The first full week of April was a busy one! We’re continuing to see a lot of buzz about the trend towards multi-screen TV viewing, particularly on tablets. But it doesn’t stop there – the conversation continues regarding the conflict over who owns the content and how can it be monetized on every device. In case you missed any of the news, here are some of the most thought-provoking articles from this week.
1. Mobile Trend to Watch: Apps That Interact With Your Favorite TV Shows
April 6, 2011
By Ginny Miles, PC World
Think about it: How often do you post status updates or look up something on Wikipedia or IMDb about a show you’re watching? A new kind of entertainment app hitting app stores provides viewers with a secondary screen to supplement what they’re already watching. I got a chance to demo the latest second-screen app, USA Network’s WWE Tough Enough app for its wrestling reality show of the same name.
2. Tempest in a Tablet
April 4, 2011
By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News
Cable’s efforts to deliver TV programming to customers across a constellation of devices is hitting a speed bump on Apple’s iPad. At the center of the dispute lies a core question: On what devices are you allowed to watch TV?
3. Clover’s Week: Motorola’s Monte Carlo rally
April 7, 2011
By Julian Clover, Broadband TV News
When it comes to devices then Motorola is arguably the best placed to take advantage of the current trend for multiscreen viewing. It can provide you with the traditional set-top box, or at least a more sophisticated version thereof, and take this all the way through to a tablet or mobile.
4. As Hulu Revenue Doubles, It Sparks a Set Top Box Boom
April 5, 2011
By Ryan Kim, NewTeeVee
Hulu’s CEO Jason Kilar reiterated that the video service is expected to double its revenue in 2011 and is expected to hit 1 million paid subscribers. The figures point to the larger effect that Netflix and Hulu are having on consumer behavior and also hardware sales.
Similar coverage seen in: FierceCable, FierceOnlineVideo
5. Cord Cutting Will Slow, But Continue to Grow
April 4, 2011
By Ryan Lawler, GigaOm
New research from Convergence Consulting Group suggests that the number of viewers who choose to go without pay TV subscriptions, relying on broadband video services instead, will continue to grow in 2011, but at a slower pace that than the market saw last year. In its latest report, The Battle for the North American Couch Potato, the research firm estimated that a million households cancelled their pay TV subscriptions in 2010, choosing instead to get their content from Netflix, Hulu and other online sources. That was an increase from the 550,000 households in 2008 and 2009.
And, as a bonus, check out some coverage in support of our VAP2400 launch! We’re thrilled with the support from our friends and fans in the media.
Motorola launches VAP2400 video bridge for streaming HD content to TVs
April 5, 2011
By Shane McGlaun, SlashGear
Motorola has been making hardware for TV fans for a long time. Many cable companies use DVRs from Motorola and Motorola also makes a bunch of the cable modems and other hardware you might use in your home. The company has announced a new HD video bridge called the VAP2400 that streams HD video wirelessly to any TV in the home.
Similar coverage seen in: USA TODAY, Wireless Federation, The FINNANCIAL, Hindustan Times, ITWire, ClickBlogs
What were the most interesting news items you saw this week and why? Share them with us! Also, check in with us again at this same time next week, we’ll have another Top 5, including highlights from NAB.
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