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Sony Has Sold 915,000 PlayStation VR Units: Report

Showing some sizable demand for its new console-connected virtual reality system, Andrew House, global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, told The New York Times that the CE giant had sold about 915,000 PlayStation VR units as of Feb. 19.

Apple Testing 4K Streaming Box: Report

Looking to catch up on a feature already supported by its OTT platform rivals, Apple is testing a new Apple TV that can stream video in UHD/4K, Bloomberg reported.

Forecast: 8.4M UHD Blu-ray Discs to Sell in 2017

The market for UHD Blu-ray Discs is in the nascent stage, and a new forecast seem to agree.

 Futuresource predicts that 8.4 million UHD Blu-ray discs will be sold this year, equating to just 4% of global Blu-ray sales.

TiVo, Philips Head Back to the Future

The headline was too good not to reuse, but Dave Zatz has a few more details about a DVR with integrated over-the-air TV capabilities that TiVo and Philips are developing.

DLNA Dissolves as Non-Profit Trade Group

Here’s something that happened about a month ago that few seemed to notice – The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) “dissolved” as a non-profit trade group last month and handed certification activities over to SpireSpark International, a newly formed services firm founded by former DLNA execs, including CEO Donna Moore, that is based in Portland, Ore.

The Cost of Retail

Even as some things change as cable operators pivot to IP video, others seem to stay the same.

A prime example is the this week’s beta launch of the Xfinity TV app for Roku devices ahead of a commercial debut that will happen sometime later this year.  Save for some minor limitations like access to transactional content (rental and purchased TV shows and movies), the app provides many of the core features that consumers can get from a Comcast-supplied box for its X1 service.

Facebook's Video Focus: Shorter-Form, to Start

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not shed a lot of new light on a report this week that the social media giant is working on a new video-focused app for set-tops and other TV-connected devices tailored for longer-form content, but he did spend part of the company’s Q4 call on Wednesday discussing the strategic importance of video.

Facebook Tuning Up TV Strategy: Report

Facebook is working on a new video-focused app for the Apple TV, set-tops and other TV-connected devices as part of a strategy focused on grabbing more video ad dollars, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Facebook already does some limited app integration on platforms like Comcast’s X1 platform and Roku boxes, but the new strategy appears to have much bigger TV implications.

BitTorrent Live Streams to Android

BitTorrent Live, the OTT TV service that relies on BitTorrent’s P2P platform, has broadened its platform reach with the recent launch of an app for Android devices.

 

BitTorrent Live’s initial app release for Android, available on Google Play, was issued on Jan. 26. At last check, it has been installed between 1,000 and 5,000 times.

 

Cox Also Riding X1 Video Wave

Comcast isn’t the only operator to reap the video-facing benefits of X1.

 

RELATED: Comcast Adds 161K Video Subs in 2016

 

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