Rovi Buys TiVo For $1B, Consolidates Personal TV Marketplace 

Rovi, the digital entertainment guide provider, said it would buy TiVo, the digital video recording technology company, for $1.1 billion in cash and stock. The deal had been rumored for some weeks.Mid-day trading of TiVo stock was up 5.7% to $9.96. Rovi’s stock is up 5.5% to $18.30 in mid-day trading. Rovi’s price for TiVo[…]

Samsung: IoT Will Mean Better TV and Easier Parking 

Perhaps known best for its HDTVs and the Galaxy family of smartphones and tablets, Samsung is now building up its software offerings in its quest to stake out a presence in the living rooms, automobiles, and smart cities of the future.The Korean electronics giant unveiled an SDK for its smart TVs at its developers conference[…]

FTC To Tackle Privacy Concerns Raised By Smart TVs 

The Federal Trade Commission plans to explore consumer protection issues raised by new technologies, including “smart TVs,” the agency announced this week.”In 2016, virtually all television delivery systems — smart TVs, streaming devices, game consoles, apps, and even old-fashioned set-top boxes — track consumers’ viewing habits, and sometimes in new and unexpected ways,” the FTC[…]

Digital Ad Spending to Surpass TV Next Year

Next year will mark a major milestone for ad spending, as total digital surpasses TV for the first time, according to eMarketer’s newest quarterly ad spending forecast. In 2017, TV ad spending will total $72.01 billion, or 35.8% of total media ad spending in the US. Meanwhile, total digital ad spending in 2017 will equal[…]

Apple’s first TV series to focus on developers, ‘app economy’

Not much is known about the untitled project, but Billboard reports Apple’s first swing at original programming will be a non-scripted series focusing on the app ecosystem. Information provided by Apple, while sparse, suggests the series will focus in part on the development of first-party apps.”One of the things with the App Store that was[…]

Connected TV To Grow 17%, Chromecast Has Big Plans For 2016 

Connected TV usage will continue to climb in the coming years — growing 17% this year and 11% in 2017.Gaming connected consoles will still command the most users — 54.3 million, according to eMarketer, a 5.1% improvement from a year ago.Google Chromecast, as a connected TV device, will see the greatest growth — up 32.4%[…]

Broadcast TV Is Still Outpacing Netflix’s Top Shows by Millions of Viewers Per Episode

Hit streaming shows on Netflix and Amazon may seem to be pulling huge audiences, but they’re still lagging far behind TV’s top programs, according to data obtained exclusively by Adweek.Multiplatform measurement firm Symphony Advanced Media—whose data was recently used by NBC as evidence the network was staying well ahead of Netflix—has released a new round[…]

No End in Sight For TV Ratings Free Fall | Media

As the broadcast networks settle in for their long winter’s nap, there is little evidence to suggest that the coming year will spell an end to the ongoing ratings crisis. Through the first 11 weeks of the 35-week regular-season TV schedule, only three legacy programs have improved upon their year-ago ratings numbers, while no fewer[…]

Big bang, Part Two: San Antonio Spectrum Auction

In just two weeks, on Dec. 8, the Federal Communications Commission will set in motion a series of events that could well change the face of television in America and indeed of the entire media marketplace.In what’s known as a spectrum auction, the FCC is offering TV station owners huge sums of money to sell[…]

This AOL-Owned Product Can Track The Ads You Watch On TV–And Target Your Phone

Millennial Media says its technology can send follow-up ads to your phone by monitoring the commercials you watch on television. An AOL-owned company says it can now send advertisements to users’ smartphones based on the television commercials they watch. The new technology, offered by Millennial Media, extracts data from set-top boxes and anonymously matches it[…]