Times Internet's BoxTV Partners With Amkette to Make True OTT a Reality in India

box-tvTimes Internet’s online video-on-demand service  has partnered with Amkette to make a wide variety of content on BoxTV.com available on Amkette’s flagship product – EvoTV.  EvoTV is the first-of-its-kind television-connected device that changes the way of how consumers interact with their television screens. BoxTV has partnered with EvoTV to provide its users with unlimited selection of full length movies and television content through its app on the platform. Consumers can browse and watch over 10,000 hours of free content across various languages and genres with one click on the big screen.

The BoxTV app on EvoTV platform provides several special features which allow users a quick access to movies recommended by BoxTV editorial team on the home-screen, one click access to a large content library with popular movies and TV shows and several multimedia features like play, pause etc though a remote control integration. BoxTV offers a large bouquet of entertainment including blockbuster movies, TV shows, short films and documentaries having unique features such as bandwidth meters, dynamic streaming and video chapters along with an unparalleled metadata and search.

EvoTV is one of the first few products, globally, to integrate XBMC, an open source software media player and entertainment hub for digital media, enabling direct playback from Android and iOS devices for EvoTV users. Some of the innovations on the original Evo TV include: endless number of customizable views with a single click; a remote housing a microphone so that all conversations on VoIP are free of ambient noise; dynamic content discovery; move content across devices; access social platforms like Facebook, Twitter etc. with one click access.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Pandurang Nayak, Business Head, BoxTV said,”One of the key objectives for the BoxTV service is to be available across all different platforms, so users can view the content of their choice anywhere and anytime. EvoTV is an exciting product, bringing together a host of features that one would only find in very premium range of devices under one simple user-friendly device. We are glad to have BoxTV as one of the earliest apps of this ground-breaking platform.”

Users can access the entire BoxTV content catalogue and stream it with ease on the TV via EvoTV. As a special ‘limited time’ offer, BoxTV and Amkette are providing one month free subscription of BoxTV services to anyone buying EvoTV before July 15th, 2013. This application is available on ‘EvoStore’ accesible via EvoTV and the user also has an option to download it from the Google Play Store.

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Apple TV Launched In India @ Rs 7990

appletvFollowing the launch of itTunes India store, Apple has launched Apple TV in India. It is a media streamer that lets you stream and share multimedia content or content stored on iCloud. Neither does it require content storage, nor any syncing with the iTunes library. HD films from iTunes play over the Internet on your HDTV, and music and photos stream from your computer. You can play content from popular services like YouTube, Netflix and Hulu Plus, as well as some other services like Vimeo.

The iCloud and Photo Stream features automatically update your photos.The Airplay feature enables you to wirelessly stream content from your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to your widescreen TV via Apple TV. You can easily watch a movie stored on one of your devices, stream home movies, photos, or videos from websites and AirPlay-enabled apps.with AirPlay Mirroring, you can also display the screen of your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch on your HDTV.So when you tap, swipe, pinch or play something, it shows up on the big screen. AirPlay is available on all devices running iOS 4.3 or later. Some features require the latest software. AirPlay Mirroring is available with iPad 2 or later, and iPhone 4S.
apple tvApple TV is powered by a single core Apple A5 processor and supports upto 1080 pixel resolution. It is very small and weighs only 0.27 kg. It comes with an Apple remote for control and navigation. It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. The device features an HDMI port, a micro-USB port, Ethernet port, a built-in IR receiver (for the remote). It also comes with 512MB RAM and 8GB NAND Flash memory for caching content.

The Apple TV device is compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI and capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz, including popular models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio and Westinghouse.

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Intel is getting into the set-top box business,will reshape the online video delivery business

IntelAccording to FierceOnlineVideo, Intel is ready to launch a new consumer electronics product and an Internet TV offering it hopes will reshape the online video delivery business.

The product is expected to use an over-the-top model but compete with incumbent pay TV service providers.

Intel is joining a crowded field that already includes boxes from Apple TV and Roku as well as streaming online content delivery from Netflix, Hulu and a bevy of others offering varying levels of over-the-top online video Internet content. It’s also entering a field long dominated by cable, telco and satellite providers with deep pockets and even deeper connections with content owners.

It all depends, of course, on Intel’s ability to get the right content at the right price for packages that will entice consumers away from what’s already there. There’s also the question of Intel’s hardware prowess when it comes to developing consumer electronics, but that’s another matter as the chipmaker moves into the content delivery business with packages, rather than standalone content options.

