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Wuaki.tv says it is seeing a huge increase in the number of movies and TV shows being streamed to smart TVs and connected devices, following partnerships with device manufactures including Google, LG, Samsung and Panasonic. Consequently, the number of movies and TV shows streamed through Web browsers has dropped dramatically.

Movies and TV shows streamed directly to a smart TV increased by 65% since Wuaki.tv introduced native apps for smart TVs from manufacturers. Connected device streaming from tablets, Xbox consoles, smartphones and Google Chromecast has also increased by 25%, driven by the number of connected devices consumers are using in the home and the stability of the viewing experience when using a native app.

At present only 10% is streamed to a PC or laptop through a browser, driving Wuaki.tv to believe less than 1% of all streamed viewing will take place through laptop and PC browsers in the next 12 to 24 months.

"When we first launched Wuaki.tv most of our users watched movies on their laptops, no one thought of the living room as a place to stream," commented Simon Homent, content director at Wuaki.tv. "Now the opposite is true. With smart TVs, devices like Chromecast, and native apps being so commonplace, people are streaming movies and TV to all kinds of connected devices and replacing traditional TV channels. In the next two years we expect very few, if any, Wuaki.tv customers will still be streaming through a browser, and it will effectively be the death of browser streaming."