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4K/UHD Picking Up Steam

4K-labelThe shipment numbers for 4K TVs have begun to look a lot more promising for the manufacturing industry through this year’s 3rd quarter. When compared to last year, sales have risen by 500% over the first three quarters, totalling 6,4 million sets. Korean giant Samsung leads the way, earning a market share of 35%.

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Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App

Let’s have a look at how social networks are growing, courtesy of Techcrunch. Hint: Tumblr wins.

Samsung’s New Smart TV Development Platform Runs On Tizen

Samsung is not going to end fragmentation of Smart TV platforms as it keeps pushing Tizen.

President Obama Calls For A Free And Open Internet, Wants It Reclassified As A Utility

Lame duck president has big plans for free and open internet. Could reclassifying the network as an utility work?

Germany Rejoice, Roku Is Coming!

Featured Image -- 1836It just won’t be marketed as a Roku Box, but rather as the “Sky Online TV Box”. Roku’s hardware will power Sky’s OTT video offer in Germany, aimed at reaching an audience outside of the realm of cable Pay-TV.

This move by Sky comes on the heels of Netflix’s launch in Germany and is part of Roku’s white label strategy.

Read more at Gigaom.

The Future Of TV Is Online

internet_tv_header_deIn a recent article on wired.com, the author predicts a full shift of TV viewing to online TV. He has data to back up his claim, too: “Researchers tracked 165 online video views and 1.53 billion logins over a year, and they found that total TV viewing over the internet grew by 388 percent in mid-2014 compared to the same time a year earlier—a near-quintupling. And the increase is more than just a few diehards binge-watching: the number of unique viewers well more than doubled, growing 146 percent year-over-year.”

Online TV viewing is no longer a niche populated by tech savvy geeks. Streaming devices are making it easier to access online TV sources on your big screen TV. Add tablets and phablets to the hardware mix, add HBO and CBS to the OTT content source mix and you have a recipe for success.

Read the whole article here.

Get the Adobe research data here.