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Pay-TV Companies Offering Soundbars New Routes to Market

Sky’s decision to offer a discounted soundbar to its subscribers is another example of how the Pay-TV giant is exploring every avenue to offer a high quality A/V experience that will reduce subscriber churn and possibly attract new viewers. However, it also comes at an interesting time for the soundbar, sales of which have lost momentum in the UK. ...

RED: The Next Step in Smartphone Imaging, or the Next Step in Digital Cinema Cameras?

One of the leading digital cinema camera vendors will be joining the battle for smartphone brand share in Q1 2018. RED, known for initiating the digital revolution in the cinema camera market, has launched limited details of HYDROGEN ONE, a RED smartphone.Details are limited, leaving the small, but highly loyal RED customer base, and other spectato ...

Apple Unveils its HomePod Smart Speaker

On Monday Apple launched its Smart Speaker which it called HomePod. Costing $349 it won’t be available until December 2017 and will launch initially only in the US, UK and Australia (which combined represent around half of Apple’s consumer revenues and are important launchpads for new Apple categories). Unlike its competition in the Smart Speaker c ...

Where Next for Personal Electronics?

Since launching with the Walkman in the early 80’s, the personal electronics market has grown to reach $540 billion in retail value in 2016 and supports a market of accessories worth a further $60 billion. The market is characterised by many failed, forgotten or fading products, such as the mini-disc player, ebook and pager, but ultimately is a mar ...

Ikea Enters the Smart Home Market

In March, Ikea, the world’s largest homeware retailer based on physical geographic footprint, entered the retail smart home market with a range of connected lighting called Trådfri ("wireless" in Swedish), designed to be “simple, affordable and accessible”. The full range comprises of four lightbulbs, three light panels, five cabinet lights (illumi ...

LeEco $2 Billion Acquisition of Vizio Called Off

It was officially announced this week that the proposed $2 billion purchase of Vizio, the second largest TV vendor in the US, by LeEco, China’s 2nd largest SVoD service, will not go ahead. Official reasoning for abandoning the acquisition was “regulatory headwinds” regarding overseas investment and capital for Chinese firms. However, there are reas ...

Centrica: A Case Study in Connected Home Innovation

Energy supply and service giant Centrica PLC recently announced profits in 2016, which topped £1.5/$1.9 billion, on a turnover of £27/$34 billion. The FTSE 100 company owns a range of brands including: British Gas, Hive, Bord Gáis Energy (Ireland), Direct Energy (USA) and Dyno and has placed strategic focus on Connected Home, as outlined in its pub ...

VPA (Voice Personal Assistants) Competition in 2017

Futuresource expects voice control to largely disrupt how we interact with our electronics – from controlling our in-car-entertainment, white goods or smartphones, voice is making an impact. With four main contenders in the English language VPA race, Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant, there is a lot of ground to fight for, with no clear win ...

The Day of the Smart Appliance is Finally Dawning

Smart appliances have been available for many years without making much impact on the $74 billion worldwide laundry and refrigeration market, but research from Futuresource Consulting indicates that this may be about to change.Currently, <2% of the worldwide market for laundry and refrigeration is accounted for by smart devices, even though the ...

Do-It-Yourself Consumer Electronics

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is a trend we see growing in Consumer Electronics as consumers seek to refresh, enhance, and even create their own CE devices, supported by online tutorials, online component marketplaces and a rapidly growing base of coding-savvy consumers.We have seen connectivity penetrate home and personal CE devices; however the scope of w ...

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