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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 ...

InfoComm 2016 - Window into the World of Displays

The Futuresource professional AV team attended Infocomm 2016, meeting clients and scanning the floor for the latest innovations in this space. For those that did not attend this show, we wanted to share what we found to be the big display themes, which did reflect the trends from European market, captured in our ISE 2016 report. The final numbers ...

Medical-Grade Technology Brings Renewed Excitement to the Wearables Market

Medical-grade wearables represent an exciting and dynamic new area for wearable technology. The increasing global prevalence of chronic conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, are expected to cost the global economy $47 trillion annually by 2030. With the total consumer wearables market estimated to be worth $20 billion by the end of 2018, ...

Echo Sales Overtake Fire Tablets - But International Uptake Remains Dwarfed by the USA

The rise of Amazon’s Echo speaker has been well documented in recent years, culminating Echo selling more units worldwide in 2017 than Amazon Fire tablets – just.  With almost 20 million units sold worldwide during 2017, Echo’s installed base stood at 28 million by the end of the year, marginally ahead of Fire tablets at 27 million, with Fire TV al ...

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