Over 3.1 million smart TV sets were sold in Germany in 2012, according to a report from the German consumer electronics association Gfu (Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Unterhaltungselektronik) and over a third of all flat screen TVs sold in Germany were equipped with internet connectivity.
A survey of more than 4000 viewers in the US, UK, France and Germany by research company Futuresource Consulting has revealed that although internet connectivity has expanded rapidly in recent years, over 25% of connected TV owners do not use their TVs to connect to the internet. The connection rates vary considerably between the countries surveyed – the UK is the lowest with only 56% of connected TV owners using the connection, and France the highest with 71% connected. Nevertheless, the ‘Living with Digital’ survey found that over 44% of connected TV owners cite the Internet connectivity as a key reason for choosing a TV.
By: SES ASTRA
Belgian telecom provider Mobistar has launched a hybrid satellite/internet TV offer to provide phone customers with extended television flexibility and choice. Mobistar TV combines DTH satellite TV with DSL Internet to provide over 500 television and radio by satellite and interactive services, catch-up TV and content-on-demand via the Internet, along with programme recording management via a smart phone.
Satellite television, including Flemish national channels, HD and 3D channels, and a wide range of European free-to-air channels, is delivered to Mobistar TV users direct from the ASTRA satellites. President and CEO of SES ASTRA, Ferdinand Kayser said: "The combination of DSL and DTH reception brings together two excellent infrastructures, with satellite as the ideal broadcast infrastructure for high quality TV and DSL as the most suitable means for providing interactivity and on-demand services. We expect this trend towards hybrid solutions to increase."
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