PRESS ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY BY FUTURESOURCE CONSULTING

Consumer Electronics Press

Home Audio Revenues on Target to Grow 17% in 2017
Home audio revenues grew by 20% in 2016 to $11.7 billion (at trade) and are on course to grow a further 17% in 2017, benefiting from the success of smart speakers coupled with the continued growth of soundbars as well as Bluetooth speakers in emerging markets.
Smart Speakers Set to Capture 30% of US Audio Market in 2017, VPAs Poised to Create New Market Opportunities
The allure of smart speakers continues to attract the attention of consumers, bucking the wider audio market's slowdown and even reinventing Amazon as the world's largest audio equipment vendor.
Smart Device Owners Enjoy Their Benefits Around the Home
Futuresource Consulting reveals that almost 1 in 3 consumers live in homes where at least one smart home device has been installed.
Strong 4K UHD Uptake Helping Maintain Value in Challenging TV Set Market
4K UHD TV sales are poised to grow by a further 38% in 2017 to account for more than a third of the worldwide TV market.
Screenless TV: Chinese Brands Changing the Face of the Living Room
Innovative technologies for displaying TV content without the glass oblong or staid grey box are set to offer consumers a new viewing concept and a fantastic opportunity to re-invigorate living room design.
Flexible Display Market Expected to Surge to Over $200 Billion
Smartphones which unfold to become tablets, adjustable curved TVs and pop-up presentation screens are just some of a radical new wave of product concepts made possible by advances in flexible display technology.
Demand for Home Appliances is Accelerating
The home appliances sector accelerated in 2016, as global shipments grew by 4% to 247 million refrigeration and laundry units.
Audio Hardware Sales Up 28%
Audio hardware continues to outpace the wider CE sector, with global Q4 sales growing 28% year-on-year to $10.2 billion, according to new data from Futuresource Consulting's quarterly audio tracking service.
Car Poised to be CE's 'Fifth Screen'
As consumer attitudes to car ownership and driving begin to shift and technology companies shape the roadmap for autonomous vehicles, the global in-car entertainment (ICE) hardware market is on track to reach $36 billion by 2021.
Innovation Drives Audio Market to New Heights
Sales of wireless audio devices and headphones are already booming – and there’s much more growth in prospect as a result of developments such as Voice Personal Assistant (VPA) speakers and feature-rich headphones, according to research from Futuresource Consulting.
The Year Virtual Reality Began Creeping into View
As we closed the door on 2016 what did we learn about VR? The reality of VR was more muted than the hype, despite the release of high profile PC and console hardware.
Worldwide CE Revenues Returned to Growth in 2016
CE market revenues returned to growth in 2016, following 2015's 'blip'. Growth was modest, however, at 1.2% (to reach $680 billion), as 'emerging' markets faltered, mobile revenues slowed and categories such as small-screen TV's and cameras continued to be squeezed by convergence.
Home Audio Market Finishes Year on $11 Billion Dollar High
Worldwide demand for home audio devices continues to gather momentum, with the category outperforming the wider CE market and on track to finish 2016 at 102 million units shipped and close to $11 billion in trade value.
Futuresource Event Highlights - Audio Collaborative
Futuresource Consulting would like to share some of the latest industry insights from the Audio Collaborative event, the third in a series of entertainment technology conferences, bringing together leading experts from the entire audio and music sector.
CE Manufacturers the Real Winners from 4K UHD
Futuresource Consulting has published its latest 4K report highlighting industry momentum for the adoption of 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD). Consumer electronics manufacturers are rolling out a greater range of capable devices at mass market prices.
Worldwide TV Market Begins to Stablise
After a 2% decline in worldwide TV shipments last year, 2016 is showing signs of a turnaround, with the market flattening out to end the year on 225 million units, achieving a value of $86 billion according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting.
Audio Industry Set to Capitalise on New Role at Centre of the Smart Home
Voice recognition technology is shaking up the CE industry, broadening the horizons of speaker vendors and reinventing the audio device as the gatekeeper of voice, smart home and machine learning.
Smart Home and Smart Appliances Next Battleground for CE Sector
Smart home automation, smart appliance ownership and smart home surveillance could be primed and ready for growth, though progress is being hindered by widespread confusion, according to a comprehensive new consumer research report from Futuresource Consulting.
