Parks predicts 70M smart TVs; Comtrend gets HomeGrid Forum certification

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> Parks Associates is predicting that there will be 175 million online video users in the U.S. in 2013 and that this number will climb to 191 million by 2017 when there will be nearly 70 million smart-TV households. Press release

> Comtrend is the first company to receive HomeGrid Forum certification for a product. Press release

> Amazon's U.K. video streaming service LOVEFiLM has upgraded to handle Samsung smart TVs and Blu-ray players. Story

> Apple released, pulled then re-released its Apple TV 6.0 when users complained they were losing features such as library and experiencing slow downloads and "bricking." Story

> Liberty Global's UPC operations are mailing 270,000-plus remotes, along with a firmware and software upgrade, to fix problems with the Horizon DVR. Story

> Toei Co., the second biggest Japanese Japan's second largest movie conglomerate, Toei, debuted a paid-for Internet channel carrying a mix of the company's animation series and targeted at U.S. viewers for $20 a month. Story

> Digital cable and IPTV services in Hungary have grown from 17% to 30% in only the last few years. Story

> South Korea's LG Uplus added 42,981 IPTV subs in August and now claims 1.41 million customers. Story

Cable TV News

> Verizon will begin testing a FiOS Media server this fall which will deliver video wirelessly to TVs and other IP-connected device subscriber homes, eliminating the need for coaxial cable, CEO Lowell McAdam said Tuesday. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T hasn't given an exact timeline when they will start offering consumers 1 Gbps-capable FTTH services in Austin, but the company is keen on replicating the model in other markets. Article

And finally … Deutsche Telekom is setting up a Web TV portal, T-Online TV with video content from T-Online and third parties.  Story