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GDPR and the Impact on Local Data Storage

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which the EU adopted on 14 April 2016, comes into force today (25th May 2018). GDPR is the new regulatory law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union, replacing the 20+ year-old Data Protection Directive from 1995. It will also impact businesses outside of Europe that c ...

The 5 Pro Video Acquisition Trends that Defined NAB 2018

April marked the annual return of the National Association of Broadcasters’ Show to Las Vegas, Nevada. The show is an opportunity to see the latest innovations in broadcasting technology and learn from thought-leaders and content creators on how they will use the developments to move the industry forward.  Looking back at the show, we’ve picked out ...

China: A Hotbed of Smart Speaker Activity

A trip to China last week, which involved numerous meetings with audio ODMs, brands and technology partners, culminated in Futuresource making a presentation at the Alexa summit in Shenzhen on the outlook for smart speakers and voice assistants. China is an appropriate location for such events because the smart speaker market there has ballooned in ...

NetDragon, Edmodo and the Impact of This Week's Acquisition

This week, Chinese online games company, NetDragon Websoft, announced its agreement to acquire US-based Edmodo, the global education network. The deal will likely present growth opportunities for NetDragon’s broader portfolio of education solutions and could have competitive ramifications for companies operating across the breadth of the education ...

2018 UHD Content Rollout to Improve Once Technicalities are Resolved

The UHD sector has continued its steady evolution over the last year; from a consumer perspective UHD is becoming commonplace with a variety of devices and distribution platforms now available. However, from an industry perspective there is still a significant amount of ongoing grappling with the technology, more specifically, justifying and provid ...

Smart Speakers Drive Music Consumption, Key Takeaways from Insightful BPI and ERA Event

It could be argued that the proliferation of smart speakers in the last 2 years has heralded the biggest evolution of music consumption we have seen since the launch of the iPod, iPhone or even CD. The BPI and ERA held an event in London on Tuesday 20th March 2018, that tackled the smart speaker impact on music consumption. Futuresource was proud t ...

Apple's March 2018 Education Press Conference - What to Expect

Apple has announced an education focused press event, scheduled to take place on the 27th March 2018. The announcement raises two questions - what will Apple announce and how will these announcements impact its position in the education market? As a company, Apple has maintained a strong brand in education for decades. When 1:1 computing was first ...

Sky & Netflix Partnership is a Win-Win for All

It has certainly been a busy week for Sky. Hot on the heels of the proposed $22 billion bid from Comcast, Sky has announced its plan to offer Netflix as part of its subscription packages in its European markets. The integration will first occur in the UK later in 2018, with Germany and Italy to follow. Sky’s Pay-TV footprint in these three markets ...

Comcast Outbids Disney for Sky, Increasing International Ambition

Comcast’s entry into the bidding to become the new owner of Sky is more evidence of the world’s leading media giants continuing to build out their portfolios across content production, distribution and platforms, on a global basis. If Comcast succeeds with its bid – a 16% increase on Disney’s initial offering - it would bring together two of the g ...

Beyond the Handset: Mobile World Congress in the Age of 5G

Over recent years, smartphone innovation has slowed. Developments from major vendors have trickled in, with refinement of functionality being brought to handsets, rather than leaps of innovation. Smartphones have no sign of disappearing; they remain one of the most widely used devices. However, there is certainly a lull in terms of market growth an ...

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