Sony Playstation Takes First to Market Advantage in Console Based VR
Sony PlayStation Virtual Reality PSVR is the first console based virtual reality VR platform to come to market, meaning virtual reality is now present in all market sectors PC, mobile and now console.
The Battle for Global and Local Smartphone Supremacy
The latest worldwide smartphone report from Futuresource Consulting marks a pivotal moment in a maturing market. 2015 demonstrated good growth, up 16.4% and 210 million units to 1,491 million.
Voice Heralds Next Generation Features in Wireless Speakers and Smart Home Applications
With the consumer electronics (CE) show IFA now in full swing, Futuresource Consulting would like to highlight the importance that voice will play in next generation CE products.
Video Drone Sales Reach $1.4 Billion in 2015, with Further Growth Predicted
In 2015, video drone sales reached $1.4 billion, with growth predicted across various industrial sectors such as agriculture, the energy sector and emergency services.
Wearable Tech Key Growth Area in the CE Market
Futuresource Consulting's latest review of the long term outlook for the worldwide consumer electronics market highlights the challenges and opportunities that face the industry following a year that saw trade value fall by 1.3% to $676 billion.
DMA Market Growth Fuelled Strong Uptake of OTT Services
Futuresource Consulting has published its latest worldwide digital media adaptor (DMA) report to provide a comprehensive insight into the media streaming device market. 2015 saw shipments of 42 million DMAs, growing over 15% year-on-year and representing a trade value of $1.9 billion.
Audio Business Continues to Evolve with New Entrants Amazon and Google
Futuresource Consulting has announced the latest results from its worldwide audio equipment tracking service, which states that in 2015, worldwide demand for home audio products grew by 24% to 88.2 million units, whilst trade value remained stable at $9.8 billion.
Apple Helps Wearables Revenue Accelerate Year-on-Year
In Q1 2016, worldwide revenue for wearable devices surged 133% to nearly $6 billion (at retail) year-on-year, fuelled by connected watches, notably as Apple Watch passes its 1st birthday. Units grew significantly less than value, representing 50% uplift in the average price paid for a wearable device, to $218.
Worldwide Headphones Market Worth $11.2 Billion as Prices Accelerated by 11% in 2015
New research from Futuresource Consulting reveals that the worldwide headphones market enjoyed another year of robust volume and price growth in 2015. Shipments grew 7% to reach 331.3 million units, while retail value surged by an impressive 19% to $11.2 billion. The average price paid for a pair of headphones rose by 11% in 2015, to $34.
4K UHD TV Sales Leapt by 160% in 2015 and Will Approach 140 Million Units Globally by 2020
Futuresource Consulting has now released the results from its latest wave of 'Kids Tech' consumer research programme. Now in its third year, it accesses the digital leisure habits of kids between 3 and 16 years old, in the USA, China, Germany and UK. It highlights patterns and provides insight into technology usage and entertainment content consumption together with comparisons with more traditional toys and recreational activities.
Basel World - Smartwatch Market 2016
Futuresource Consulting is about to release its latest Global Wearables Q4 2015 results, which highlights that 99 million devices were sold across all categories, growing by 76% year-on-year. Retail value was $24bn, increasing by 267% from the previous year, highlighting a marginal increase in the overall average selling price per device.
Is Apple at the Crossroads: Where Next?
In April 2016 Apple will be 40 years old so Futuresource Consulting has released its latest Perspectives Report that focuses on its journey, highlighting the key growth milestones, anticipating both the opportunities and challenges it faces to stay at the top.
Multiroom Audio Market Slowed in 2015
Worldwide sales of multiroom audio wireless speakers recorded growth of 30% in 2015, which was lower than industry expectations and actually fell as a share of total wireless speakers demand to around 8% of units.
Digital Media Adaptor Market to Reach 60 Million by 2019
The worldwide digital media adaptor (a.k.a. Media Streamers, OTT Boxes) market is expecting to grow strongly and approach 60 million shipments in 2019, detailed in Futuresource Consulting's recent digital media adaptor report.
Consumer VR Content to Reach $8.3 Billion by 2020
Futuresource Consulting has announced the publication of its new Virtual Reality (VR) Report titled 'Virtual Reality – Niche or Mass Market?' This review provides unique user and consumer insight data, as well as presenting a kaleidoscopic view of the barriers, drivers and ecosystems that should be considered when evaluating investment in this market place and understanding what key factors will take this technology from niche to mass market.
