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Photokina 2018 - Why the Mirrorless Camera Format will be the Star of the Show

Since the last Photokina two years ago, product innovation has dramatically increased, especially with regards to mirrorless cameras and lenses.  In 2016, the industry and show buzz was all about the new category launches, including the Fujifilm entrance into medium format mirrorless. Now, two years later, Nikon, Canon and Panasonic have unveiled t ...

$54 Billion To Be Spent on Mobile Gaming by People who Don't Play Video Games

Mobile is the fastest growing sector of the global video games market and this year $54 billion will be spent on buying games, downloading additional content (DLC) and subscriptions. What is most staggering about mobile gaming is that in 2018 it will account for 42% of total worldwide video gaming spend, higher than both consoles and PC, but is dri ...

Latest Apple Event Key to Company's 2019 Strategy

Apple’s September ‘Special’ event has once again come around, with a new line up of handsets and the Apple Watch Series 4. With the iPhone accounting for 64 cents on every dollar Apple made in revenue since its last September event, and wearables continually cited up as one of Apple’s fastest growing product segments, the event is key for the compa ...

The Evolution of Professional Video Acquisition

Professional video acquisition is undergoing a revolution as the production industry takes advantage of the wide range of advanced camcorders and cameras at their disposal. The image quality available in contemporary products is far in excess of what was exclusive to just high-end TV and movie productions a decade ago, but the jump in quality and f ...

The Convergence of AV & Pro Video

Alongside the usual topics of IP, 4K, HDR and IP, another trend was prevalent at NAB 2018, one that we fully expect to see explored at IBC this year: diversification. The realities of the traditional broadcast/pay-TV industry mean that the potential of the market is limited. The business is changing. Cord-cutting, the rise of SVOD services such as ...

Evolution, Transformation and the Modern Workplace

Workplace meetings have undergone a physical and cultural transformation during the past five years, both in terms of their location and the technology used to facilitate them. Modern working habits and technological advancements have contributed to the rise of the meeting room as a high growth vertical for audio visual, unified communications and ...

Amazon Strengthening its Position in TV? Who's Under Threat - Sky, Samsung or Both?

Amazon Fire OS powered TVs were made available in the USA last year and reports suggest that the online retailer is looking to push these sets outside of the USA, starting with the UK. 2017 saw Westinghouse, Seiki and Element partner with Amazon to release Fire OS sets under each of their respective names. More recently in April of this year, Amazo ...

Photo Prints - Part of the Physical Media Revival

Recent statistics from Apple indicate that over a trillion images per year are being captured globally on iPhones. If one adds Android and other smartphones, then it is feasible that three trillion plus images are captured worldwide per year on all smartphones, notwithstanding, of course, camera image capture. For many years, despite rising image ...

Plantronics Acquires Polycom

Plantronic’s acquisition of Polycom late last week caused a significant stir in the Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC & C) industry, giving Polycom a much-needed boost amidst an increasingly crowded competitive landscape. In a deal purportedly valued at $2 billion in a cash and stock transaction, the announcement creates a communicat ...

CanalPlay Closure Further Highlights Importance of Continued Original Content Investment for SVoD Success

The announcement that CanalPlay is to close in France is another reminder of the growing requirement for major content investment to compete in the increasingly dynamic subscription video sector, particularly amongst local services. CanalPlay will join the list of high profile closures worldwide over the last couple of years, all with significant p ...

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