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2018 UHD Content Rollout to Improve Once Technicalities are Resolved

The UHD sector has continued its steady evolution over the last year; from a consumer perspective UHD is becoming commonplace with a variety of devices and distribution platforms now available. However, from an industry perspective there is still a significant amount of ongoing grappling with the technology, more specifically, justifying and provid ...

Smart Speakers Drive Music Consumption, Key Takeaways from Insightful BPI and ERA Event

It could be argued that the proliferation of smart speakers in the last 2 years has heralded the biggest evolution of music consumption we have seen since the launch of the iPod, iPhone or even CD. The BPI and ERA held an event in London on Tuesday 20th March 2018, that tackled the smart speaker impact on music consumption. Futuresource was proud t ...

Apple's March 2018 Education Press Conference - What to Expect

Apple has announced an education focused press event, scheduled to take place on the 27th March 2018. The announcement raises two questions - what will Apple announce and how will these announcements impact its position in the education market? As a company, Apple has maintained a strong brand in education for decades. When 1:1 computing was first ...

Sky & Netflix Partnership is a Win-Win for All

It has certainly been a busy week for Sky. Hot on the heels of the proposed $22 billion bid from Comcast, Sky has announced its plan to offer Netflix as part of its subscription packages in its European markets. The integration will first occur in the UK later in 2018, with Germany and Italy to follow. Sky’s Pay-TV footprint in these three markets ...

Comcast Outbids Disney for Sky, Increasing International Ambition

Comcast’s entry into the bidding to become the new owner of Sky is more evidence of the world’s leading media giants continuing to build out their portfolios across content production, distribution and platforms, on a global basis. If Comcast succeeds with its bid – a 16% increase on Disney’s initial offering - it would bring together two of the g ...

Beyond the Handset: Mobile World Congress in the Age of 5G

Over recent years, smartphone innovation has slowed. Developments from major vendors have trickled in, with refinement of functionality being brought to handsets, rather than leaps of innovation. Smartphones have no sign of disappearing; they remain one of the most widely used devices. However, there is certainly a lull in terms of market growth an ...

The Silicon Labs' Z-Wave Deal May Herald New Dawn for Smart Homes

2018 could bring a breakthrough in smart home device interoperability. Silicon Labs - a Texas based manufacturer of ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips - is set to buy the Z-Wave operations of Sigma Designs for $240 million. The deal could boost the $6 billion Smart Home industry*, which is already expected to grow strongly in the coming years.  Sil ...

Collaboration: The Future of Workplace Technology

A buzzword which you’ll often hear over the coming months (with ISE 2018 just around the corner) is collaboration, and the increasing interconnectedness of the spaces in which we work and the technology through which we co-operate. Collaboration is a theme at the heart of the modern workplace, and the technology that supports this seeks to enable n ...

Realising the Potential of Cloud in the Pro Video Industry

IT, software, Cloud, IP: these words have been at the forefront of the marketing messages of vendors at tradeshows for years now. There has been much talk about the potential of such technologies and about how they will revolutionise the broadcast industry in terms of the way content is created and delivered. There have been case studies and testi ...

What's Ricoh Up to in the Workplace Collaboration Market?

Ricoh recently held its 2017 EMEA Industry Analyst Summit in Paris. Providing a strategy update on company plans for the next three years. The summit welcomed analysts covering office printing, IT services and Unified Communications & Collaboration. Ricoh’s Communication Services division manages its workplace collaboration products, including ...

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