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VR - What's Going on Beyond the Hardware

When taking stock of the VR ecosystem, it is clear that the commitment to driving the sector towards eventual success is as strong as ever. From a hardware perspective, continued innovation combined with price erosion is grabbing consumers’ attention whilst the big investors in VR such as Facebook are providing clear evidence of their ongoing VR pu ...

Pay-TV Lite - Coming to a Screen Near You

After many rumours, YouTube TV launched at the beginning of 2017, making its first foray into Pay-TV Lite, the relatively new but already competitive market distorting the lines between traditional pay-TV bundles and online video services. This move comes as a breakaway from the ad-funded content YouTube built its “1 billion hours viewed per day” r ...

The Cultural Revolution - The Rise and Rise of Legal Online Video in China

Consider home video in China and the first things that spring to mind for many are pirate DVDs and illegal online video sites. However, things are changing rapidly. The Chinese home video market is in the midst of a cultural revolution and this is largely occurring in the minds of the young, with the growing acceptance and uptake of legal paid-for ...

Sky/Discovery Pricing Spat was a Sign of Deeper Market Currents

The well-publicised and highly acrimonious pricing row between Sky and Discovery Communications was settled at the 11th hour on the 31st January 2017 and Sky subscribers will continue to enjoy Discovery’s bouquet of 12 thematic genre channels like Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC as well as Eurosport. The disagreement was simple – Sky said Discovery’s ...

Apple Looks to Content to Strengthen its Service Proposition

According to reports, Apple is intensifying talks with producers to acquire original scripted material for TV shows and movies. This is not new, reports of Apple dialog with Hollywood have been circulating for years, but does it indicate a stronger interest in exclusive content as a services differentiator, or signal a major strategic push into fil ...

Amazon Going Global is Just the Beginning

CES 2016 provided one of the most significant recent announcements in the video space as Reed Hastings stated Netflix was going global. Almost 12 months on, Amazon announced the immediate availability of its Amazon Originals video service in over 200 countries, fuelling the battle for global share and solidifying its position within the video servi ...

Has Netflix Picked the Perfect Time to Launch Download Functionality?

Netflix might be a global phenomenon but it's only just playing catch up with a function Amazon Prime Video has had since August 2014; the ability to download movies and TV shows to watch offline - even though Amazon is only active in a handful of countries (although this is about to change significantly). Amazon's download functionality has been w ...

AT&T and Time Warner: 'Big is Beautiful'

Following its $49 billion grab for DirecTV in 2015, AT&T has now offered $84 billion to acquire Time Warner Inc. The deal is subject to regulatory scrutiny and the FCC will be under pressure by a number of parties to block the deal, including Donald Trump, who has already said he will veto it if elected on the basis of too much concentration of ...

Video Ownership Remains Robust, but will People Jump to Just Buying Digitally?

Consumers' have never had so much choice of movies and ways of getting their hands on it, so why is the disc still king and what's behind the reluctance to adopt just digital as the way to buy movies and video to own and keep?  Futuresource's latest consumer research unearthed an interesting trend from the results of 20,000 online interviews acros ...

Who Wants to be in the Music Streaming Subscription Market?

This year, the global music streaming subscription sector has seen a number of head -to -heads; the ‘big two’ - Spotify vs Apple Music, YouTube vs the rest of the industry and the polarised views on exclusives across the sector, but these running sideshows can’t distract from two key facts. Firstly, streaming music subscriber growth continues to im ...

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