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We all know by now that Google is up to something, perhaps big, with the launch of its Chromecast dongle-style screen-sharing device. Not only are there a lot of hushed discussions by industry professionals and openly by consumers about what this means for the future of TV, but there is also a lot of confusion around the device capabilities, Google’s strategy and whether this is a truly disruptive device or just a great form factor — essentially a replacement for an HDMI cable from your computer to the TV.

The Roku streaming box is the most popular device in its category in the U.S., even more so than the Apple TV, according to a new study from research firm Park Associates.

For Samsung, $30 million is probably just a drop in the proverbial bucket, but spending that cash to acquire Boxee and bring in all 45 staff members is an investment — and perhaps an aggressive move to improve what it can offer consumers in the living room by taking on Apple TV and Roku.

Frost & Sullivan's latest report, Trends in the Australian OTT and Communications Market 2013 finds that driven by advances in smart devices and improvements in mobile networks, Over-The-Top (OTT) applications are among the most downloaded and most used apps on mobile devices.

There will be a hair under 596mn connected TV sets worldwide by 2017, up from 105mn at the end of 2010 and the 212mn expected for this year, according to a new report from UK firm Digital TV Research.

The PlayStation 3 has trailed Microsoft’s Xbox 360 in the video game console market for a long time. But not in everything.

Sony announced today on the PlayStation blog that the PS3 is the number one home entertainment device people use to watch Netflix on their TVs. That’s impressive.

According to the NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Smart TV Usage Study, the way TVs are connected to the Internet varies depending on where consumers live in the world. The results of surveys of households in the US, Japan, China, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK found that 27% of flat panel TVs are connected to the Internet, either directly from smart TVs or via other connected devices.

With consumer demand for bandwidth increasing, EMC companies are seeking merger and acquisition opportunities to gain spectrum, a larger portfolio of services, new customers and to expand their geographic reach. Deal value increased from $26.9 billion in 2011 to $43.5 billion in 2012, primarily because of Softbank's $20 billion-plus deal with Sprint.

Microsoft announced the Xbox One on Tuesday in Redmond, Washington. Given that the Xbox 360 has been around since 2005 and sold over 70 million units worldwide, finally seeing the next-generation console from the #1 player in the market is a pretty big deal.

So what should we make of the new Xbox One, and what might it mean for the future of over-the-top (OTT) TV?

Frost & Sullivan's latest report, Trends in the Australian OTT and Communications Market 2013 finds that driven by advances in smart devices and improvements in mobile networks, Over-The-Top (OTT) applications are among the most downloaded and most used apps on mobile devices. Users are increasingly using their smart devices at work and are increasingly by-passing carrier networks to send messages and to make voice or video calls.

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