Press Commentary - #Smartphone Trends 2015-2016
In the build up to Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Mariia Konovalova, Research Analyst of Futuresource Consulting explores the impact that this has had on those brands and how mobile network operators (MNOs) are changing their strategies to build new revenue streams.
Worldwide Photographer Population to Exceed 4 Billion in 2015, Fuelled by Smartphone Adoption and Usage
According to the latest report issued by Futuresource, the worldwide population of photographers has grown by a factor of 8 over the last 10 years, to more than 4 billion, while the number of photos captured annually has increased 6-fold to 1.2 trillion. Smartphones have been instrumental in growing the volume of people who take photographs on a regular basis, as well as the volume of images captured.
Futuresource Unveil its Latest Multi Regional Exploration into the Audio Shopper's Journey Magnifying Buyer Behaviour Across Five Markets
Futuresource has announced the release of its latest report exploring multi regional trends in the audio shopper's journey whilst considering purchasing Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Speakers and Headphones across China, France, Germany, UK and the USA.
Futuresource Predicts Bluetooth Headphones to be one of the Top Selling CE Gifts this Christmas
The latest Futuresource Headphones Market Report provides not only a snapshot of the current trends and forthcoming evolutions in headphone technology but also serves as a tip top guide for Christmas tech gadget shopping. Headphone prices are coming down so manufacturers are differentiating product by packing in more technology, but are consumers aware of the benefits?
Highlights from the Futuresource Audio Renaissance Event
The second Futuresource Audio Renaissance event was held last week bringing together the audio hardware and music supply chain leaders, discussing how to drive quality, experience and revenue throughout the industry.
Photo Printing from Smartphones has Doubled in Two Years
Photo printing seems like a long-forgotten exercise for many and, for others, it's something that they are too young to have grown up with. For the digital-savvy twenty-something, sharing photos using a smartphone, tablet or app has become a social norm, with an astonishing 1.8 billion photos being uploaded daily globally.
Countdown to the Futuresource Audio Renaissance Event
With just two weeks away from the Audio Renaissance event Futuresource is delighted to announce that Grammy award winning, singer-songwriter Imogen Heap will be joining our exciting line up of speakers from Auro Technologies, Deezer, Imagination Technologies, MQA, Qualcomm, Radioplayer, The Featured Artist Coalition, Vindincia, 7 Digital and many more.
Interchangeable Lens Cameras are on Course to Reach 70% of the Overall Digital Camera Market
The overall worldwide digital camera market reached 49.3 million units in 2014. Interchangeable Lens (IL) cameras grew as a share of the overall camera market in 2014, accounting for almost one third of volumes and more significantly, 62% of value.
Apple Continues to be the Titan in Consumer Electronics
The outlook for the global consumer electronics market is 2.8% growth this year. Mobile now accounts for 47% of total CE and continues to grow in importance. The other hot spots are wireless speakers and headphones, wearables, especially smart watches.
Worldwide 4K TV Shipments Set to Surpass 30 Million Units in 2015
According to the worldwide TV market report from Futuresource Consulting, 4K TV shipments are expected to grow by 147% in 2015, despite overall 2% fall in TV sales.
Set-Top-Box Industry Consolidation Continues with Technicolor-Cisco Deal
According to the latest 'Worldwide Set Top Box' report and 'Perspectives' market snapshot from Futuresource Consulting, the recent €550 million ($600 million) acquisition by Technicolor of the Cisco set-top box and related home broadband equipment business, reflects a common trend in a shrinking, yet substantial.
New Wave of Smartphone Vendors Making the Most of High Growth in Emerging Markets
The latest 2015 smartphone report from Futuresource verifies that market disruption in emerging markets caused by the wave of local smartphone vendors is showing no signs of dissipating. Well-known brands including HTC, Microsoft and Sony are all struggling to keep pace with the emergence of strong Chinese and Indian manufacturers.
iPhone Set to Drive Apple Watch Boom
Apple Watch is set to boom, and according to Futuresource Consulting, a large part of this will come from existing iPhone users. The latest perspectives report has covered six countries and found that 20% of iPhone users.
Worldwide Action Camera Market Up Nearly 50%
According to the latest report issued by Futuresource Consulting, the worldwide action camera market grew by 44% year on year in 2014, reaching 7.6 million units, with a retail value of $3.2 billion.
