Monthly Archives: September 2016

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Baby Shower Attended By Amber Rose

Dancing With the Stars professionals Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy brought their closest family and friends together Sunday afternoon to celebrate the upcoming arrival of their first child together. The lovebirds flew to Maks’ hometown in New Jersey for the baby shower, which proved to be a quite a special moment honoring their newborn son.

The mama-to-be, who’s in her final two weeks of pregnancy, glowed in a white, floor-length dress that accentuated her baby bump. Peta pulled her blond locks into a glam updo, complimented by a pair of gold statement earrings. As for Maks, he kept it suave in a polka dot dress shirt and black suit jacket.

As for the party itself, the venue was decorated in shades of baby blue and gold, and guests were treated to a yummy spread of various desserts before stopping by the photo booth to pose for a snapshot with the happy couple.

When it came to the guest list, Maks and Peta kept it pretty exclusive, though it appears the man of the hour’s brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, brought along DWTS alum and rumored beau Amber Rose as his date. She shared her own super sweet selfie alongside Maks captioned, “My brother for life.”

Ever since the engaged lovebirds took their baby news public over the summer, Peta hasn’t shied away from giving her thousands of social media followers a glimpse into what it’s like to lead one of the most flawless pregnancy journeys around.

The New Zealand native had no trouble striking a balance between indulging in ice cream for breakfast all while maintaining a rigorous fitness regimen, and she also managed to sneak in a few impromptu, bikini-clad photo shoots. She couldn’t help but shout out Maks along the way, often dedicating more than a few heartfelt Instagram uploads to her fiancé.

AR Workers Confident in Profitability

From Facebook’s Oculus Rift to Snapchat Lenses, the immersive media space has certainly become a headline grabber. But the big question is: How profitable could virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) activities be in the near future? According to July 2016 research, fewer than half of VR professionals in the Americas anticipate gains from this work over the next 12 months.

In July, Greenlight Insights (formerly Greenlight VR) and Road to VR surveyed 514 VR professionals in the US, Canada and Mexico about their expectations on profitability of both VR and AR activities.

According to the data, 45.2% of respondents felt that their VR and AR activities will be cost-effective to their organization in the next 12 months. In contrast, 22.4% said they do not anticipate being profitable in that timefrome.

Of those that are expecting profits, 35.7% of VR professionals anticipate hitting VR- and AR-related revenues of $250K or less, according to the same study. But even more promising, another 38.4% are forecasting between $250K to $5 million-plus in revenues.

Devices that power home-based video viewing showed high US penetration rates in separate studies published in September 2016. Nielsen noted that 24% of US households had smart TVs in Q2 2016, while 76% had DVD or Blu-ray players, 53% subscribed to a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service and 44% had game consoles. The study also noted that 94% of households had HDTVs.

A study by Verto Analytics found that in addition to the 90% of US internet users who had desktops or laptops, 31% had smart TVs, 29% had game consoles and 21% had streaming media devices. Since consumers need only one such device to enable connected TV viewing, the combined penetration rates—coupled with the likelihood that other household members might be using the same devices—amount to mainstream adoption of home-based video streaming technologies.

Research from Ericsson, a communications technology company specializing in mobility, broadband and the cloud surveyed more than 30,000 internet users worldwide ages 16 to 69 who have a broadband internet connection at home and watch TV and view video on a weekly basis. Generally, the study found that more respondents are conducting digital activities via a smartphone or tablet, while at the same time watching TV, than they did in 2014.

For example, two years ago, less than a quarter of TV and video viewers said they browse the internet, related to the content they were currently watching. Fast forward to 2016, and nearly a third of respondents said they were doing so.

Celebrates Her 38th Birthday

The actress is currently celebrating her 38th birthday, and she took to Instagram Sunday to thank her fans for their well wishes with an absolutely precious selfie alongside her mini-me.

Katie and Suri, 10, lean into the camera for the Kodak moment, and from the looks of the birthday girl’s smile, she was certainly overjoyed to be spending the day with her No. 1 gal. “birthday vibes!” Holmes captioned the moment alongside a bunch of emjoi hearts, which followed a separate snapshot of a table decorated with glittered birthday hats and streamers.

“Thank you for the birthday love I really appreciate it !!!!!!!!” she added.

As for how exactly the Dawson’s Creek alum rang in her birthday, a source told US Weekly that Holmes joined Jamie Foxx for a brief getaway to Cabo over the weekend.

According to the outlet, the notoriously private pairing flew from Los Angeles Friday morning to the celeb-loved Las Ventanas al Paraíso resort before heading back to the states on Saturday night. Suri did not join Katie and Jamie on the trip.

“They stayed in one of the most private suites at the hotel, separate from other guests and entered by a small path,” a source revealed. “They wanted to be very discreet and had everything delivered to their room and taken care of by a personal butler.”

Back in October, multiple tabloids reported the couple had called it quits, however an E! News’ source shot down the rumors. In fact, it was also shared that both Katie and Jamie are so on board with keeping their romance under wraps, they pay no mind to the public’s speculation.

