Chromecast Owned 35% of the Streaming Device Market in 2015!

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Chromecast Owned 35% of the 2015 Set-Top Box Market, Says Report

Streaming Media – By: Troy Dreier – “The compact and inexpensive Google Chromecast dominated the connected living room in 2015, says a report from Strategy Analytics. The Chromecast took 35 percent of the global set-top box and stick market, followed by Apple TV, Roku devices, and Amazon Fire TV. Those four brands control the streaming living room. The Chromecast’s low price makes it an impulse purchase, notes report author David Watkins, who adds that many prefer its mobile-centric approach to content access and control. The company’s Q3 2015 report also found that Chromecast owned 35 percent of the market.

While Chromecast took the largest market share, Apple has shipped the most units. Apple shipped nearly 37 million Apple TVs since the box first launched in 2007. Google has shipped 27 million Chromecasts since it debuted two-and-a-half years ago. Roku has shipped 20 million box and stick devices, while Amazon has shipped under 10 million Fire TVs.

Those four companies are finding plenty of willing buyers, as global demand for living room streaming devices was up 32 percent in 2015. The total amount of streaming devices (including game consoles, connected TVs, and Blu-ray Players) totaled 220 million units in 2015, with 84 million shipped in the last quarter.

The report also looks at the connected TV space, finding that Samsung, LG, and Sony make up 50 percent of the market share. However, TCL and Hisense and gaining fast, and are expanding outside of China.”

The New Roku 4 Leads in 4K

Roku 4And, now I want one! Wow!

Review: Roku 4 Streams 4K Video With More Powerful Model

Streaming Media.com – By: Troy Dreier – “Roku is taking a lead on 4K, making ultra-high definition support the defining feature of its new Roku 4 set-top box. Someone’s got to be first, and while there isn’t much 4K content around yet, Roku is helping TV-lovers find and stream it. That gives it a critical differentiator over the new Apple TV, which doesn’t support 4K.

Using the Roku 4 doesn’t require a UHD TV, and there’s a lot to like about it even with an HD set (which is how we tested it). The box has a quad-core processor and triple the RAM of the Roku 3, and performed perfectly in our testing. Combining its hardware with the existing quick-start feature for Netflix and Amazon meant we never had to wait more than a few seconds for content. The Roku 4 includes 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi, which is helpful for 4K streaming because it has strong throughput. Viewing 4K video requires an HDCP 2.2 HDMI port. The set-top box also includes optical digital audio for the first time, (something we weren’t able to test) and upscales SD video to 720p.

Roku has thrown some variety into the screen savers this time, and automatically shows 4K nature images when the screen is inactive. We loved how rich and detailed they looked, even at 1080p. Those screen savers are customizable, but more on that later.

We didn’t have to wait long to test out the remote finder, since remotes naturally get lost in a messy TV room. Press a button on the box and the remote plays a sound of your choosing until you pick it up and press a button. It worked as it should, and is a fun conversation piece.

The improved hardware is only part of the story here. Roku has long been a master of the perfectly intuitive user interface, and the company has released an OS update (to OS 7) that adds useful new features without crowding the controls.

Roku introduced the My Feed feature back in March, letting users identify movies currently in theaters that they want to stream when available. My Feed gains new abilities with OS 7, as users can now follow any movies, TV shows, actors, or directors they want. When something new is available, My Feed lets you know with helpful on-screen indicators. You’ll see a number in parentheses in the left-hand navigation that lets you know how many new items you have available, then a purple triangle next to every item in the feed that’s been updated. We suspect that many people are spontaneous in their streaming video watching—simply browsing around until they find something good—but the My Feed improvements are a boon for planners who don’t want to miss a thing.

OS 7 and the updated iOS and Android Roku app combine to make Roku’s new Hotel and Dorm Connect feature possible. We haven’t testing this yet, but look forward to doing so later this month during Streaming Media West. This feature gives Roku owners a way around Wi-Fi accounts that require a sign-in. Connect the Roku to a hotel or dorm Wi-Fi network and enter the sign-in information through the app. Once connected, the app passes the credentials over to the Roku. It’s a smart idea, and one that makes the Roku an essential travel companion.

The app is worth updating for other reasons. Those high-resolution screen savers in the Roku 4 are customizable: Using the app, owners can substitute their own photos, high-res or not. The controls are easy and its fun having favorite shots show up on the TV, something Apple TV users know well. The app also includes new tools for searching and managing the feed, as well as playing content. These should have been in place when the app was first launched, but better late then never.

The Apple TV will certainly continue to outsell Roku models, but it shouldn’t. Roku has known that the future of TV is apps for years now, and it creates dead simple user interfaces that make content discovery a pleasure. The Roku 4 continues that with a forward-looking attitude.”

Dr. Bill.TV #402 – Video – “The Very Late at Night Edition!”

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Dr. Bill.TV #402 – Audio – “The Very Late at Night Edition!”

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Dr. Bill.TV #400 – Video – “The 400th Show Celebration Edition!”

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Dr. Bill.TV #399 – Video – “The Googley Edition!”

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Dr. Bill.TV #397 – Video – “The Chromecasty Edition!”

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