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2020 - A Milestone Year for Many Across the Streaming Landscape - But What's the Secret to Service?

The streaming media industry is now entering a new era, as major launches and acquisitions carve out a global landscape for 2020 and beyond. US Direct-to-Consumer launches in the spring, from NBCUniversal’s Peacock and Warner Media’s HBO Max who will join recent newcomers AppleTV+ and Disney+, along with industry veterans Netflix, Amazon and Hulu t ...

Rapid Adoption of Disney + Brings with it Alternative Challenges

The build-up of unprecedented pent up consumer demand has seen Disney+ achieve an impressive 28.6 million paid subscribers worldwide in under 12 weeks since launch. However, such rapid early uptake will pose challenges moving forwards that are more usually associated with established services. Initial uptake has largely been driven by Disney fando ...

YouTube Gaming Strikes Major Blow in Esports Broadcast Battle

Amazon’s content streaming platform Twitch is facing intensified competition, with Google, Facebook and Microsoft reaching into their pockets in a bid to dethrone the gaming community’s go-to video sharing platform. Recent developments will have considerable implications for the composition of the esports and gaming broadcast landscape, with Twitch ...

Disney+ Signals New International Pay-TV Paradigm

Disney+’s rollout has been one of the most discussed and debated content service launches ever. Futuresource is bullish about its prospects in most key markets, with it expected to challenge for the number two or three SVoD position behind Netflix and (where significant) Amazon Prime Video. The depth of content at launch is impressive, with approxi ...

Digital Gaming and Esports Provide Q3 Boost for Hasbro

During a tough financial period for US companies caught in the crossfire of the trade war with China, digital gaming and esports have emerged as a source of success (and for some, trouble) for American entertainment companies in China. Hasbro has recently highlighted exceptional growth from its Magic: The Gathering card and video game, which has be ...

Is Hi-Res Audio Coming of Age?

Hi-Res audio streaming is not a new phenomenon and, despite a steady increase of the number of products allowing its playback, it has remained a niche format, mainly reserved to audiophiles. The key reasons for this slow uptake have been mostly attributed to the lack of awareness of Hi-Res, the price of Hi-Res streaming subscriptions and the limite ...

Moving Beyond Novelty - TikTok's Expansion as a Global Social Media Platform

With an ever-growing user base of over 500 million users worldwide and resounding popularity amongst teenagers, the video sharing and lip-syncing app TikTok, has been one of the most talked about social media apps of 2019. This success has notably been driven by the absorption of the widely popular Musical.ly, acquired by TikTok’s parent company By ...

With Competition Between Streaming Services Intensifying, Hardware Has Become an Important Growth Factor

After a dynamic few years in the music and audio industries, 2018 and the first half of 2019 have once again been marked by the continuous growth of global music streaming subscriptions, with this momentum expected to continue in the short to medium term. By 2023, Futuresource expects the number of streaming subscriptions to exceed 425 million glob ...

Microsoft Acquire Fortnite’s Biggest Star in Unexpected Move

Fortnite star Ninja has made a shock move to Twitch competitor Mixer, in a momentous exclusive media rights deal. This marks a massive upheaval for the Fortnite star who has developed a significant fanbase on Amazon owned Twitch of over 14.7 million followers. At his peak in 2018, Ninja saw a paying monthly subscriber count of over 250,000. Ninja’s ...

What Does Fortnite's $3 Million Prize Mean for the Future of Esports?

In the wake of last weekend’s Fortnite World Cup event, which culminated in 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf taking the $3 million prize, esports is edging ever-closer to the mass market. And as FIFA’s eWorld Cup prepares for launch in a few days’ times, Futuresource Consulting’s Morris Garrard, Research Analyst explores the projections and provides expe ...

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