In the next few years, nearly half of our flatscreen TVs will feature social media and web-surfing capabilities. With the development of “TV Everywhere,” users often turn to their smartphones and tablets for streaming entertainment while the cable industry works to offer personalized, interactive viewing experiences that combine it all.
In other news, Netflix left many disgruntled when they announced a significant increase in their subscription prices. Will Hulu Plus gain ground with this sudden hike in prices? Will you ditch your Netflix subscription?
1. 500 Million Internet TVs in Homes by 2015 (July 11, 2011) – By Pete Davison, GamePro: Research suggests that by 2015, around 47% of the flat-panel TV market will feature some form of internet connectivity.
2. Cable providers expand TV’s reach by pushing interactivity (July 10, 2011) – By Wailin Wong, The Commercial Appeal: The cable television industry wants TV viewing to go beyond the ability to watch the tube anywhere; it hopes to make the experience more interactive and personalized.
3. SocialGuide debuts daily social TV rankings (July 11, 2011) – By Steve Safran, LostRemote: SocialGuide ranks shows based on their popularity in the social media sphere by day, week or month. It’s a new way of looking at engagement with programming.
4. Beyond Netflix: where else to get your flick fix (July 14, 2011) – By Associated Press: For those looking to expand their media-consumption horizons, there are a growing number of options for watching movies and TV shows online, on DVDs or through cable TV’s on-demand services.
5. Hulu Plus & Netflix Faceoff (July 12, 2011) – By Christina Warren, Mashable: When it comes to subscription streaming services in the United States, what option is most popular with users?