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Shipments of 4K TV sets top 2.1M in Q2, setting record

A record 2.1 million 4K TV sets were shipped globally in the second quarter, surpassing the 1.6 million that were shipped in all of 2013.

T-Mobile, Sprint struggle with 2% network-coverage 'perception' scores, according to NPD survey

Verizon Wireless maintains a dominating lead among Tier 1 wireless operators in terms of wireless users' perception of its network coverage, according to a survey from research firm NPD. The firm found that Verizon's "Carrier Perception Score" for network coverage is 30 percent, above rival AT&T Mobility's score of 10 percent and far above Sprint and T-Mobile US, which both recorded perception scores of just 2 percent.

Apple's iPhone 6: Bigger screen may prompt more data consumption

Apple fans have long suffered from large-screen envy as the smartphone maker has resisted the urge to increase the screen-size of its iconic iPhone. But rumors are that the Cupertino, Calif., company is close to giving in to temptation with plans for an iPhone 6 whose screen could run as large as 5.5 inches, with a smaller variant that might be offered simultaneously coming in at 4.7 inches. But along with larger screens could come higher wireless data consumption, which mobile operators, depending upon their network's capabilities, may meet with cheers or jeers.

Report: Smartphone upgrade plan enrollment hits 31% in U.S.

Enrollment in smartphone upgrade plans among U.S. consumers has more than quadrupled since September 2013, going from 7 to 31 percent by the end of the first quarter of 2014, according to a new report from the NPD Group. The report is yet another data point indicating a major shift in how Americans pay for their cell phones.

Pay-TV subscribers devour TV Everywhere, study shows

TV Everywhere from pay-TV providers is picking up steam, according to NPD Group's "TV Everywhere Report," which says that 21 percent of pay-TV subscribers use TV Everywhere at least once a month.

NPD: 66% of U.S. mobile broadband connections by end of 2015 will be tablets

Tablets are expected to make up a large majority of all mobile broadband connections in the U.S. over the next two years, according to a new report from the NPD Group.

NPD: U.S. Tablets using cellular connections increase 46% in 2013 to 10.4M

The number of tablets in the United States using an embedded cellular connection jumped 46 percent in 2013 to 10.4 million, up from 7.1 million in 2012, according to the a new report from NPD's Connected Intelligence Mobile Connectivity Report. Strikingly, that increase came despite the fact that sales of cellular-capable tablets actually declined from 16 percent of total tablet sales in 2012 to 12 percent in 2013, according to NPD's Retail Tracking Service.

Analysts: Less than half of consumers take advantage of connected TV capabilities

In a glass half full/half empty conundrum, a pair of analyst reports reached the conclusion that connected devices are making inroads into the consumer's home entertainment setup, but are not ubiquitous by any stretch of the imagination.

NPD: FiOS, U-verse subs spending more on VOD than Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network customers

The average Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-verse TV subscriber spent $25.29 on video-on-demand movies in 2012, outspending cable and satellite TV subscribers, NPD Group said Monday.

Analysts: Apple grabs top U.S. handset spot in Q4

Apple climbed atop the U.S. handset heap in the fourth quarter of 2012, becoming the largest U.S. handset maker for the first time in a quarter, according to new data from Strategy Analytics.