Taipei, Thursday, July 28, 2016 01:32 (GMT+8)
thunderstorms
Taipei
32°C
Trends in the Smart TV industry
Tom Lo, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Thursday 25 October 2012]
Registration required (free) to purchase. Please sign in if you wish to continue.
Smart TV services use networks and "smart technology" to deliver a new viewing experience, as well as non-video services for the digital home. Definitions of "smart technology" have changed from simply referring to the ability to connect to the Internet and provide web browsing, to include the ability to download and run apps. Today, smart technology is taken to include sophisticated interface technologies and multiscreen interaction. All of these areas, along with OTT services, will influence future development trends for Smart TV.
Abstract
Voice control application architecture for Smart TV

Smart TV services use networks and "smart technology" to deliver a new viewing experience, as well as non-video services for the digital home. The shift to networks includes both home networking and the Internet. Definitions of "smart technology" have changed from simply referring to the ability to connect to the Internet and providing web browsing in 2010, to include the ability to download and run apps by 2011; today, smart technology is taken to include sophisticated interface technologies and multiscreen interaction. All of these areas, along with OTT services, will influence future development trends for Smart TV.

OTT services are the major video services for Smart TV. Their two-way, IP-based (online) nature facilitates a more diverse viewing experience and gives viewers the ability to shift their viewing activities to different times, places and even devices. In other words, viewers can watch personalized services in the shared environment of the living room, but can also use TVs in combination with handheld devices for a more interactive experience.

The diversification of Smart TV applications and services poses a challenge for interfaces and methods of operating the devices. While improvements are being made to traditional "D-pad" remote controls - adding buttons, scroll wheels and so on - the main future trends for Smart TV interfaces are towards voice control, gesture recognition and motion-sensing control methods. Each of these technologies has distinct advantages and disadvantages, although all have yet to truly meet the requirements of Smart TV.

Home networking applications for Smart TV can be divided into video and non-video applications. Video applications depend on the different roles played by the TV set itself and various peripherals, including serving, control and playback. Non-video applications involve the use of peripherals, particularly handheld devices, to add additional control interfaces and screens to the TV set, in order to resolve the privacy issues that arise from the use of personalized services in a more public environment.

Smart TV has the potential to change global video sales models, act as a catalyst for home networking, and create new business opportunities for the digital home. Improvements in OTT services, control interface technologies and home networking applications will enable Smart TV to deliver new viewing experiences, as well as providing a foundation for delivering non-video applications via Smart TV.

Table of contents
Price: NT$48,000 (approx. US$1,685)
Realtime news
  • Analog Devices, Linear to merge

    Bits + chips | 3h 57min ago

  • UMC looks to 2-3% shipment growth in 3Q16

    Bits + chips | 3h 58min ago

  • BlackBerry launches new Android smartphone

    Mobile + telecom - Newswatch | 3h 59min ago

  • SPIL reports NT$0.90 EPS for 2Q16

    Bits + chips | 4h ago

  • Pegatron automates factory in Shanghai, says chairman

    IT + CE | 4h 1min ago

  • Nanya 2Q16 profits fall

    Bits + chips | 4h 4min ago

  • Connector maker Sinbon reports earnings for 2Q16

    IT + CE - Newswatch | 4h 6min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan ships nearly 8.5 million LCD TVs in 2Q16

    Displays | 4h 6min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Over 4,000 models of LTE-enabled devices launched as of February 2016

    Mobile + telecom | 4h 8min ago

  • Innolux turns to focus on shipping whole-set products to increase profits

    Before Going to Press | 3h 32min ago

  • Sharp reportedly sees improving profitability

    Before Going to Press | 3h 33min ago

  • Xiaomi announces new Mi Book Air notebooks

    Before Going to Press | 4h 21min ago

  • Connector maker Sinbon reports earnings for 2Q16

    Before Going to Press | 4h 22min ago

  • Taiwan sets aside budget of NT$107.85 billion for development of science and technology in 2017

    Before Going to Press | 4h 22min ago

  • China reaches total PV installation capacity of 22GWp in 1H16, says NEA

    Before Going to Press | 4h 23min ago

  • MLS large production capacity to complement Osram brand reputation, says MLS president

    Before Going to Press | 4h 23min ago

  • LeEco to acquire Vizio

    Before Going to Press | 4h 24min ago

  • BlackBerry launches new Android smartphone

    Before Going to Press | 4h 25min ago

  • Vizio acquisition expected to push LeTV-Foxconn partnership

    Before Going to Press | 4h 26min ago

Pause
 | 
View more

Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2016

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 1, 15:47

Strong demand from the cloud computing market helped Taiwan's server shipments grow 12.5% on year to break 10 million units in 2015, accounting for 90.7% of worldwide shipments and the percentage is expected to grow to 91.1% in 2016. This Digitimes Research Special...

China smartphone touch-panel industry 2016 forecast

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Feb 6, 17:23

In 2016, China's smartphone panel capacity is expected to increase steadily, with BOE and Tianma expanding 6G capacity and GVO and Truly Optoelectronics increasing their share of handset panel production. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the key...

Global tablet market – 1Q 2016

GLOBAL TABLET | Jun 1, 14:09

There were an estimated 44.89 million tablets shipped globally during the first quarter of 2016, falling 31.3% on quarter and 12.1% on year.

China smartphone AP shipments – 1Q 2016

CHINA SMARTPHONE AP | May 27, 16:04

First-quarter 2016 smartphone AP shipments in China were slow with a sequential decrease of 16.9%.

Taiwan handsets – 1Q 2016

TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | May 26, 16:04

Taiwan's handset brand vendors and ODMs both saw sharp declines in their shipments in the first quarter of 2016. The brand vendors' shipments will improve in the second quarter due to launches of new models, but the ODM shipments will drop further.

Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2016
Display panels for wearable devices
The transition to 4k TV - UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.