Connected TVs to reach 551 million by 2016; DirecTV plans 3D coverage of Rose Bowl parade

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> German Internet users are viewing an average of eight videos a day for 50 minutes, according to the high-tech industry association Bitkom. This is a significant improvement over the figures a year ago, when people watched six videos for an average of 34 minutes a day. Article

> The number of TV sets connected to the Internet will reach 551M by 2016 for the 40 countries covered in a report from Digital TV Research, up from 124 million at the end of 2010. The report states that this translates to 20 percent of global TV sets by 2016, up from only 6 percent the previous year. Article

> The French catch-up market will more than quadruple by 2015 says NPA Conseil. In The Catch Up Market in France the researcher says the market will be worth €300 million by 2015 across connected TVs tablets and mobile phones. Article

> Classic Australian Open matches can now be viewed by tennis fans around the world free of charge at the AOTV Vault, which launched today. Release

> Get ready to put on your rose-colored 3D glasses: DirecTV plans to deliver HGTV's 3D telecast of the 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2, 2012, live from Pasadena, Calif. Article

> Content discovery startup Outbrain has landed $35 million in a Series D funding round, bring its total funding since its 2006 launch to $64 million. Article

And finally... A Miami Police officer wasn't injured, but his car may need a little work after he drove it up a utility pole in a single car accident Tuesday morning. Article

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