TCL Adds 4K Roku TVs, Steps Up Promotion, Expands Distribution – TWICE

“TCL wants to maintain its status as the fastest-growing TV brand in the U.S. by rolling out its first 4K Ultra HD Roku TVs and by spending more on advertising and promotion in the next 90 to 120 days than it did in the past three years combined, said Chris Larson, TCL North America sales and marketing VP.”

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Kit Digital Relaunches as Piksel at the IBC Show | Beet.TV

“The reorganized and slimmed-down Piksel is relaunching at the current IBC Show in Amsterdam with a continued focus on online video services for major media companies around the world. The company is eyeing growth opportunities in online, VOD and second screen in markets in Europe and North America in particular, says Alan Wolk, Global Lead Analyst at Piksel, in an interview with Beet.TV.”

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PSA: Nintendo TVii now live on Wii U in North America, no download required – Engadget

“Nintendo TVii is now available on Wii Us in North America, arriving right on time with Nintendo’s 24-hour window of ‘December 20.’ The service — which promises to unify the console’s disparate media services under a single application, dubbed ‘TVii’ — doesn’t yet support the promised TiVo or Netflix integration it was announced with, but the former issaid to arrive in January, while the latter is expected in ‘early 2013.'”

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Akamai, AT&T global CDN alliance | Advanced Television

“AT&T is combining Akamai’s industry leading content delivery platform with its world-renowned IP network to deliver to companies an exclusive suite of global CDN and telecom solutions that will be jointly marketed, managed and supported by the two companies. The companies will initially focus their efforts in North America, with plans to expand globally within 12 months.”

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Smart TV shipments up 15% worldwide

Shipments of smart televisions, capable of being connected to the internet, are forecast to grow 15% worldwide in 2012. Connected televisions accounted for more than 40% of shipments in Western Europe in the second quarter of 2012, with the highest number of shipments after China. Connected television shipments remain at around 20% in North America, the lowest level of any region.

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Study: Just 22% of Pay-TV Subscribers Use Paid VOD, But 50% Use OTT Services

Here’s a pretty eye-opening update of how pay-TV operators’ VOD movies options are faring compared with OTT services like Netflix, Redbox, Amazon and others: just 22% of pay-TV subscribers order at least 1 VOD movie per month, whereas half of them use an OTT service. The data is according to a new study by Digitalsmiths of 2,000 pay-TV subscribers in North America over age 18 and speaks to the business opportunity in on-demand movies that pay-TV operators have left open for OTT competitors.

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