New research from Parks Associates and also from Strategy Analytics puts the number of connected TV devices, which includes set-top boxes, smart televisions, game consoles and more, now exceeds 1 billion installed units, and are on pace to hit the 2 billion mark by 2018. No surprise that Roku is now the most widely used streaming media player in 44 percent of American homes that watch online video through their living room TV.
The studies verify that nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of
pay-TV subscribers have at least one device connected to their TV, according to
Parks, an increase from 53 percent in 2013.
Roku devices and Apple TVs account for 72 percent of streaming media
device sales in the U.S. in 2013. Up and coming Google’s Android TV/Chromecast and
Amazon's new entry, FireTV could both prove to be strong future competitors,
the report notes, while also pointing out Apple TV as a "sleeping
giant." MORE: 07/10/14 - techcrunch.com - Connected TV Market Crosses 1B Devices As Google Pins Its Hopes On Android TV or ParksAssociates - The Evolving Market for Streaming Media Devices (sub. req.) or 07/09/14 FierceCable - Parks: Roku owns 44% of the U.S. OTT device market