Smart TVs

Privacy concerns grow with Smart TVs

Adapted from a chart by Comscore OTT Intelligence, March 2019; Chart: Axios Visuals

Of all the hardware options consumers can use to access over-the-top television, Smart TVs are experiencing the highest level of growth, according to Comscore's latest State of OTT presentation.

Why it matters: Smart TVs face the same data privacy vulnerabilities as other internet-connected devices.

Viacom bets against paid subscription content

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Viacom agreed to buy Pluto TV, a Los Angeles-based free internet TV service, for $340 million in cash.

Why it matters: It's a sizable bet against the growing wave of paid subscription content. Plus, it's a sizable payout for early Pluto TV investors, who in 2014 bucked conventional wisdom that TV viewership would be decimated by social media and mobile content.