Bluetooth Speakers Drive Growth in Home Audio
According to the latest Worldwide Home Audio Market report from Futuresource Consulting, the home audio market (Wireless Speakers, Soundbars, Hi-Fi Systems, A/V Receivers and Speaker Docks) grew by 22% to ship 71 million units. Trade value also grew by 22%, generating just under $10 billion worth of revenue in 2014.
White-Label Tablet Sales Continue to Outpace the Market
According to the latest Worldwide Tablet Report from Futuresource Consulting the emergence of low-cost Android devices are causing a dilution of Apple's market share. The introduction of lower-priced iPads, and the aggressive PC brand pricing strategy has made the average tablet price fall dramatically between 2010 and 2014.
Leading Headphones Brands 'Rock It Up' as Market Celebrates Growth
According to a new report by Futuresource Consulting, worldwide shipments of headphones grew by 8.5% in 2014 to 309.5 million units. The report also found that, despite average retail price only growing by 4% in 2014, less than the growth in 2013, the trade value of shipments grew by 12%, generating revenues worth $9.4 billion. This is partly due to the falling cost to include certain features.
Seizing the Smart Home Opportunity
Futuresource Consulting has just released its latest smart home report, which maps out the smart home landscape. The report identifies the key drivers, such as security, that are shaping demand and assesses the likely impact these drivers will have on the expanding consumer markets.
Global Market Wearables Technology Worth $8.9 Billion in 2014
Futuresource UK, is announcing the release of the global wearable technology report highlighting how the market for wearable technology was worth over $8.9bn in 2014, with 56 million devices shipped in the year. Here are some highlights from the latest research.
Traditional Watches and Smartphones on a Collision Course
At both CES and MWC this year there was a clear design drive to make smartwatches look more like analogue watches in an effort to make them seem more accessible. LG and Huawei were some of the examples at MWC.

Media & Entertainment Press

Mobile Augmented and Mixed Reality - The Race Is On
Augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) presents many opportunities for application enhancement and new monetisation opportunities, but the technologies are still a long-way from being an everyday feature of consumers' lives.
New Content Horizons 2017 - Event Highlights
Futuresource recently held its third New Content Horizons annual conference at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, where media industry leaders addressed a number of prevalent and pertinent digital entertainment content themes.
GAMES INSIGHTS: Mobile gaming sales drives global market past $100 billion
The global video games software market will exceed $100 billion this year, driven by phenomenal growth of both mobile and PC and new console launches from all three of the major players providing stimulus to the category finds Futuresource Consulting in its new GAMES INSIGHTS: Global Video Games Market Report.
OTT Infrastructure Investment Not Matched by Financial Return
OTT is adding greater pressures on resources and finance. Integration of disparate systems remains a major headache and metadata is an ongoing frustration and untapped opportunity for the broadcast community.
Global Music Market to Hit $25 Billion
Subscription streaming services will drive the global music market up by 25% between 2016 and 2021, although the overall value of the market remains significantly lower than its peak in the early 2000s.
Mapping the 4K Ultra High-Definition Landscape
Futuresource Consulting has released its latest 4K ultra high definition (UHD) tracking report that ascertains that UHD as a home entertainment format has firmly planted its stake in the market
Global Home Video Entertainment Spend Reached $251.5 Billion in 2016
This latest analysis highlights that households are spending more than ever before on video entertainment, and in 2016, the combined home video and Pay-TV market totalled $251.5 billion, up by 3% comparative to 2015.
The Year Virtual Reality Began Creeping into View
As we closed the door on 2016 what did we learn about VR? The reality of VR was more muted than the hype, despite the release of high profile PC and console hardware.
The World of Digital Entertainment and Multi-tasking Generation Z
Futuresource has recently published the latest findings from the 6th wave of Kids Tech. Its consumer research programme specifically focused on children aged 3 through to 16 across USA, UK, Germany & China, providing ongoing monitoring of their digital media consumption and its influence on their habits and interests.
Sony Playstation Takes First to Market Advantage in Console Based VR
Sony PlayStation Virtual Reality PSVR is the first console based virtual reality VR platform to come to market, meaning virtual reality is now present in all market sectors PC, mobile and now console.
What's Driving the Mid-Cycle Console Upgrade?
Sony's about to Fire its Next Shot in the Battle for Console Supremacy - Sparking the Next Awareness Drive for Consumer Virtual Reality.
