CTVMA: Samsung’s Tizen Tops Global Smart-TV Operating System Market Share

In an era of internet-connected televisions, Samsung’s Tizen OS is ranked the No. 1 operating system worldwide with 12.8% market share, according to new data from the Connected TV Marketing Association.

Samsung’s OS topped China’s Hisense VIDAA (7.8%) at No. 2, LG’s WebOS (7.4%), Amazon’s Fire TV and Roku (tied at No. 4 at 6.4% share), Android TV (5.9%), and Vizio’s SmartCast at 5.8%.

Notably, TV manufacturers still predominantly (38.4%) rely on third-party OEM operating systems to connect their devices to the internet.

Through 2023, the number of smart TVs in the United States had reportedly topped 190 million, with 55% of all in-home video streaming  done through connected televisions. The global market for smart TVs is projected to top $451 billion by 2030.

The Samsung brand held the largest smart-TV market share at 23%, followed by LG at 18%, Sony (14%), Vizio (9%), TCL (7%) and Hisense (6%).

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Movies Anywhere Launches on Samsung Smart TVs, Bows ‘Deal of the Day’ Feature

The Movies Anywhere personal digital library service app is now available on Samsung smart TVs, and the service has also launched a “Deal of the Day” feature.

By expanding to Samsung for its 2017-21 smart TVs, the Movies Anywhere app can now be found on a majority of big-screen devices in the United States, according to the service.

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Consumers can download the free Movies Anywhere app from the Samsung smart TV app store.

Movies Anywhere brings together more than 8,000 movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Twentieth Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm) and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

The service syncs purchased movie libraries from multiple digital retailers across devices and platforms.

With the addition of the Samsung platform, the Movies Anywhere app is now available on the largest network of smart TVs in the United States, according to the service.

Movies Anywhere has also launched a “Deal of the Day” widget. After automatically crawling all current eligible deals, the widget curates and displays personalized deal recommendations based on users’ watch history and movies in their digital locker. “Deal of the Day” is available now for iOS 14 users who have installed Movies Anywhere’s 1.42.0 build. After installing this update and opening the Movies Anywhere app, the “Deal of the Day” widget will appear in the widget gallery and can be added directly to the Movies Anywhere app’s home screen.

 

Bloomberg Media and Samsung Partner to Distribute Bloomberg TV+

Bloomberg Media May 20 launches Bloomberg TV+, a data and business finance-themed 4K streaming service, on Samsung TV Plus, Samsung’s ad-supported video platform. Available on all 2017-2020 Samsung Smart TVs, Bloomberg TV+ is the first 4K channel available on Samsung TV Plus.

“As the first business news provider to deliver content in native 4K UHD, Bloomberg TV+ is an enhanced modern news experience for those seeking premium global news designed for streaming,” M. Scott Havens, global head of digital and media distribution at Bloomberg Media, said in a statement.

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Launched in 2019, Bloomberg TV+ combines programming of Bloomberg TV with a data-rich graphics created for a 4K UHD screen. Bloomberg claims the enhanced news coverage brings increased utility to an audience of business and finance professionals relying on market news and analytics.

Bloomberg Media worked with Wurl, a provider of streaming video distribution and advertising services for connected TV, to distribute Bloomberg TV+ with High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which powers the UHD, high-quality ad-supported streaming experience.

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Viewers can watch Bloomberg TV’s programming such as “Bloomberg Surveillance” (4-7 a.m. ET), a weekday morning program, and “Bloomberg Wall Street Week” (Fridays at 6 p.m. ET). Bloomberg TV also features interviews with newsmakers, business executives, and global leaders on a wide variety of topics, including: market trends, investment, international relations, technology and more.

Samsung TV Plus offers access to more than 120 ad-supported channels across news, sports, movies and entertainment. The app is pre-installed on all 2016-2020 Samsung Smart TVs.

“This is a milestone launch with a number of firsts for Samsung and Bloomberg Media,” said Salek Brodsky, VP of strategic partnerships and business development for Samsung Electronics. “Not only is Bloomberg TV+ the first 4K UHD channel to be offered on Samsung TV Plus, we’re the first platform to stream it in 4K UHD, and the first to offer it to millions of viewers beyond Bloomberg’s owned and operated channels.”

Cinedigm Bows Asian OTT Service ‘Hallypop’ on Samsung Smart TVs

Cinedigm Jan. 31 expanded its OTT video partnership with Samsung, adding Asian culture platform Hallypop and fact-focused Docurama on Samsung’s TV Plus video service.

The services join CONtv and Dove Channel, which both launched on the TV Plus platform in November 2018.

TV Plus is Samsung’s video service, which provides access to a variety of free streaming channels. It does not require a subscription fee, account set-up, or credit card info to access.

Hallypop programming includes K-Pop variety show, “Inkigayo,” featuring appearances and performances by BTS, Big Bang, Ikon, Girls Generation, and 2NE, among others; “Running Man,” pitting K-Pop and K-Drama stars against each other in reality-TV missions; interactive music series, “After School Club,” which uses social media to connect with K-Pop, including Q&A sessions, song requests, impromptu performances, and music videos, among other content.

“Cinedigm is proud to debut our newest digital-first network for the first time ever on Samsung’s TV Plus platform,” Erick Opeka, president of Cinedigm Digital Networks, said in a statement.

Opeka said CONtv and Dove Channel have been well-received on the TV Plus platform.

“Whether it’s Hallypop’s immersive Asian culture content or Docurama’s roster of documentaries and series, our networks appeal to a broad range of tastes and interests, and offer something for everyone to enjoy,” he said.

Cinedigm recently disclosed it has more than 102,000 paid subscribers for its OTT services.