Netflix & Youtube – Top must have apps for Smart TVs

A recent Harris Poll of 2,634 adults in the US revealed that, Video viewing apps Netflix and YouTube are the most popular apps among smart TV owners. The results show that young smart-tv users who are already accustomed to using apps on their smartphones and tablets are now “app-ifying” their internet-connected TVs.

Manny Flores, Senior Vice President at Harris Interactive said, “Younger adults desire a more social TV viewing experience. With the proliferation of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google+, younger adults are not only more tech savvy, but are accustomed to being able to share their online experiences with their friends and family. So why not add TV viewing to the list of online experiences to share?” Flores further added,” As the TV becomes a more overall entertainment device, it is only a matter of time before we see the mainstream use of additional content apps, such as Facebook, being used on the TV.”

According to the poll, the top 10 must have apps for smart TVs are:

1.  Netflix – 47%
2.  YouTube – 44%
3.  Facebook – 35%
4.  Amazon – 34%
5.  Pandora – 28%
6.  ESPN – 21%
7.  Hulu + – 21%
8.  Twitter – 17%
9.  Syfy – 14%
10. HBO Go – 13%

The popular game Angry Birds might soon be a hot favorite with smart TV owners too. On July 19 Samsung announced the global availability of the app — which is the first to feature motion controls — on Samsung smart TVs.

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