Eventually it is going to be a content play business, if Intel is able to provide high quality content with the boxes and a better subscription package, they will have a good chance.

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Amkette's Connected TV Device EvoTV Enables Users to Surf Internet on TV in India

IT peripherals maker Amkette has launched a new Android operating system-based device couple of months back called ‘EvoTV‘ priced at Rs 9,995, which will allow users to surf Internet on their television sets in the same way they do on their computers.

The company is betting big on the device and expects as much as 50 per cent of its revenues to come from the product.
Similar to Apple TV, EvoTV is a Connected TV device which allows users to access content like videos, games and websites using WiFi and broadband connection. It comes with a remote that acts like a mouse and has a mic to facilitate conversations on VoIP (like Skype).

Google, which operates the Android platform, also plans to launch its set-top box ‘Google TV’ to allow viewers to use their device both for television viewing as well as accessing the Internet simultaneously without adjusting any cables.

The company also plans to export the device to Middle East, Europe and North America in the next three months, he said.

The device is powered by twin ARM processors and comes preloaded with basic applications. Users can also download more apps from the Android application market – Google Play.

“The device has been conceptualized, researched and designed in India (Bangalore and Delhi) and took 14 months in the making, and it will be manufactured in China.

Interesting to note, this space is going to be hot in India in the future. More and more devices will be launched on the Android platform.

Akai also launched a simila Smart Box on the Android platform 2 months box which converts your Idiot box into a Smart TV at a price of Rs 6,590 in India. This android based service is, powered by a 1.25-Ghz processor , comes with a wireless mouse for navigation. It is equipped with 4GB internal memory, expandable upto 32GB through SD card slot.



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Connected TV Shipments To Reach 596 Million By 2017

According to a recent report by Digital TV Research, the number of TV connections to the Internet will reach 596 million by 2017,up from 105 million at end-2010 and the 212 million expected at end-2012.

The US contributed 48 million to the 2010 total (or 45% of the global total), and will grow to 78 million in 2012 (37%) and 147 million by 2017 (only 25% of the global total). Compared to this, China will have 93 million connected TVs by 2017, up from a mere 2 million at end-2010. So Japan will drop from second place in 2010 (13 million) to third in 2017 (43 million).

This global connected TV total translates to 21.4% of global TV sets by 2017, up from only 4.7% at end-2010 and 8.9% by end-2012. The US will have the highest penetration of TV sets by 2017 – at 38.1%, closely followed by Norway (37.7%) and South Korea (37.2%).

Report author Simon Murray said, “There has been something of a backlash against smart TV sets over the last year as critics argue that similar – or even better – offers are available on tablets or even mobile smartphones. Critics complain that connected TV sets provide a clunky experience. Although this is a wake-up call for those involved in the sector, these deficiencies are likely to be addressed reasonably soon as connected TV becomes mainstream. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of online usage via connected TVs is TV-related.”

According to the report, connected TV sets will overtake games consoles in late 2012. Connected TV sets will account for 41% of the 2017 total. There were 31 million installed connected TV sets by end-2010, and this total will rocket to 84 million by end-2012 and onto 243 million by 2017. As a proportion of TV sets, this percentage will climb from 1.4% in 2010 to 3.5% in 2012 and onto 8.7% by 2017.

The report found that, Connected TV via the pay TV settop box has plenty of potential as operators strive to retain their subscribers. TiVo has signed deals with several pay TV operators. Furthermore, Liberty Global/UPC launched its Horizon gateway service across several of its European properties in late 2012. So, from humble beginnings, there will be 98 million sets accessing the Internet via the pay TV settop box by end-2017. However, only 3.5% of global TV sets will be connected this way in 2017.

The global total of connected TV sets via retail settop boxes will reach 40.2 million in 2017, up from only 3.0 million in 2010 and 13.6 million by end-2012. This form of connection is only expected to have a limited impact (1.4% of global TV sets by 2017) due to the superior offers from the other forms of connections.

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Akai launches 'Smart Box'

Japanese consumer electronics firm Akai has launched ‘Smart Box’, which allows users to surf Internet on their television sets, at a price of Rs 6,590 in India. This android based service, powered by a 1.25-Ghz processor , comes with a wireless mouse for navigation. It is equipped with 4GB internal memory, expandable upto 32GB through SD card slot.

