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Amazon Prime Day has Ended - Futuresource Explains How its Daily Price Tracking Service Witnessed the Greatest Online Event of Projector Deals Yet

(Retail Technology Review - 23/07/2019)

When people think of Amazon Prime Day, home projection may not be the first tech category that comes to mind but the etailer, online retail in general in fact, has grown to become a key channel for projector sales. Worldwide dedicated home projector sales grew 15% globally in 2018 (excluding Screenless TV in China), as outlined in Futuresources’s ‘Worldwide Quarterly Front Projection Tracker'...

External web link - https://www.retailtechnologyreview.com/articles/2019/07/23/amazon-prime-day-has-ended-%E2%80%93-futuresource-explains-how-its-daily-price-tracking-service-witnessed-t/

Current Smart Speaker Consumers Value Sound Quality

(Audio Xpress - 22/07/2019)

Apparently Apple got it right. Once again. As smart speaker adoption continues to climb, more than half of existing owners would like to have a smart speaker with better sound quality than their current device, while a similar number would pay more for it. That’s one of the findings from the new “Audio Tech Lifestyles” consumer survey from Futuresource Consulting, conducted in the USA, UK, Germany, Japan and China...

External web link - https://www.audioxpress.com/news/current-smart-speaker-consumers-value-sound-quality?fbclid=IwAR2NY1KNRoRnYbFy2-08mmTLLZzky8SmMNbm2_tnsZrBZ4ASbMz33hvH3k8

BritBox Launch Will Pile More Pressure on Netflix

(Streaming Media Europe - 19/07/2019)

BritBox, the "Best of British" SVOD from ITV and the BBC, will launch in the UK by the end of 2019 as a last-ditch attempt for the broadcasters to mine their extensive back catalogue—but it could be too little too late. With more than 10 million UK subs Netflix has a massive head start...

External web link - http://www.streamingmediaglobal.com/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/BritBox-Launch-Will-Pile-More-Pressure-on-Netflix-133165.aspx

UK CE Markets Looks Set to Fend Off Brexit Uncertainty

(Advanced Television - 18/07/2019)

The UK consumer electronics (CE) retail market generated £19.2 billion (€21.3bn) in 2018, with further growth of 4 per cent expected this year, even with the economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit, according to a forthcoming report from Futuresource Consulting....

External web link - https://advanced-television.com/2019/07/18/report-uk-ce-markets-looks-set-to-fend-off-brexit-uncertainty/

Another View on Biamp Buying Community and Apart Speaker Brands

(Rave Publication - 19/07/2019)

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...

External web link - https://www.ravepubs.com/another-view-biamp-buying-community-apart-speaker-brands/

Global Media Groups Seek Control Over the Content Value Chain

(Videonet - 17/07/2019)

As if it needed underlining, the recent announcements that Netflix is moving into Shepperton Studios and Sky is creating a new Europe-wide development and production capability called Sky Studios demonstrate that we are in the midst of a golden age of TV content production. These moves also indicate a rethink...

External web link - https://www.v-net.tv/2019/07/17/global-media-groups-seek-control-over-the-content-value-chain/

Google Contractors Listen to Recordings of People Using Virtual Assistant

(Barron's - 11/07/2019)

Google said contractors are listening to customer audio recorded by the company’s virtual assistant, a disclosure prompted by a media report that adds to privacy concerns associated with the technology. Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS said in a report this week that theAlphabet Inc. unit employs contractors around the globe to listen to some recordings of conversations...

External web link - https://www.barrons.com/articles/google-contractors-listen-to-recordings-of-people-using-virtual-assistant-51562874927

HBO Max Joins Multi-Billion-Dollar Content Battle

(Streaming Media - 10/07/2019)

WarnerMedia's announced that its premium direct-to-consumer (DTC) service will be called HBO Max when it debuts next spring, but will it have the content to attract and retain subscribers?

That's the multi-billion-dollar question facing not just WarnerMedia parent company AT&T...

External web link - https://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/News/Online-Video-News/HBO-Max-Joins-Multi-Billion-Dollar-Content-Battle--132934.aspx

Tech Tent: Let the 5G Battle Commence

(BBC News - 05/04/2019)

The 5G era has finally begun. Both the United States and South Korea claim they have won the race to launch the first commercial next-generation mobile network. On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we assess those claims and ask how important it is to be first with this technology.

External web link - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-47826948

What to Expect at NAB 2019

(AVNetwork - 04/04/2019)

NAB Show opens its doors in just a few days’ time, showcasing the tech behind what the broadcast industry creates and how the world consumes. So, here’s a sneak peek at what Futuresource Consulting expects will be the key topics and trends to emerge from this major event for media, entertainment, and technology professionals.

