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5G: Marketing Hype or Commercial Reality

With the Mobile World Congress 2019 show only weeks away, many handset vendors will release details of their first 5G smartphones.  Conversely, most operators are only just embarking upon roll out of their 5G services in each region.  So is the industry truly ready for 5G, or are those early adopters going to be disappointed? Telecommunications pr ...

The Esports Opportunity for the Broadcast, Pro AV and IT Industry

The esports phenomenon continues to gain momentum with a business expected to reach over a billion dollars in revenue this year, comprising games publishers revenues, media rights, event ticket sales and merchandise, advertising and sponsorship, this figure is expected to triple over the next five years. With a growing fan base of over 450 million ...

Key Trends in Flagship Smartphones - An Evolution Before the Revolution

With anticipation for MWC Barcelona beginning to build, we here at Futuresource Consulting are reflecting on the major trends that drove the smartphone market in 2018. Despite the increasing homogeneity of smartphones, flagship vendors continued to differentiate themselves from one another through some clever engineering. While excitement for 5G ne ...

2019: When D2C Video Services Will Become Super-Charged

2018 was yet another fascinating year in the development of the video and TV content sector, which has paved the way for further dynamism, disruption and potential opportunity in 2019. From Disney’s proposed acquisition of Fox, to the proliferation of OTT channels and SVoD services - and with it the growing prominence of D2C services - existing le ...

Apple iTunes & Samsung Partnership Signals Start of New Era for Apple

In Futuresource’s perspective report published before Christmas, Battle for the Living Room, we stated that Apple was to make a big play in TV in 2019, highlighting that: “Apple’s Achilles’ heel to date has been its lack of reach on the big screen in the living room, where most premium content is consumed. A closed approach to licensing iTunes has ...

Smart Home: Where to Next in a Voice Assisted World

Smart home had another year of fabulous growth as Futuresource estimates that shipments grew by 39% in 2018. This consumer electronics category is now worth more than $12bn globally and shipped over 100m devices in 2018. The industry is tackling some important challenges like interoperability, but lags in addressing issues that concern consumers an ...

Voice The Next Generation Consumer Interface

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

Review of the Three Gaming Platforms and How Monetisation Models are Changing and Converging

According to the latest research from Futuresource, global software spend across all gaming platforms (mobile, PC and console) is expected to reach $132 Billion in 2018. Whilst there is some overlap between the three platforms, they offer very different gaming experiences. Mobile is the fastest growing and largest sector of the global video games ...

Bose's Hearphones - Blurring the Boundaries Between Hearing Aids and Headphones

“Hearphones have truly changed my life” claims one review of Bose’s new generation of fashionable, customisable, ‘conversation-enhancing’ hearing aids. Thanks to a recent FDA approval for marketing the over-the-counter hearing aids, consumers both young and old are now able to purchase, program and control Bose’s ‘Hearphones’ on their own without t ...

Is it too soon to be talking about 8K?

The ongoing drive for ever-higher resolutions has been a familiar story in the world of video acquisition for many years. But, after IBC 2018, talking about the practical application of 8K is no longer taboo. Japan’s state broadcaster, NHK, has long been the driving force behind 8K. Manufacturers have been committed to developing an ecosystem of p ...

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