After launching its service on iPads in December, broadcast streamer Motive TV has announced a new Android app designed to work with Samsung tablets.
The expansion puts the service on the world's second most popular tablet brand, with Apple's iPad controlling 26.8 percent of the market and Samsung next in market share with 19.1 percent.
A joint venture by Granite Broadcasting Corp. and tech company Motive Television, TabletTV makes hardware and software that enable Android and Apple tablets to receive and play back free, over-the-air broadcast signals. The service, which requires that customers make a one-in investment of $89.95 for the hardware, is essentially a broadcast antenna that turns station signals into an IP stream.
TabletTV has been testing the service via Granite's KOFY-TV in San Francisco since December. The technology is also supported by programming services Freeview in the U.K.
"The addition of Android devices to the TabletTV family is a major step forward due to the growing popularity of Android devices," said Leonard Fertig, CEO of Motive, in a statement. "The global potential market for TabletTV numbers is in the hundreds of millions--by the end of 2013 it is estimated that 6 percent of the global population used a tablet and 22 percent a smartphone. Further, the use of tablets for watching television is growing dramatically; as of December 2014 Mail Online reported that 17 percent of the British population watched TV on their tablets. There is little question that TabletTV is the right product at the right time."
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