External web link - https://www.avnetwork.com/blogs/what-to-expect-at-nab-2019

AI's Rise...and Impact on Broadcast and Production

(Radio + Television Business Report - 03/04/2019)

The world of broadcast and production can be a minefield of contradictory challenges, notes Futuresource Consulting. Reduce bit rates, but maintain visual quality; apply precise subtitles, but broadcast in real time; create highlight content, but transmit it immediately after the main event.

External web link - https://www.rbr.com/ai-market-analysis-and-commentary/

Should Google, Amazon and Facebook fear this Woman?

(BBC News - 29/03/2019)

US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren says she'd consider dismantling the tech giants should she ever get the top job. But is this really necessary or even possible? A growing chorus of people think the big beasts of the tech world - Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon - are getting too big for their boots and should be dismantled.

External web link - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47711500

How Dutch Educators use Chromebooks to Transform Classrooms

(Google Blog, Grainne Rietveld - Head of Northern Europe, Google for Education - 27/03/2019)

When I first moved to Amsterdam in 2014, there were a small number of passionate educators using Google tools to shape digital teaching and learning. Schools like Corlaer College, a secondary school in Nijkerk, were already working with Chromebooks at the time.

External web link - https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/how-netherlands-educators-use-chromebooks-transform-classrooms/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FMKuf+%28The+Keyword+%7C+Official+Google+Blog%29

Google is Winning in Education, but Apple and Microsoft are Battling for Market Share

(CNBC - 20/03/2019)

Google, Microsoft and Apple are battling for dominance in classrooms. They all want their devices in the hands of the next generation of consumers. The U.S. education-tech market is expected to hit $43 billion this year...

External web link - https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/20/apple-google-microsoft-are-battling-for-dominance-in-education.html

Set-Top Shipments to Grow 1% in 2019

(Digital TV Europe - 20/03/2019)

Shipments of set-top boxes (STBs) and media streamers are expected to grow 1% globally in 2019 following a period of “market stagnation,” according to Futuresource Consulting.

External web link - https://www.digitaltveurope.com/2019/03/20/futuresource-set-top-shipments-to-grow-1-in-2019/

Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

(Ed Surge - 13/03/2019)

One overused catchphrase in education is that learning should be “student-centred.” But what if we took that to its logical conclusion and also made it the goal of our education technology predictions?

External web link - https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-03-13-analysis-is-higher-ed-ready-for-the-tech-expectations-of-the-teens-of-2022

Futuresource Finds Adoption of Voice Assistants Continues to Grow and Expand

(KNX Today - 08/03/2019)

The recent uptake and demand for devices featuring voice assistants has continued to surge, according to findings from Futuresource Consulting’s new Voice Assistants in Home Electronics market report. Futuresource’s latest findings for home CE with voice assistants ‘built in’ showed 119 million devices were shipped worldwide in 2018.

External web link - http://knxtoday.com/2019/03/13213/futuresource-finds-adoption-of-voice-assistants-continues-to-grow-and-expand.html

How Harman International is Reshaping the Audio Landscape

(Gigabit - 07/03/2019)

From connected car technologies to trailblazing audio systems, HARMAN International is riding the tailwinds of the latest audio boom. We sit down with Michael Mauser, Executive Vice President and President of the Lifestyle Audio Division, to find out more about the illustrious brand…

External web link - https://www.gigabitmagazine.com/cloud-computing/how-harman-international-reshaping-audio-landscape

Smart Appliances on Track for 36% Global Growth by 2023

(CE Pro - 06/03/2019)

Good news CE pros: smart appliances are on the rise, and they might be the perfect thing to start pitching to homeowners! In the wake of CES, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), and the International Builder's Show (IBS), Futuresource Consulting reports a significant boost in consumer interest in smart appliances when compared to a few years ago.

External web link - https://www.cepro.com/article/smart_appliances_36_percent_global_growth_2023

Your 5G Guide: Will we all Benefit from Super-Quick Mobile Internet?

(New Scientist - 06/03/2019)

I want 5G… in the United States as soon as possible,” Donald Trump tweeted recently. The US president isn’t the only one buying into the hype around the fifth generation of wireless technology. At last week’s mobile technology event MWC Barcelona

External web link - https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24132202-300-your-5g-guide-will-we-all-benefit-from-super-quick-mobile-internet/

Interactive Flat Panel Sales on a Continued Growth Pattern

(Commercial Integrator - 06/03/2019)

A new study from Futuresource estimates global interactive flat panel sales increased 39 percent in 2018, particularly in the corporate market. Futuresource says interactive flat panel display (IFPDs) products remain popular in the education and corporate markets and will remain popular for the immediate future.

