In an unintended consequence of the US-China trade dispute, the North American television market has increased its adoption of smart TVs—particularly those based on the Roku TV operating system.
Acorn TV, the streaming service for British and international television in North America, has expanded its distribution channels in the last month.
Roku has delivered ‘better-than-expected’ financials, estimating that 1 in 3 of smart TVs sold during the first quarter were Roku units, making the Roku OS the #1 selling smart TV OS in the United States.
DrinkTV is launching on multiple OTT platforms, offering new and curated cocktail, beer, wine and travel content that aims to do for drinking culture what food-focused programming has done for foodies.
Tetra TV has launched the industry’s first connected TV-focused advertising network.
Roku is launching the Olympic Channel as a free-to-view service on its streaming players.
Epix, the premium TV network owned by Metro Goldwyn Mayer, has announced that its new streaming service Epix Now is available for download on Roku devices and Amazon Fire TV.
Adobe has announced a partnership with Roku to offer Adobe customers the ability to target the consumer audience moving to over-the-top service (OTT).
According to a recent report from Strategy Analytics, worldwide sales of smart TVs reached 157 million units in 2018, representing 67% of all TVs sold during the year.
Roku is making Amazon’s smart speaker Alexa compatible with its latest devices.