HBO stirred a hornet's nest with its announced plan to offer its standalone HBO Now service exclusively on Apple TV.
HBO's decision to launch its standalone streaming video service, HBO Now, exclusively on Apple TV--with first availability in early April--has rearranged the streaming space by giving Apple exclusive rights to a premier content provider and leaving competing players Netflix, Amazon Prime and Roku to look on. For now.
Ten percent of U.S. households bought a streaming media device in 2014 with Roku the leading choice, a survey by Parks Associates says.
While recent surveys are finding that Americans have more streaming devices available to them than ever before, how they use those devices may be shifting--yet again. A recent study by GfK found that the use of game consoles like the Xbox or PlayStation to watch Netflix has declined 5 percent since 2013, to 43 percent of the SVOD service's subscribers.
Even as Amazon announced the availability of more channels and apps on its new Fire TV, a sour note sounded for one streaming device maker. Apple TV sales are slowing, even as the market continues to grow, a new Strategy Analytics report says.
NEW YORK--Dedicated streaming devices like Apple TV and Roku have one distinct advantage over competing devices that offer multiple functionalities: OTT services like Netflix load significantly faster, with programs starting up within 2 seconds on average.
Apple CEO Tim Cook continued to play coy about future new product categories the company might be breaking into later this year. He also indicated he thinks the mobile payments market hasn't been "figured out" yet.
Online retail giant Amazon announced its long-rumored streaming device this morning: Amazon Fire TV, a set-top box that Kindle VP Peter Larsen said is three times as powerful as competing devices from Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV. The device retails for $99 and will ship starting today.
Calling a rumored streaming deal between Comcast and Apple "too good to be true," tech publication GigaOM and others questioned the timing and details of the Wall Street Journal report that set the industry abuzz.
Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated what he is has been saying for months: that Apple will enter a new product category this year. The biggest and most likely bet is that Apple will get into wearable computing with some kind of smart watch, though Apple observers have also been speculating (for years) about an expanded TV offering.