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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%.

Fiercecable has more.

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.

10 Million Rokus

roku-box-hero_0Roku has now officially sold 10 million of its streaming boxes in the US, putting them in a runner up position behind the 20 million Apple TVs sold and leaving Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV behind.

It’s hard to say which streaming box is the most successful, since the metrics vary and many households have more than one device. “In its announcement Tuesday, Roku affirmed its usage dominance with its own data, touting that its players account for an average of 37 hours a week of service per home. Apple TV came in second in Roku’s tally, at 15 hours a week, followed by Chromecast (12 hours) and Fire TV (six hours).”

Go to Fiercecable for more or check out this article in Variety

Millennials Are The Largest Group Of Smartphone Owners, And Adoption Is Still Growing

Millennials rule!

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Millennials, one of the largest generational groups in the U.S., on par with the Baby Boomers, are also the largest group of smartphone owners, says Nielsen in a report out today. And their adoption of the devices is still growing: by the second quarter of this year, 85% of those aged 18 to 24 owned a smartphone, and 86% of those aged 25 to 34 did.

That’s up from 77% and 80%, respectively, over the same time last year.

It’s worth also pointing out, on the eve of Apple’s big iPhone 6 reveal next week, that the smartphone in question is more likely to be an Android phone. Nielsen notes that over half (52%) of U.S. smartphones run Android, with Apple iOS accounting for a 42.7% share, and “other” OS’s (Windows Phone, Blackberry, etc.) making up the rest.

But while it didn’t break out the number of Millennials specifically who…

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Another Dongle? Another Dongle!

PhoneLandingHeroIt looks like Microsoft is going to release a streaming dongle soon, to allow users of the Windows Phone to mirror content to their TV using the Miracast technology. Miracast is not as advanced as the system Google’s Chromecast uses. A “key difference is that Miracast is based on streaming media directly, in a P2P-like fashion, from the sender device to the receiver, whereas Google Cast merely points the receiver to a media resource that can be hosted in the cloud.”

Go to Gigaom for more.

Playstation TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV – It’s Getting Crowded In The Streaming Device Market

pstvPlaystation TV is set to be released in the US in October, Smart TVs running on Android TV are also rumored to hit the market this fall, while Roku is getting inside Smart TVs and still selling lots of Roku 3 boxes, competing with the million-seller Apple TV and Google’s cheap Chromecast stick. Don’t forget Amazon Fire TV and all the others!

The competition just keeps on growing in the streaming device market and this is a good thing for consumers because everyone wants to lure them into their ecosystems by keeping prices low and adding feature after feature: OTT video and television, cloud-DVR, (cloud) gaming, you name it, you can have it.

Read more on this developing market at Fierce Online Video.

Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

Looks like 10 million core gamers got their PS4. Now, how does Sony get everyone else to buy one?

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PlayStation 4

Earlier this month, Sony announced that it has already sold 10 million units of its PlayStation 4 game console since its launch last November, a record-setting figure for the company’s hardware. In an interview with Eurogamer published yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida admitted that the company doesn’t really know why its console is doing so well in today’s gaming market.

That sounds like a good problem to have. When sales are high, something is working, so why rock the boat, right?

But as Yoshida points out in the interview, not knowing why people are buying its console now could have serious implications on Sony’s strategy going forward. If it turns out that all of the “core” gamers – those who consistently buy the latest releases in series like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto — coincidentally decided to all buy their preferred next-gen console at once, then it’s…

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