Smartphone/tablet users are getting into TV-content apps, according to a Parks Associates study. The most-common consumer activities with such apps are watching video, looking up information related to programming, plus purchasing related music or merchandise.
By Rocco Pendola:For as solid of a handle as I have had on the company since last year, I'm not quite sure what to make of Netflix (NFLX) at this point. It's tough to find a negative with its enhanced inclusion on the refreshed AppleTV. Consumers can now sign up for a Netflix account through Apple's (AAPL) iTunes interface.
OTTAWA — The federal government will unveil plans this week to force cable and satellite TV providers to offer consumers so-called pick-and-pay services, says a prominent cabinet minister.
The move will be part of a consumer-first agenda to be included by the Conservatives in this week’s speech from the throne.
Consumers are frustrated over being forced to buy large bundles of channels they don’t want when they sign up for satellite and cable TV services, says Industry Minister James Moore.
Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, delivered a rare spectacle at this week's Cable Show, the annual conference for the cable TV business. In a ballroom in Washington, D.C., he delivered a product demo with distinct echoes of Macworld or CES, showcasing the cable operator's X2 user interface and cloud-based DVR. One of the key features: the system allows multiple household devices to play the same content that's on the big screen. “If you don’t have your products on every platform, you’re missing a whole generation,” Roberts said.