Helps Grow US Connected TV Audience

US connected TV users will grow by 20.6% in 2016 to reach 181.8 million. Starting next year, growth will level off to single digits but continue in positive territory through at least 2020, when the number of users will reach 202.1 million, as explored in a new eMarketer report, “Connected TV and Over-the-Top Video: The Living Room’s Place in the US Digital Video Ecosystem” (eMarketer PRO customers only).

By 2020, connected TV users will represent 71.2% of internet users and 60.4% of the US population, up from 68.0% and 56.1%, respectively, in 2016.

Smart TV viewers will make up an increasing number of the connected TV user base during eMarketer’s forecast period. By 2020, 34.4% of connected TV users in the US will watch on smart TVs, up from 26.9% in 2016.

Smart TVs won’t be the only growth category within the group of devices that make up the connected TV universe. Amazon’s and Google’s streaming devices will enjoy the most growth from 2016 through 2020, followed by Roku players and smart TVs. Apple TV and game consoles will grow more moderately, while Blu-ray players will remain essentially flat.

Connected TV users as a whole will increase by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.68% from 2016–2020—a lower growth rate than that of every device listed separately except Blu-ray players. This suggests people will increasingly use multiple devices, driving up the growth rates of individual devices more than the category as a whole.

As is typical with connected TV data, the number of households closely follows the number of users, with an average of 2.06 users per US household during the forecast period. By 2020, there will be 97.7 million US connected TV households, up from 88.7 million in 2016. Much like the user figures, growth will top 20% this year and recede into the single digits next year and for the rest of the forecast.

A GfK study titled “Over-the-Top TV 2016: A Complete Video Landscape” found that 36% of US internet users owned connected TV devices in 2016, nearly double the 19% who did in 2014. This particular stat was limited to set-top boxes and streaming sticks, and did not include smart TVs, game consoles, or Blu-ray and DVD players, though the full study looked at all of the above.

Connected TV accounted for 20% of US weekly time spent viewing digital video in August 2016, according to a Frank N. Magid Associates study. Mobile devices made up a combined 33%, while the largest share, 46%, went to computers. Even though connected TV had the smallest share of the three major device platforms, it grew by a factor of 2.5 in the two years leading up to the study, according to Magid.

 

Engagement Ring in Rare Post

Kim Kardashian was missing a key piece of jewelry while out and about Saturday night, in what marked another rare public sighting of her since she survived an armed robbery in Paris two months ago.

The 36-year-old was photographed driving an SUV, with her 1-year-old son, Saint, in the back seat and friend Brittny Gastineau in the front passenger’s seat. Kim did not appear to wear her engagement ring from husband Kanye West, instead sporting a plain gold wedding band.

The reality star has largely kept out of the public eye since robbers held her at gunpoint in Paris and stole at almost $11 million worth of her jewelry, including one of her diamond rings that was reportedly an “upgraded” 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond engagement ring Kanye had given to her in September. Kanye had proposed to her in 2013 with a 15-carat ring.

Kim and Kanye have recently been the subject of breakup rumors. Neither she nor the rapper, who has been laying low himself since his hospital stay for exhaustion, has commented about the reports.

A source had told E! News last week that Kim and Kanye were together at their Los Angeles home and appeared “very sweet together and were very much together.” Another source had said the two are “strong” and doing fine as a couple.

Kim was ringless when she was spotted in New York hours after the robbery. A day before the incident, she had appeared at an event in the city wearing on her ring finger a massive emerald-cut diamond ring—similar to both rings Kanye gave her.

The Living Room Place in the US Digital

Connected TV and over-the-top (OTT) video viewing are growing on the strength of streaming technologies and premium content aimed at living room screens. The advertising market will follow as connected TV amasses more scale.

  • US connected TV users and households will increase by over 20% in 2016 and are on track to continue growing through 2020, albeit at single-digit rates starting next year. The trend is led primarily by the popularity of smart TVs and streaming devices from Amazon, Google and Roku.
  • OTT video viewership is also increasing, particularly on subscription services such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Ad-supported YouTube is nearly saturated, so its growth has slowed.

Worldwide, and aside from the VR professionals themselves, it’s also encouraging that investment in VR and AR companies has been on the rise. According to CB Insights, a venture capital research firm, since early 2014, more than $2.5 billion has been invested in VR and AR companies across more than 200

Worldwide, and aside from the VR professionals themselves, it’s also encouraging that investment in VR and AR companies has been on the rise. According to CB Insights, a venture capital research firm, since early 2014, more than $2.5 billion has been invested in VR and AR companies across more than 200 deals.

Devices that power home-based video viewing showed high US penetration rates in separate studies published in September 2016. Nielsen noted that 24% of US households had smart TVs in Q2 2016, while 76% had DVD or Blu-ray players, 53% subscribed to a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service and 44% had game consoles. The study also noted that 94% of households had HDTVs.

A study by Verto Analytics found that in addition to the 90% of US internet users who had desktops or laptops, 31% had smart TVs, 29% had game consoles and 21% had streaming media devices. Since consumers need only one such device to enable connected TV viewing, the combined penetration rates—coupled with the likelihood that other household members might be using the same devices—amount to mainstream adoption of home-based video streaming technologies.