External web link - https://www.commercialintegrator.com/av/video/futuresource-interactive-flat-panel-sales/

Interactive Display Market Boomed in 2018

(AV Network - 05/03/2019)

Interactive Flat Panel Displays (IFPDs) continued to be a considerable success in 2018 in the education and corporate markets. By Q4, 83 percent of all interactive display sales were IFPDs, increasing from 73 percent last year, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting.

External web link - https://www.avnetwork.com/news/interactive-display-market-boomed-in-2018-futuresource-consulting

Foldable Phone 2019? No, This won't be the Year of the Folding Smartphone

(Verdict - 27/02/2019)

Despite the hype surrounding 5G technology, next-generation mobile networks have been overshadowed at the Mobile World Congress 2019 by foldable phones. The announcement of Samsung’s anticipated foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, at its recent Unpacked launch event came just ahead of Huawei’s Mate X.

External web link - https://www.verdict.co.uk/foldable-phone-2019/

Netflix's Mexican SVoD Dominance Under Challenge

(Advanced Television - 27/02/2019)

The Mexican video entertainment market saw steady 2 per cent growth in 2018. However, this doesn’t fully reflect the structural changes in the wider video landscape, according to the latest Video Insights report from Futuresource Consulting...

External web link - https://advanced-television.com/2019/02/27/analyst-netflixs-mexican-svod-dominance-under-challenge/

Streaming Killed the Video Star, but is Netflix Ruining the Viewing Process too?

(The National - 26/02/2019)

When one of the world’s biggest consumer electronics companies halts the manufacture of a product after more than 20 years, you know there’s a cultural shift afoot. Samsung’s announcement last week that it is commencing an exit from the Blu-ray player market may well sound the death knell for DVD and Blu-ray, consigning those formats to the same waste heap as laser-discs, cassettes, minidiscs and VHS...

External web link - https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/comment/streaming-killed-the-video-star-but-is-netflix-ruining-the-viewing-process-too-1.830621

DSLRs and Mirrorless Camera Products Accounted for 56% of the UK Pro Video Camera Market in 2018

(Film, Video and Virtual Reality - 22/02/2019)

This makes for interesting reading …

Professional video acquisition is continuing to evolve, as DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are poised to dominate the market. In volume terms, these ‘convergent’ products accounted for 56% of the pro video camera UK market (including pro camcorders, but excluding high end digital cinema cameras) in 2018, according to a new industry report from Futuresource Consulting.

External web link - https://filmvideoandvirtualreality.com/dslrs-and-mirrorless-camera-products-accounted-for-56-of-the-uk-pro-video-camera-market-in-2018/

Brazil Bounces Back in Home Video Market

(Rapid TV News - 21/02/2019)

After a very challenging 2018 which saw significant falls in consumer spend, Brazil’s video entertainment market is now showing pockets of growth and a path to recovery according to a new video insights report from Futuresource Consulting.

External web link - https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2019022155212/brazil-bounces-back-in-home-video-market.html#axzz5ij6e1i8p

Report Finds Home Audio Sales Rose 21% in 2018

(CE Pro - 08/02/2019)

Home audio products are surging in popularity, with sales growing 21 percent in 2018 and global revenues approaching nearly $15 billion, according to Futuresource Consulting. Attributing the home audio market's growth to a couple of key product categories—smart speakers and soundbars—Futuresource says entry-level smart speakers from companies such as Amazon and Google, as well as an array of Chinese products, are forcing the prices of smart speakers down an estimated 12 percent.

External web link - https://www.cepro.com/article/futuresource_home_audio_market_21_percent

5G: Marketing Hype or Commercial Reality?

(Advanced Television - 07/02/2019)

With the Mobile World Congress 2019 show only weeks away, many handset vendors will release details of their first 5G smartphones, notes Futuresource Consulting. Conversely, most operators are only just embarking upon roll out of their 5G services in each region.

External web link - https://advanced-television.com/2019/02/07/5g-marketing-hype-or-commercial-reality/

To Bezel or Notch to Bezel - The Evolution of Smartphones

(FutureFive - 05/02/2019)

Futuresource Consulting has released its perspective of the major trends that drove the smartphone market in 2018 noting that despite the increasing homogeneity of smartphones, flagship vendors continued to differentiate themselves from one another through some clever engineering.

External web link - https://futurefive.co.nz/story/to-bezel-or-notch-to-bezel-the-evolution-of-smartphones

Esports Revenue Set to Triple

(Rapid TV News - 01/02/2019)

The eSports phenomenon continues to gain momentum with the segment expected to reach more than $1 billion in revenue this year, comprising games publishers’ revenues, media rights, event ticket sales and merchandise, advertising and sponsorship.

