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Poignant moment as Disney pushes new TV series onto tablets first, cable later

The new series, entitled “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West”, is aimed at children aged 2 to 7 and is expected to arrive on the Watch Disney Junior app and a related micro website on November 24. The series will then hit the firm’s two traditional TV networks – Disney Channel and Disney Junior – in early 2014. One of the company’s execs explained the rationale behind the move to The New York Times. “We have been amazed at how quickly kids have embraced this new technology," said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president of Disney Junior Worldwide. "We’re talking billions of minutes spent [...]
avatarby Tab TimesOctober 29, 20130 comments

Sign of the times: Nielsen to track smartphone & tablet TV viewing from 2014

Variety reports that Nielsen is due to announce the decision next week, having spent three years deciding how it could measure TV rankings across TVs and other digital devices. There could be some limitations, however. The Verge suggests that the ratings will only be able to measure “linear” viewing – that which takes place at the same time as the show is being broadcast on a TV set – meaning that later catch-up consumption may be discounted. The change will apparently require broadcasters to include “special code” on their mobile apps so that Nielsen can track live TV. The tablet has become synonymous with multi-screen TV [...]
avatarby Tab TimesSeptember 20, 20130 comments

9 in 10 tablet owners multi-task when watching TV

Surveying device owners across 15 countries, the market research firm found that these folk typically use applications for email, web browsing, Facebook and checking the weather when watching a TV program. However, analysts dispelled claims that tablets are on the cusp of replacing TVs, even if they did suggest that iPads and Android slates are impacting sales of smaller television sets. “There is a commonly held belief that the increasing popularity of tablets and smartphones will cannibalize or otherwise adversely affect sales of other devices,” said Riddhi Patel, research director at DisplaySearch. “While we see that tablet ownership affects [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJuly 18, 20130 comments

Smaller tablets and China expected to help tablets become bigger than notebooks

The report comes from market research group NPD DisplaySearch and explains that tablet shipments will reach more than 240 million units worldwide in 2013, with notebooks forecast to reach 207 million units. The results come courtesy of the firm’s latest Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report, which as well as highlighting that tablets are overtaking notebooks, also details some shifting dynamics within the tablet market. The report states that smaller 7 to 8-inch tablets will grow to account for 45% (or 108 million units) of the tablet market in 2013, with 9.7-inch devices like the iPad dropping to a share of 17% (41 million units). Tablets [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJanuary 8, 20130 comments

Analyst: Why 2013 is shaping up to be the year tablet sales eclipse notebooks

Part of the reason for the slower notebook sales in recent months was the wait for Windows 8 to launch. But DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh also notes that many buyers have simply chosen to buy a tablet instead. “Tablet PCs continue to capture consumers’ favor, as those who care more about content consumption than creation value portability and convenience, and thus tablet PCs are taking share from traditional clamshell notebook PCs,” Hsieh said in a blog post. “At the same time, economic concerns have hampered enterprise IT spending, which hits notebook PCs in particular.” Hsieh also said a hot topic in industry circles is [...]
avatarby Tab TimesDecember 11, 20120 comments

Black Friday to help tablets jump notebook shipments for the first time: report

The research group expects this to be the start of a trend which sees 80 million tablets shipped in 2013, compared to 63.8 million notebooks, figures which would mark the first time more tablets than notebooks have been shipped in North America on an annual basis. The firm used its DisplaySearch blog to detail that this trend was down to the already high penetration rate of PCs in U.S. homes, increasing consumer preference for tablets and the emergence of big brands like Amazon and Google in the tablet market. NPD DisplaySearch believes that Black Friday will be the 'catalyst' of this, something it puts down to the increasing variety of screen sizes and the [...]
avatarby Tab TimesNovember 21, 20120 comments

Tablet TV viewing has doubled in the last year, says DisplaySearch

Speaking through its new ‘Global TV Replacement Study’, the firm said that this claim was true across 14 regional countries, and says that global consumers are increasingly seeing tablets as an alternate device for discovering and watching TV shows and videos. The firm says that Turkey is the fastest growing region for tablet use in this regard, with usage jumping from 3% in 2011 to 16.5% in 2012, but also highlights strong increases in Germany (up nearly four-fold on a year-on-year basis), France and the U.S. (both of which saw their tablet usage increase 3X over the year). However, while NPD DisplaySearch is keen to state the increasing content being [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJune 28, 20120 comments
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