Commenting on the launch, Akai Managing Director Pranay Dhabhai said,” Our Smart box is set to change the way people watch television in India. TVs, irrespective of whether it’s a colour TV or LCDs and LEDs, are compatible with the device and using Smart Box can be converted into a smart television.”

With the Smart Box, users can access content like videos, games and websites using WiFi and broadband connection. It has 4 USB ports, hard drives as well as connect to Internet using 3G dongle. The device connects to the internet using LAN, WiFi as well as 3G. It also acts as a router using which other devices like tablet PCs and laptops can be connected to Internet.

Akai India will sell the devices through ecommerce stores, its website as well large format stores and distribution channels. It will also launch television commercials and digital campaigns for the device. There are similar devices available in the Indian market. In June this year, Amkette had launched its ‘EvoTV’ priced at Rs 9,995.

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18% of consumers Access Online Content via TV

Over the last few years, there’s been a huge change in the way users view online content.  Online content can be viewed not only in PC’s or laptops, but also in mobile devices and connected TV’s. According to a new NPD DisplaySearch Connected TV Study, around 18% of consumers access online content daily on their television. The study, based on a global survey of more than 14,000 respondents in 14 regions, found that though desktop PCs and laptops are still the primary source for viewing online content, mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones are gaining ground.

Movies are the most popular source of entertainment for consumers viewing internet content on TVs. Besides movies, consumers also catch up on daily television shows that they miss at its original time of broadcast, allowing them to view content at their convenience. The study revealed that about 30% of respondents, who do not watch online content on television, may be interested in viewing it.

Riddhi Patel, NPD DisplaySearch Research Director of Consumer Insights, said, “Online content is mostly viewed on computers or mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones, but TVs are increasingly becoming devices of choice for consumers, particularly since an increasing numbers of sets have either built-in connectivity or can be connected to the internet via a peripheral device such as a connected Blu-ray player or set top box, among others.”

She added,“Although results differ by country, the results imply that there is still a general lack of interest in viewing online content via TV. This can be attributed to usage of devices other than TVs to view online content as well as a lack of infrastructure and/or expertise to connect their existing TVs to the internet.”

However, the daily usage of TVs to view online content still remains under 30% in most countries. In fact, online content on TV is viewed most aggressively in China—possibly due to consumer interest in viewing foreign programs that may not be available via traditional TV medium.

About NPD DisplaySearch

NPD DisplaySearch has been recognized as a leading global market research and consulting firm specializing in the display supply chain, as well as the emerging photovoltaic/solar cell industries.

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By 2017, Internet Connected TVs to reach $650 million

A recent report by Juniper Research states that by 2017, the number of residential TVs, connected to the Internet via different platforms such as  Blu-ray players, set-top boxes and consoles, and also via built in wireless or Ethernet connectivity, will reach almost 650 million. According to the report, Smart TVs are becoming mainstream amongst consumers, similar to smartphone and tablet adoption. Even though the replacement cycle of TVs are longer, the report forecasts strong growth over the forecast period.

As per another report, ‘Smart Home Ecosystem: Connected Devices, Service Models & Revenues 2012-2017’, there is an increasing demand from consumers for new video content services from so called OTT providers Netflix, LOVEFiLM and YouTube. The revenue and profitability of traditional entertainment services within the home has attracted many new players including content aggregators and platform providers such as Apple and Google. Consumers’ demand for connectivity and content is a major factor that has influenced the smart home entertainment segment in a major way along with the – integration of social media, multi-screen strategies and applications.

Report author Nitin Bhas said,” As the cost of these connected devices fall over the period of forecast, the value of connectivity will rise. The consumer electronics industry along with key players, such as the content aggregators and platform providers, needs to clearly define this device ecosystem and start working towards driving this phase of growth and turn it into a revenue opportunity”.

Besides this, the report also stated that,  due to the lack of fixed broadband connections, the Indian Subcontinent will account for the lowest proportion of connected TV sets throughout the forecast period. By 2017, the Smart Home Revenues are expected to grow from $25 billion this year to almost $60 bn.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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Display Search Research: Connected TV Shipments to Exceed 138 Million Units in 2015

Products launched by TV manufacturers in 2011 show how critical internet services are to the future of TV. In 2011, more than 25% of all flat panel TVs shipped are expected to have some form of internet connectivity. According to the DisplaySearch Q2’11 Quarterly TV Design and Features Report, this number is forecast to grow to 138M units in 2015, accounting for 47% of all flat panel TVs shipped.