External web link - https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2019020154982/esports-revenue-set-to-triple.html#axzz5eaV4xAI2

Hollywood Had a Record Year, So Why is Europe's Box Office Down?

(The Hollywood Reporter - 31/01/2019)

With theatrical revenue off across all major markets on the continent, Netflix is the obvious culprit, but insiders say ageing theatres (no air conditioning in Italy?) are a major factor.

External web link - https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywood-had-a-record-year-why-is-europes-box-office-down-1180521

What to Expect at ISE 2019

(AV Network - 31/01/2019)

ISE 2019, the world’s largest exhibition for AV and systems integration professionals, opens its doors in a few days and is expected to draw more than 80,000 visitors. As the industry gears up for the show, Futuresource Consulting identifies the key trends and technologies that attendees need to look out for.

External web link - https://www.avnetwork.com/news/what-to-expect-at-ise-2019

Apple will have Original Content in Place as Viewing Habits Shift

(TBI Vision - 30/01/2019)

Apple CEO Tim Cook has predicted that the “breakdown of the cable bundle” will take place at a much faster pace this year and said Apple is well placed to help usher in this change in viewing habits.

External web link - https://tbivision.com/2019/01/30/apple-will-have-original-content-in-place-as-viewing-habits-shift/

Wider Still and Wider- Our Love of the Giant TV Screen

(BBC News - 28/01/2019)

In a year of High Street gloom one item beamed bright from the sales figures - the giant TV screen. It may still be a tiny segment of the market but sales are rocketing. Dixons Carphone saw a 70% surge in the sale of screens over 65in over Christmas, and a tripling of sales of screens sized 75in or more. John Lewis said sales of 70in TVs have risen 150% compared with last year, partly thanks to a spike in sales from the World Cup.

External web link - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46972140

3 Takes on Virtual and Augmented Reality in Schools, From the Bett Show

(EdWeek Market Brief - 25/01/2019)

As a concept – and as a line of products – virtual reality would seem poised to take off in K-12 schools, at least as measured by the slick gadgetry on display everywhere this week at the Bett ed-tech show.

External web link - https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/3-takes-virtual-augmented-reality-schools-bett-show/

Giving Voice To Verbal Interface

(TWICE - 22/01/2019)

In the three short years since Amazon launched Echo speakers, sales have exceeded 42 million units, creating a new smart speaker category that by September 2018 had clocked up over $6 billion in retail sales. What’s more, Echo is now playing a major role in the rising deployment of voice assistants (VAs) in a wider range of devices.

External web link - https://www.twice.com/product/giving-voice-to-verbal-interface

Microsoft Debuts New Low-Cost Laptops and 'Classroom Pen' for Schools

(GeekWire - 22/01/2019)

Microsoft is doubling down on the education market, a competitive arena for the world’s largest tech giants, with a series of new low-cost laptops and tools to help students and teachers work together.

External web link - https://www.geekwire.com/2019/microsoft-unveils-new-windows-10-devices-digital-learning-tools-students-teachers/

Why Apple's TV & Movie Streaming Service is Coming to Android

(Apple Must - 18/01/2019)

Breaking with its traditional ‘locked in’ business model, I think Apple will offer its upcoming iTunes Movies and TV service across multiple platforms and operating systems, including Android.

External web link - http://www.applemust.com/why-apples-tv-movies-service-is-coming-to-android/

German Home Entertainment Market Soars Past $10 Billion in 2018

(The Hollywood Reporter - 09/01/2019)

Germany's box office is coming off a bad year — preliminary figures suggest a double-digit drop in admissions and revenue — but the country's home entertainment market is stronger than ever...

External web link - https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/german-home-entertainment-market-soars-past-10-billion-2018-1174821

Tech to Expect at CES 2019

(Radio & Television Business Report - 07/01/2019)

As the lights come on and the crowds begin to gather in Las Vegas, we have a sneak peek at what Futuresource Consulting expects will be the key tech trends to hit the global consumer electronics stage in January.

External web link - https://www.rbr.com/tech-to-expect-at-ces-2019/

4K UHD to Surpass 100 Million Shipments

(Broadband TV News - 18/12/2018)

Consumer interest in 4K UHD is growing at such a pace that it is likely to surpass 100 million shipments, that’s according to the latest market tracking report from Futuresource Consulting. "This year, we’re expecting annual 4K UHD TV shipments to power past 100 million units,” says Tristan Veale, Market Analyst at Futuresource, “and the market will continue to grow with double-digit CAGR throughout our forecasting period to 2022.

External web link - https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2018/12/12/4k-uhd-to-surpass-100-million-shipments/

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