Netflix Growth Continues as Amazon Prime Video Momentum Builds [INTERACTIVE INFOGRAPHIC]
The report highlights the continued growth in subscription video on demand (SVoD) users, amongst both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, in addition to the rafter of local competitors.
E3 Gaming Show, LA - Outlook and Opportunities in the $80 Billion Games Software Market
With E3 now upon us, Futuresource Consulting has recently published its Global Video Games Market Report, which complements the anticipated key themes from the show. It also provides a benchmark for current market performance, sizing and trends together with an outlook to 2020 on a global and regional basis. As part of this, it highlights growth opportunities, which are anticipated to be reflected by announcements that Futuresource expects to see at #E32016.
Futuresource Event Highlights - New Content Horizons 2016
Futuresource Consulting hosted its latest New Content Horizons event, #Newcontent2016, in America's movie capital Hollywood. Key entertainment industry innovators and influencers explored business opportunities across the home entertainment and broadcast arena. The importance of content was discussed together with cutting edge services, platforms, hardware and technologies, projecting a collective vision of the future digital entertainment landscape.
Exploring Business Opportunities in Broadcast and Video Entertainment
Following the highly successful New Content Horizons event in London, leading market analyst firm Futuresource Consulting and key entertainment industry innovators and influencers are about to set to the stage at The London in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, this week, on the afternoon of May 12th 2016.
Music Market Celebrates Strongest Performance in Years
Futuresource's latest global music market report cites 2015 as the most successful year the music market had seen in 15 years, based on year-on-year performance. Global consumer spend across packaged, subscription and pay-per downloads grew by 5% to reach almost $19 billion, primarily fueled by the growth in streaming music subscription services, which accounted for one quarter of all music market spend.
Digital Video Consumption on the Rise
Futuresource Consulting has released the eleventh edition of "Living with Digital", its twice yearly consumer research programme, reporting on the shifts in consumers' entertainment content consumption, service usage and device ownership and interaction. In the latest survey, 2,000 interviews were conducted in each of the UK and USA and 1,500 in Germany & France. China, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Australia, Italy and Spain will also be covered in the next wave of research.
Riding Along on the Digital Wave - Kids Tech Consumer Study
Futuresource Consulting has now released the results from its latest wave of 'Kids Tech' consumer research programme. Now in its third year, it accesses the digital leisure habits of kids between 3 and 16 years old, in the USA, China, Germany and UK. It highlights patterns and provides insight into technology usage and entertainment content consumption together with comparisons with more traditional toys and recreational activities.
New Content Horizons, Exploring Business Opportunities in the Broadcast and Video Entertainment Content Landscape
Following the highly successful New Content Horizons events in London, leading market analyst firm Futuresource Consulting is proud to launch this conference in Los Angeles, on the afternoon of May 12th 2016. The event will look to explore the business opportunities within the home entertainment and broadcast sector, bringing together key industry influencers to discuss the service, hardware and content plays that will shape the future landscape.
Consumer VR Content to Reach $8.3 Billion by 2020
Futuresource Consulting has announced the publication of its new Virtual Reality (VR) Report titled 'Virtual Reality – Niche or Mass Market?' This review provides unique user and consumer insight data, as well as presenting a kaleidoscopic view of the barriers, drivers and ecosystems that should be considered when evaluating investment in this market place and understanding what key factors will take this technology from niche to mass market.
Kids Tech - A Day in a Life of the 2015/2016 Kids
In the run up to this holiday season the focus will be returning to kids shifting leisure time habits and how this will affect the sales of traditional toys. It will also report on their increased reliance on mobile devices and the continuing shifts in their consumption of entertainment. The Futuresource 'Kids Tech' study has been running for three years drawing out key trends and behavioural transitions over time.
Virtual and Mixed Reality - The Future is Nearly Here
Innovative, cutting edge technology and what it means to consumer entertainment continues to be on the forefront of the agenda at Futuresource Consulting as it announces the imminent release of its latest report covering Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR). The new report examines the potential of the technology across a wide spectrum of applications, including the worlds of Consumer Electronics, Broadcast, Education and B2B verticals.
Where Next for Netflix?
As Netflix continues on its quest for global coverage, where are the next wave of opportunities for the service provider? Recent research from Futuresource Consulting identifies five key developing markets which present significant opportunity for Netflix and the wider digital video landscape.
