream video and mirror a device’s desktop directly from their laptop or mobile phone to a Roku device, much in the same way AirPlay allows the mirroring of content from iOS devices on an Apple TV.

Broadcom first hinted at a cooperation with Roku at CES, was highlighted the partnership at Mobile World Congress. Roku has been using Broadcom chips for some time, and in the past IT closely collaborated with the chip maker on the launch of its second-generation hardware, so it makes a lot of sense for Roku to add support for Broadcom’s Miracast as well.

Check out the video below for a demo of Miracast:


Apple television expected in mid-2012 as competition is ‘scrambling’

November 25, 2011

Commercial production of Apple’s anticipated television set is expected to begin in February at a Sharp plant in Japan, while competing HDTV makers are reportedly desperate to find out just what Apple plans to sell.

Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said in a note to investors this week that Apple is expected to partner with Sharp for TFT-LCD panels for its so-called “iTV.” Production is expected to begin in February at the company’s Gen 10 Sakai facility in Osaka, Japan, placing the television set in position for a mid-2012 launch.

Apple’s expected entrance into the television market is said to have sent other TV makers “scrambling” to identify what the features of the product may be.

“They hope to avoid the fate of other industries and manufacturers who were caught flat footed by Apple,” Misek wrote. “Having said that, it appears that mainstream TV manufacturers are likely to be at least 6 to 12 months behind in a best-case scenario.”

TV makers are said to be looking at Android as a potential option to counter Apple’s anticipated television set. In that scenario, the television market would act much like the current smartphone landscape, with manufacturers making the hardware and Google providing the operating system.

TV makers are said to be looking to Android because they lack the software and cloud capabilities Apple already offers. Earlier reports have also suggested that Apple will implement its proprietary voice recognition service, Siri, to allow controller-free navigation and further differentiate itself from current products on the market.

Rumors of an Apple television set picked up considerable steam with the release of the authorized biography of Steve Jobs. To biographer Walter Isaacson, Jobs hinted at a completely new product that would feature “the simplest user interface you could imagine.”

A pciture of how it might look, given other Apple productsIn an interview published last week, Isaacson revealed that before he died, Jobs had three products he wanted to reinvent, with the television being first among them, followed by textbooks and photography. Jobs reportedly felt there was “no reason” for televisions to be as difficult to use as they currently are.

Misek’s timeframe for a mid-2012 Apple television launch is slightly more aggressive than some other rumors have suggested. For example, last month The New York Times forecast Apple to announce the product by late 2012, with it going on sale to consumers by 2013.

Yes, Apple’s Building A TV — And It Will Be Powered By Siri, Voice Activation

October 28, 2011

Nick Bilton over at the New York Times has quietly released what is either a mega-scoop or some sharp speculation supported by original reporting.

NYT: Apple’s TV is Coming in 2013 and Will Have Siri Instead of a Remote

it might look like this???

It’s a rare occurrence when an Apple executive leaks one of the company’s upcoming products, especially when it comes from Steve Jobs himself. But in Walter Isaacson’s new Steve Jobs biography, it is revealed that Steve “finally cracked” the television set.

The story has spawned a whole new round of Apple TV rumors in the past couple weeks, and the latest comes from Nick Bilton of The New York Times, who claims the set is on track for a 2013 release, and that instead of a remote, you’ll control it using Siri.

Bilton writes:

Apple engineers and designers, spurred by Mr. Jobs, have been struggling for years to find a new interface for the television. One of the biggest hurdles, according to people with knowledge of the project, has been replacing the television set’s annoying best friend: the awkward and confusing remote control. Apple would give people a way to choose the content on their television that is as easy as choosing the content on their iPod, iPhone or iPad

Enter Siri.

It’s the stuff of science fiction. You sit on your couch and rather than fumble with several remotes or use hand gestures, you simply talk: “Put on the last episode of Gossip Girl.” “Play the local news headlines.” “Play some Coldplay music videos.” Siri does the rest.

We’re not sure which. But we’re convinced:

Apple’s building a TV, and it will be powered by Siri.

Steve Jobs’ “I’ve finally cracked it” comment to Walter Isaacson, Bilton says, was referring to the TV interface, not the actual TV set. Instead of having a pile of remotes on our coffee tables, or an absurdly complicated remote keyboard like the one Google set with Google TV, we’ll just tell Siri what you want to watch. And Siri will play it.

Per Bilton:

  • Apple has been working on its TV solution since 2007
  • A year ago, a source of Bilton’s said a TV was a “guaranteed product” for Apple, because “Steve thinks the industry is totally broken.”
  • Barclays estimates that TVs could quickly be a $19 billion business for Apple, assuming the company only captures 5% of the market
  • To roll out a TV, Apple has to wait until the price of 42-inch displays falls further
  • Bilton thinks we’ll see the TV in late 2012 or early 2013

Based on our mixed experience with Siri so far, we’d be surprised if “she” was the only interface with Apple’s iTV, as we’re assuming it will be called. Business Insider’s gadget god, Steve Kovach, says iPhones and iPads will also likely be usable as remotes. That will be handy in case you can’t get Siri to understand what you want…or if you just feel ridiculous talking to your TV.

Either way, that ridiculous pile of remotes and boxes that surrounds your TV will, hopefully, soon be a thing of the past.

In our expected “Apple Product Rollout Schedule,” we’re projecting the iTV will be announced in the fall of 2012, so you can buy one with your holiday shopping.

Go read Nick Bilton’s post here >

SEE ALSO: Apple’s Product Rollout Schedule

Apple Is Building iTV Prototypes, And You Can Probably Expect A 50″ iTV By Late Next Year

October 25, 2011

True? Who knows …

You can probably expect to be able to buy a TV made by Apple in late 2012 or early 2013., according to the most widely trusted Apple analyst in the industry, Piper’s Gene Munster.

We’re guessing this TV will be called iTV.

Munster says Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs – in which Jobs says he finally “cracked the code” on how to build a TV as well as Apple builds phones – is only the latest hint.

“Our thesis is based on meetings with contacts close to Asian component suppliers, industry contacts, Apple’s patent portfolio for television technology, and recent product launches (iCloud, Siri).”

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BOMBSHELL: Steve Jobs Said He ‘Finally Cracked’ How To Make A Great Television

October 21, 2011

There is a new book coming out — Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs doesn’t goes on sale until Monday, “Steve Jobs Bio”: Its 6 Most Surprising Reveals

But the big one didn’t make the list … Steve Jobs Said He ‘Finally Cracked’ How To Make A Great Television. Will Apple actually follow through, who knows.

Steve Jobs told his biographer Walter Isaacson that he figured out how to make a better television set, according to a leaked excerpt in the Washington Post:

“He very much wanted to do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players, and phones: make them simple and elegant,” Isaacson wrote.

Isaacson continued: “‘I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,’ he told me. ‘It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.’ No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. ‘It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.’

The Apple TV set has been rumored for over a year now. We think Apple would shake up the TV industry just like it shook up the phone industry with the iPhone, and the portable computing market with the iPad.

Dream big …

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