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The TV of tomorrow? Not yet, but stay tuned Google TV has potential


The announcement of Google TV going international was received initially with some excitement. But slowly reality dawned. At £200 ($310) the device looks expensive, and on further examination of the services currently available – YouTube, Google’s own VOD store and iPlayer the only major services of note – it looks underwhelming. However, as a standalone device it is not too far off what Apple offers on its Apple TV devices.

Operators taking different roads to the Smart Home but not all will arrive

Facebook may yet have a role to play in the evolving TV ecosystem

It became clear at the Digital Home World Summit last week that the future of the Smart home remains very much a great unknown. A variety of different business models and service providers emerged all offering broadly the same set of services. That said some plans were grander in their thinking then others.

Cisco follows its own advice as its seeks to establish itself in video

Ericsson plans to acquire Technicolor's broadcast services division

Pay-TV vendors received another major shock this week as Cisco, one of the foremost providers of telecoms infrastructure, bought NDS, a leading middleware and CAS provider.

Kinect-like controllers come to Smart TVs

Motion control is the new remote

Does this year’s CES mark the beginning of the end for the traditional TV remote? It is hard to say for sure of course but there certainly does seem to be a real push from TV manufacturers to move away from the traditional remote or offer additional ways for users to interact with their TVs. So far I have come across four different ways in which manufacturers are developing new methods of user interaction with the TV that in the long term at least will either make an actual physical product a thing of the past or unrecognizable.

UK high street fails to push Smart TVs to consumers

The all-IP network will help Bouygues launch rich media services

According to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media, awareness of Smart TVs remains low as UK retailers fail to educate consumers of their benefits and provide even the most basic information regarding connected-TV features. Informa estimates that 35 per cent of all TVs sold this year will be “smart”, however, this is a result of internet connectivity becoming a “default” technology in more and more TV sets as standard, rather than an increase in consumer demand.

Less-feted connected-home services should not be ignored

Are IPTV's days numbered?

The idea of the connected home is becoming synonymous with multiroom IP video services, perhaps the hardest service to deliver to the home. IP video not only has high bandwidth requirements and is very time-sensitive, requiring low latency. And beyond technological demands, the difficulty in acquiring multiscreen rights has already threatened to derail TV Everywhere services in many markets.