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Biamp Acquires Audioprof - But What Does that Mean for the Brands and the Industry?

Yet further consolidation has hit the professional audio markets, with Biamp’s acquisition of the Community and Apart loudspeaker brands. This follows a consolidation trend which Futuresource has being reporting on for some time, with pro audio moving further away from the independent, family-run industry it once was. This announcement follows anot ...

True Wireless Headphone Bandwagon gets More Crowded, as Brands vie to Challenge Apple

True wireless headphones sales have enjoyed extraordinary growth in the past year. After a very successful Q4 2018, which saw shipments reach a total equal to the previous three quarters combined, Q1 2019 witnessed year-on-year growth of 223% in units and 188% in revenue. Consumers appear to enjoy the freedom that truly wireless products bring. Alt ...

Can Local Services Thrive Alongside Global Scale SVoD Giants

The dynamism of the subscription video sector has showed no sign of slowing in the first half 2019; with a high sense of anticipation for what is to come during the remainder of the year. Most of the current focus has centred around the potential Netflix dampening services which have yet to launch; namely Disney+, WarnerMedia and Apple TV+. However ...

A Review of InfoComm Southeast Asia

InfoComm Southeast Asia, in Bangkok, Thailand celebrated a triumphant debut launch last month, securing its status as the go-to annual event for the Asian pro AV community. Exhibitors and attendees concurred that the show had earned its stripes. Many of those that took a wait-and-see approach this year indicated they will definitely attend or parti ...

Esports Revenues to Reach $1B – Huge Opportunities for IT Vendors, Especially in Education

Esports has been a growing industry on the fringe of gaming culture since the late 1990s, but has exploded in popularity in recent years, attracting a massive audience to the world of competitive gaming. Major competitions such as the Intel Extreme Masters already attract more than a hundred thousand spectators, and millions of fans follow esports ...

Can Politics Derail the Huawei Market & What Are the Implications for the Broader Smartphone Market?

The latest movement in the escalating US-China trade war has seen restrictions placed on US companies conducting business with Huawei, which has resulted in Google announcing that Huawei will now no longer have access to the latest updates to Android, the operating system that powered nearly 200M Huawei smartphone sales in 2018. As noted by Future ...

Untethered Hearables Offer New Monetisable Opportunities

A hearable is defined as an intelligent in-ear audio product that uses wireless technology to connect via a smartphone or other device that streams content from the Internet. Hearables improve the listening experience through application of noise cancellation and audio enhancement technology, or through advanced features such as translation and voi ...

The Battle to be the 'Netflix of Gaming'

Entertainment giants like Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Apple are all striving to be the ‘Netflix of Gaming’, making announcements about new cloud gaming platforms or ‘digital only’ consoles like the Xbox S1. Their targets? The ‘digital natives’ a segment that have grown up without discs and are totally unfamiliar with the sluggish cartridge loadin ...

Wearables in Sport: Why the Wearable Will Ride the ‘Digital Fitness Wave’

A key lesson learnt in the wearables market is that sport sells. With the ‘digital fitness wave’ gathering momentum and driving developments of hardware and software in a variety of sporting verticals, Futuresource has conducted a study looking at the role of wrist-worn wearables in sport. Health and fitness tracking have been a staple of different ...

Market Opportunity and Technology Integration Drives Ingenuity in Hearables

The market for hearing enhancement products is set for disruption. Leading consumer electronics brands are now impinging upon the traditional markets for hearing aids by adding technologies that transform earphones into the growing category of hearables. Today the hearing correction market presents an opportunity of 24 million devices annually, wi ...

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