1. Tv & Video Are Hooking Up

    Tv & Video Are Hooking Up
    A new offering from Roku could make smart TVs mainstream. Anthony Wood predicts that four years from now, the bulk of television viewing will come through the Internet. And his new product could help put Internet TV over the top. Wood's company, Roku, which is based in Saratoga, California, sells set-top boxes that stream online movies and shows to customers' TV sets. This fall, Roku is launching the Streaming Stick, which Wood hopes will lead the charge to make Internet TV--and his company's technology--ubiquitous. Although Internet-connected, or smart, televisions have been on the market for years, they haven't caught on as quickly as anticipated. One obstacle is that people hang on to their televisions for six to eight years. Plus, Internet-connected TVs are often more expensive and complicated to use. Even among those who purchase smart TVs, only about half use them to connect to the Internet ...
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