Telcos Snapping at the Heels of the Established Pay-TV Operators
Traditional operators will need to keep a close eye on telcos rising interest in the TV space as operators' make their mark both in Western Europe and other key regions.
Virtual Reality is Growing at a Rapid Pace, Opening up New Markets for Various Industries
The truly immersive experience of VR is opening up new markets for various industries to diversify and integrate into. The gaming industry always a pioneer with new technology is leading the way with VR, utilising the fast growing binocular head-mounted displays market which is set to grow 250% next year globally.
Living with Digital [Infographic]:
Free and Live TV Still Favourite Choice of Consumers but Wider Availablity of OTT Services Fuelling Popularity and Usage

Futuresource's latest 'Living with Digital' consumer research study provides updated analysis of consumer's shifting behaviour and evolving habits across digital entertainment and connected devices.
AT&T and DIRECTV: Gearing up for Multi-Service Bundled Era: DIRECTV Catapults AT&T into the Top Pay-TV Slot Worldwide
Following FCC approval last week, AT&T closed its $49 billion acquisition of DIRECTV. Futuresource analyst responds to AT&T closing acquisition of DIRECTV and discusses the implications of this mega-deal for the Pay-TV industry.
YouTube and Netflix Driving Broadband Traffic
According to the latest broadband report from Futuresource Consulting, video now accounts for the majority of broadband traffic. This is mainly being driven by the continued global growth of OTT services, such as YouTube and Netflix.
80% of Netflix Subscribers can be Upsold, as Tiers and International Expansion Become Key to Continued Growth
Netflix's impressive recent quarterly results pointed to continued subscriber growth, driven in particular by further international expansion. In addition, Netflix spoke of its desire to move consumers up to higher pricing tiers.
Apple Launch Music Streaming Service - With Streaming Subscriptions set to Account for a Third of Global Music Spend
According to Futuresource Consulting, the launch of Apple Music will lead to a significant increase in streaming music subscriptions. Futuresource Consulting predicts subscriptions will reach at least one third of total global consumer music spend by 2016.
UK Video Entertainment Sector Moves to the Next Level
Futuresource Consulting assessed the pulse of the UK video market in its latest video insights report, announcing that this segment is in good health, driven by the growing appetite for digital video services, the resilience of packaged video retail and a healthy box office.
New Content Horizons 2015 - Post Show Round-Up
Futuresource Consulting, debuted the brand new 'New Content Horizons' event on Tuesday 02 June at the stunning Ham Yard Hotel, London. Sponsored by Panasonic, Rovi Corp, West 10 Studios and Digital TV Europe, the day explored the evolution of TV and Video content delivery. Key industry influencers (WWE, Eurosport, DTG, Freesat, MTG, Dolby, BBC, Rovi Corp, Sky, EE, Sony computer entertainment, Glory Sports and many more) gathered together to discuss the content, service and hardware drivers that are shaping the future landscape.
Futuresource New Content Horizons 2015 - Event Launch
Futuresource Consulting is launching a brand new event exploring the business opportunities with entertainment content. New Content Horizons, which takes place on the afternoon of Tuesday 2nd June 2015 in London, will bring together key industry influencers to discuss the content.
Digital Video Market Set to Flourish in 2015
Futuresource Consulting has announced the release of the Video Insights series, a collection of market reports that map out and assess the current and future trends across the video entertainment landscape, highlighting latest market trends, challenges and opportunities across.

Education Technology Press

VR in Education: Genuine Learning Applications but Commercialisation Unclear
Immersive technologies are creating whole new EdTech worlds and opportunities for learning, yet monetisation models need to be established.
Microsoft's Big Education Announcement - Some Thoughts on What to Expect
Under the moniker of 'Learn What's Next' Microsoft has scheduled a major PR event for Tuesday May 2nd with CEO Satya Nadella expected to present. Microsoft has given some clues as to the announcement, by referencing its Education hashtag #MicrosoftEDU.
US K-12 Education Digital Management Platforms & Tools Market to Grow
The adoption of mobile PC's in classrooms, the digitisation of content, a growing reliance on cloud services and a high penetration of smart devices amongst parents, teachers and students are just some of the catalysts for change.
Sales of Mobile PCs into the US K-12 Education Market Continue to Grow
Sales of Mobile PCs* into the US K-12 sector continued to develop in 2016, with annual shipments growing 18% year-on-year in 2016, reaching 12.6 million units, up from 10.7 million in 2015.
