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‘Friends’ DVD, Digital Sales Soar as It Takes a Break From Streaming

Data from retail tracking service NPD VideoScan reveals that after the announcements that “Friends” and “The Office” would disappear from Netflix (the latter series at the end of 2020) and move to streaming sites HBO Max and Peacock, respectively, disc sales for both complete series skyrocketed: Physical sales spiked in July and remained high through the end of the year. – Michael Schneider, Variety » https://ift.tt/2V7IIVV

Roku Stretches Lead As #1 Streaming TV Platform in US After Record Q1 Performance: Strategy Analytics

The report, USA Connected TV Device Vendor Market Share Q1 2019, finds that there are now more than 41 million Roku-based devices in use, including Roku media streamers and Roku-based smart TVs, accounting for 15.2% of all media streaming devices. Roku now has a 36% lead over the next major platform, Sony PlayStation, in terms of devices in use. – Business Wire via Yahoo Finance » https://ift.tt/31Urj3Q

US-China trade war hits TV panel orders

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South Korean TV brands’ panel purchasing volume is forecast to decline a little to 17.3 million units in the second quarter of 2019, down 3% from the previous quarter or 1% from a year ago. This, said IHS Markit, is indicative of weakness in panel purchasing following a decline of 2% in the first quarter on a quarter-to-quarter basis and no change on a year-on-year basis. – Rebecca Hawkes, Rapid TV News » http://bit.ly/2WDtf0M

Facebook Live Is the New QVC

Scan across the Facebook Live map, and more often than not, someone will be selling you something: impossibly fuzzy blankets; vintage clothing; pearls. Facebook launched Live to all users in 2016, hoping to capitalize on the burgeoning live video trend and court high school and college-age users who were moving away from the platform toward competitors like Snapchat. But for small business owners, Live streaming has taken the passive ecommerce shopping experience and made it active, without ever forcing a shopper outside for human interaction. Sellers aren’t just selling pearls: They’re selling two hours of time—what Reeves calls “hanging in the comments”—chatting about relationships, motherhood, and, from time to time, pearls. – Beejoli Shah, WIRED via Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2zCx8b3

Roku hits 15 million monthly users, 7 billion hours streamed in first half of 2017

With 15 million active users, Roku isn’t necessarily running away with the market, nor is it lagging behind. According to eMarketer data from last fall, the Chromecast in 2016 had 30.6 million U.S. users, while Apple TV lagged with 20.5 million U.S. users. At the time, the Fire TV was predicted to capture 27 percent of the U.S. market share by 2020, followed by Chromecast (29.5%), Roku (22.7%), and Apple TV (12.8%). – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch http://ift.tt/2uS2J3e

Audio Streaming Rises 68%, Vinyl Sales Surge 53%, Music Report Says

In total, music consumption increased just 1.5% to 123 million albums, said the British Phonographic Industry. The strongest increase was with the 45 billion audio streams served through digital services including Spotify, Apple, Deezer and Tidal. This was two-thirds more than 2015 and accounted for 36.4 per cent of all U.K. music consumption. The figure touched 1 billion streams a week for the first time in December. George Michael’s death came right at the end of the period. – Mark Beech, Forbes http://ift.tt/2iGexm0

Chromecast overtakes Apple TV

The IHS Technology Connected Device Market Monitor report says there are now 8.1 billion connected smartphones, tablets, personal computers, TVs, TV-attached devices and audio devices worldwide. At the same time, Google Chromecast has finally managed to outship rival Apple TV. It delivered 3.2 million Chromecast units compared to 1.7 million units from Apple. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News
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