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The Battle to be the 'Netflix of Gaming'

Entertainment giants like Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Apple are all striving to be the ‘Netflix of Gaming’, making announcements about new cloud gaming platforms or ‘digital only’ consoles like the Xbox S1. Their targets? The ‘digital natives’ a segment that have grown up without discs and are totally unfamiliar with the sluggish cartridge loadin ...

Wearables in Sport: Why the Wearable Will Ride the ‘Digital Fitness Wave’

A key lesson learnt in the wearables market is that sport sells. With the ‘digital fitness wave’ gathering momentum and driving developments of hardware and software in a variety of sporting verticals, Futuresource has conducted a study looking at the role of wrist-worn wearables in sport. Health and fitness tracking have been a staple of different ...

Market Opportunity and Technology Integration Drives Ingenuity in Hearables

The market for hearing enhancement products is set for disruption. Leading consumer electronics brands are now impinging upon the traditional markets for hearing aids by adding technologies that transform earphones into the growing category of hearables. Today the hearing correction market presents an opportunity of 24 million devices annually, wi ...

Huawei P30: Imaging Revolution Before the 5G Evolution

Huawei have long since shed the perception of ‘copycat China,’ which overshadowed its early years as a smartphone vendor, and in recent years the company has enjoyed enviable growth to become one of the world’s top vendors of smartphone, competing with both Apple and Samsung for market share. Much of this growth has come as a result of some impress ...

Apple's Impending Announcement to Kickstart 2019's Next Wave of SVoD Evolution

It’s show time. That’s what Apple is telling us in the run up to its 25th March event, heavily suggesting a new SVoD service launch. It’s a move that has been anticipated here at Futuresource Consulting and across the industry for a number of years now. We’ve been playing out the scenario in our recent Futuresource Video Insights reports and evalua ...

Will Stadia Change the Gaming Landscape Beyond Recognition?

Google made a hard-hitting announcement on March 19th at the GDC in San Francisco, placing it as a direct competitor to rivals Microsoft, Sony and Steam all at once, announcing the imminent launch of their ‘Stadia’ gaming platform. Rollout will occur later this year and Stadia will initially be available in Europe and North America. Stadia will be ...

New Decade; New Codec

Those of you in the television broadcast industry will know that once in every decade a new video compression scheme appears that delivers even greater efficiencies over previous generations.  MPEG-2 held the crown through the 1990’s, H.264 (AVC) took centre stage during the mid-2000’s, then H.265 (HEVC) promised to depose all others from around 20 ...

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 ...

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