1 Million Interactive Flat Panel Display Sales in 2016 Globally
Interactive Flat Panels (IFPDs) continued to be a considerable success in 2016 in the education and corporate markets. By Q4, 68% of all interactive display sales were IFPDs.
Sales of Personal PCs into Global K-12 Education Market
The Futuresource K-12 report tracks global device sales and shows that the first half of 2016 fell by 12% in comparison to the first half of 2015, 12.4 million units compared to 14 million.
Taiwanese Giant Foxconn Acquire 66.7% Stake in SMART
Now the doors to the American AV tradeshow Infocomm2016 have opened, the industry will be taking in the recent news of the acquisition of the interactive whiteboard manufacturer SMART by the world's largest electronics manufacturer Foxconn, which now owns a 66.67% stake in its business.
Global K-12 Education Market Projected to Slow in 2016
Futuresource Consulting is projecting a difficult year for the sales of personal computers into the K-12 education sector*, with the status of several large scale national tenders uncertain due to unstable economic conditions. This Futuresource K-12 report tracks global device sales and shows that 2015 saw strong double digit growth in shipments compared to 2014, the first quarter of the year fell by more than 15% to 4.8 million units compared to the same period in 2015 with the largest declines taking place in Latin America.
Global Projector Market Value Dives Three Times the Pace of Volume in CYQ1 2016
Futuresource Consulting has published its latest quarterly Worldwide (WW) Projector Market report, and one of the key findings is that the market's value decline continues to rapidly outpace volume – leading to fears that certain vendors will struggle to maintain a presence in the mainstream market. In Q1 2016 the WW projector market declined 3% year on year (YoY) to 1.73 million units, with value tumbling three times this pace at 9%, to $1.9 billion.
Education Technology Hardware Spend in K-12 Increases by 7% in 2015
Futuresource Consulting, the leading provider of education technology research, has published its annual strategic technology in education report, delivering a fully-comprehensive view of the global education landscape.
Personal Computer Sales to K-12 Education Continue to Rise as OS War Hots Up
Adoption of personal computers within the K-12 education sector continued to increase across 2015, with shipments of devices rising more than 12% globally according to the recently published Futuresource Consulting 'Personal Computing in K-12 Education – Q4 2015 Market Track' report. Global shipments reached 29.6 million units in 2015, up from 26.4 million in 2014.
Interactive Flat Panel Sales Double with Over 800,000 Sold in 2015
Interactive Flat Panels (IFPDs) have been a major success story in 2015. By Q4, 59% of all interactive display sales were IFPDs. The growth has been explosive from 18% in 2013, 33% in 2014 to 57% in 2015. This growth is forecast to continue up to 82% by 2020. The interactive whiteboard (IWB), the original technology, is in decline but combined the two technologies contributed to 1.5 million displays in 2015.
BETT 2016 - Futuresource Show Round Up
As the doors to the colossal #Bett2016 #EdTech show are now closed, the Futuresource team are keen to share their key takeaways in this downloadable show report. The Futuresource BETT 2016 Show Report provides a snapshot of the leading product launches and main 'talking-points' captured across the 800 stands and countless presentations at the major global education show in London's Excel.
Press Commentary - What to Expect at BETT 2016
The Futuresource #Edtech team is all set to charge the halls of this year's #BETT2016 in London's Excel. The team always revels in the chance to emerge themselves in cutting edge innovation and experiment with the latest gadgets, products, platforms and content that is being propelled into the #Edtech space. In anticipation of this imminent exploration and celebration of all things #Edtech, Futuresource Consulting would like to share its thoughts on some of the pioneering technologies that are expected to be in the limelight this year.
Microsoft Expected to Fight Back in Global K-12 Market in 2016
The past few years has seen Google gain rapid traction in the US market with its Chrome OS (Via Chromebooks) coming at the expense of both Microsoft and Apple. Q3 saw Chromebooks reach over 50% of sales for the first time (51% of US Qtr 3 2015 K-12 sales) with 1.63 million units sold of the total market.
Chromebooks Now Account for 49% of Total US Q2 Shipments to K-12 Schools
The global uptake of personal computers within the K-12 education sector continues to grow with Q2 2015 providing the biggest quarter to date. Shipments reached more than 8.6 million units according to Futuresource's Personal Computing in K-12 Education Track – Q2 2015 report, which saw 'YoY' growth reach 4% globally when compared to the same period in 2014.
