Published October 18th, 2014

The world of TV is an exciting and fast moving place, with new technologies and platforms appearing every month. Here is the latest overview of the most relevant new developments.

Time flies when you’re having fun and while it seems like only yesterday that Google presented Android TV, it just announced that it will be launching its Nexus Player set-top box next month, giving consumers their first opportunity to use Android TV, before it arrives in force next year in various Smart TV brands.

Chromecast – Google’s other approach to TV – has been getting a lot more competition recently. First Microsoft released not one but two mobile-to-TV screen mirroring devices, one from inside Microsoft itself and one from the acquired Nokia part of the business. While these are actually very different from Chromecast in their functionality, another initiative is much closer. Matchstick started a Kickstarter project recently for an open source Chromecast clone, which reached its funding goal very easily and is aiming for a february 2015 release.

Roku announced that it has sold more than 10 million Roku devices in the US and meanwhile is trying to broaden its adoption by also marketing itself as a platform for third party set-top boxes through its Roku Powered program. Apple doesn’t appear set for any big Apple TV surprises this year and instead settled for a modest Apple TV UI update.

Sony has been working hard on its PlayStation Now game streaming service, expanding the beta to PlayStation 3 and its PlayStation TV micro console, which was just released in the US. Meanwhile Microsoft’s Xbox One is now available in China. At Microsoft they’re working on pretty cool things, like the RoomAlive concept. Philips showed off something in the same range with Afterglow, which is best described as Ambilight on steroids.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 12, 2014 – Videoland has launched its new VoD app on Samsung Smart TVs, with other devices following soon. With the release of the completely redesigned TV app, Videoland is taking the battle to Netflix and other players in the Dutch VoD market head-on. The renewed Videoland platform offers both TVoD for Hollywood blockbusters and SVoD for library content, in addition to Videoland-exclusive content such as hit series ‘The Blacklist’. The app, created by Amsterdam-based TV app developer 24i, introduces several new features and compatibility with an extended range of TV-platforms. Among the new features is the option to have multiple user profiles in one account, individually keeping track of each user’s preferences and progress in films and series. “Competition in the VoD market is soaring, so it was necessary to take Videoland to the next level. Now, the combination of premium content and an excellent user interface based on the latest technologies delivers a one of a kind experience”, says Co Mast, CEO of Videoland’s parent company The Entertainment Group. Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i, comments: “Videoland is a sophisticated application that is a hundred percent ‘future-proof’. Both Videoland and 24i are on top of new developments in the market, it is exciting to see how all this knowledge comes together in a single application.’’ The case study of the Videoland app is available here.