“The adoption of connected TV is not just taking place in developed regions,” said Paul Gray, DisplaySearch Director of TV Electronics Research. “Emerging markets often have good broadband services, and there is a thirst from consumers to get the best content available.”

According to DisplaySearch research, by the end of 2015, over 500M connected TVs will have shipped.

DVB-T2 Digital Broadcasting in India 2015 Enables New Market Opportunities for Smart TVs

The recent decision by the Indian government to switch off analog terrestrial signals and move to DVB-T2 digital broadcast in 2015 paves the way for further innovation and brings forward the possibility of a major new market for connected TVs.

At the same time, trends like WiFi Direct enable the TV to partner more readily with handheld devices in the home, such as smart phones and tablets. DisplaySearch forecasts that more than 98M TV sets with 802.11 wireless networking built-in will ship in 2015. “WiFi technologies are the foundation of smart TVs,” added Gray. “We expect that in 2015, 35% of 46” or larger TVs in North America will be smart TVs, defined as having the following capabilities: able to retrieve content from the internet without the restrictions of a portal; intelligent search and recommendations; upgradeable by its owner; and able to network seamlessly with other devices in the home.”

Energy Regulations and Power Consumption Drive LED-Backlit TVs

With energy regulations growing and power consumption on the rise, LED-backlit TVs have a clear advantage. There is a strong case for consumers to choose LED-backlit sets when replacing their TV, given the energy savings. The payback time for an entry-level LED-backlit TV is under four years in California, and under two years in Europe.

Gray added, “The finding is clear, and it is surprising that TV set makers do not market this advantage. Consumers are attuned to fuel consumption in cars, and our Global TV Replacement Study showed that they are equally mindful of electricity usage when choosing a TV.”

The DisplaySearch Quarterly TV Design and Features Report is a quarterly update of the issues and rapid shifts in feature development in TV sets. The 250+ page report examines and forecasts video processor and signal processing IC market development including 120/100 and 200/240 Hz frame rates, as well as market shares for major IC vendors. In addition, the report also features forecasting for MPEG-4 decoding and the digital broadcast environment around the world, including a forecast for DVB-T2; TV connectivity, such as wired and wireless networked TVs; LED backlighting; 3D-capability and implementation; remote control and chassis design; and power consumption.

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DigiVive launches nexGTV: live TV and video content on all primary mobile OS/ Platforms

Digivive recently launched nexGTv, a client application built for all primary mobile OS/ platforms, which provides users access to live TV channels and video on demand on mobile. NexGTv has a range of national and regional channels which include news, entertainment, devotional, music and movies.

“With nexGTv we bring live TV and video on demand to customers on the go. With nexGTv our customers can catch up on latest news and entertainment on their mobile devices wherever and whenever they want to. NexGTv defines an enriched viewing experience with user friendly UI, designed especially keeping in mind the end user experience”, said GD Singh, Executive Director, Digivive Services.

Rohit Sawhney, Sr. Vice President-operations further added “With close to a million downloads already, the product offers high quality live TV & video viewing  experience in both 2G and 3G networks, supports all popular mobile device platforms like: Symbian,  Android, Blackberry etc. Some of the client features include consistent user experience across multiple device platforms, full screen viewing, fast channels launch and switching, integrated EPG TV guide, delete channels and interactive on-screen controls, picture in picture mode, brightness control, volume control and adaptive bit-rate streaming.”

NexGTv has a wide range of TV channels and movie offerings. live TV channels include STAR TV Bouquet, Aaj Tak, DD, India TV, CNEB, Fashion One, Aastha, NDTV 24X7, NDTV Profit, NDTV Goodtimes, etc. Video on demand offers exclusive BR Chopra’s Mahabharat series, movies and short movies. Short movies are full length movies edited to 20 min format for the convenience of end user viewing experience.

Users can download the nexGTv app from their respective app stores free of cost. User needs to go his respective App Store and type nexGTv in the search bar. He then has to select the nexGTv Application and download it. Once the nexGTv App downloads on his mobile device, it is ready to be used to view live TV channels and video on demand.

Via: Telecom Tiger

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