Another Record Quarter for the Interactive Displays Market
The interactive whiteboard market has grown at a tremendous pace over the last decade. Initially major uptake was in the UK, Mexico and the USA, but they have now become common place across the globe.
The Global Interactive Displays Market Smashes Q1 2015 Records
According to the latest global interactive display report from Futuresource Consulting, the market has seen unprecedented growth with a staggering 42% ('YoY') growth due to the 300,000 displays being shipped in just Q1 2015.
Universe of K-12 Education Technology Spend 2015 - Competition Continues to Flourish
Futuresource Consulting has released its latest K-12 education technology report exploring the opportunities and global value of the classroom technology hardware market, which reached $14.9 billion in 2014, a 16% increase on 2013.

Broadcast & Professional Video Equipment Press

OTT Infrastructure Investment Not Matched by Financial Return
OTT is adding greater pressures on resources and finance. Integration of disparate systems remains a major headache and metadata is an ongoing frustration and untapped opportunity for the broadcast community.
Video Drone Sales Reach $1.4 Billion in 2015, with Further Growth Predicted
In 2015, video drone sales reached $1.4 billion, with growth predicted across various industrial sectors such as agriculture, the energy sector and emergency services.
What to Expect in the World of Content and Entertainment Tech at NAB 2016
The Futuresource Broadcast and Professional Video team is all set to pace the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Centre at #NAB2016 from 16th – 21st of April. Their mission is to capture the hot topics, trends, technologies, products and services that are available to not only drive efficiency across the broadcast, content and entertainment supply chain but also create more immersive and engaging experiences for the consumer.
What to Expect at Integrated Systems Europe 2016
The Futuresource Professional Display team is all set to explore the halls of the Amsterdam RAI exhibition centre to scope out what is on offer at The Integrated Systems Europe 2016 (#ISE2016) during the 9th to the 12th February. The mission is to capture the hot topics, trends, technologies and products that are being promoted for use across the integrated systems supply chain through to end users across multiple industries. These will be featured in the 'Futuresource report portfolio' in the professional display space including videowall, wireless, corporate end user, virtual reality (VR) and 4K.
Pro Camcorders are Increasingly Being Used Within Studio Settings
According to the 2016 System & Box Camera Market report from Futuresource Consulting pro camcorders are increasingly competing with system cameras in the studio environment due to CAPEX savings. The report highlights that although pro camcorders are primarily used on location, they are now being brought into the studio environment. Futuresource Consulting states that this is due to cost savings.
Virtual and Mixed Reality - The Future is Nearly Here
Innovative, cutting edge technology and what it means to consumer entertainment continues to be on the forefront of the agenda at Futuresource Consulting as it announces the imminent release of its latest report covering Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR). The new report examines the potential of the technology across a wide spectrum of applications, including the worlds of Consumer Electronics, Broadcast, Education and B2B verticals.
Virtual Reality is Growing at a Rapid Pace, Opening up New Markets for Various Industries
The truly immersive experience of VR is opening up new markets for various industries to diversify and integrate into. The gaming industry always a pioneer with new technology is leading the way with VR, utilising the fast growing binocular head-mounted displays market which is set to grow 250% next year globally.
Distribution Encoder Market Revenues to Decline 21% by 2020
According to the latest report from Futuresource Consulting, the broadcast (linear) encoder markets are due to decline over the next five years. Revenues are expected to decline by 21% in the distribution market and by 10% in the contribution market.
Futuresource Predicts Decline of DSLRs for Pro Video
According to Futuresource Consulting's Convergence in Pro Video report, European shipments of DSLRs into professional video applications dropped by 41% in 2014.
Pro Monitor Market to Remain Flat Until 4K Demand Increases
Futuresource Consulting have just released the Q1 2015 EMEA pro monitor report. According to the report the EMEA professional monitor market fell by 12% (782 units) between Q4 2014 and Q1 2015 to reach 5,963 units. However, when comparing Q1 YoY, volumes were 17% (1,213 units) lower.

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Futuresource Digital Storage Tracker highlights Bumper Year
Futuresource Consulting has published the latest quarterly results from its digital storage tracking service which states that 2015 represented another record year for solid state drive (SSD) sales across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

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