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Retail Photo Printing - A Changing Landscape

The retail photo printing sector has been undergoing a marked change in Western Europe (and, in fact, globally) in the past two years or so, driven by the availability of a wider range of photo printing equipment. Specifically, the inkjet photo printers marketed by Epson & Fujifilm, plus the recently launched Noritsu inkjet photo printers.  Th ...

CEATEC - A Reflection of Japan's Changing Role in Worldwide Electronics

A number of trade exhibitions and fairs punctuate the calendar of Futuresource analysts and – one of these, CEATEC - has just finished. The Tokyo show (whose full name is Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies) feels quite different to other events such as CES, IBC and IFA as it is primarily a showcase for Japanese firms. Over the years, Futu ...

Photokina 2016 - Focus Shifts Towards Enthusiast and Professional Equipment

The Futuresource Imaging and Pro Video team attended Photokina 2016, meeting clients and scanning the floor for the latest products. We have talked before about how the enthusiast and professional equipment market remains robust despite the collapse of entry level in our previous blog (click here to view), and this was clear to see at the show. The ...

Video Ownership Remains Robust, but will People Jump to Just Buying Digitally?

Consumers' have never had so much choice of movies and ways of getting their hands on it, so why is the disc still king and what's behind the reluctance to adopt just digital as the way to buy movies and video to own and keep?  Futuresource's latest consumer research unearthed an interesting trend from the results of 20,000 online interviews acros ...

Who Wants to be in the Music Streaming Subscription Market?

This year, the global music streaming subscription sector has seen a number of head -to -heads; the ‘big two’ - Spotify vs Apple Music, YouTube vs the rest of the industry and the polarised views on exclusives across the sector, but these running sideshows can’t distract from two key facts. Firstly, streaming music subscriber growth continues to im ...

Apple's iPhone Shows the Emphasis is on Improving the User Experience

Apple's iPhone 7 launched to the usual blaze of speculation and publicity. As I watched the event and the presentation of each feature and improvement the point that occurred to me was that it is now near enough impossible for a smartphone to stand out from the crowd. Apple did a great job in explaining the advances in camera functionality, battery ...

Samsung Sells Printer Unit to HP in Maturing Market

The printing and photocopying market is huge, over $50 billion including consumables and services, but is steadily contracting as document management moves to digital distribution and the cloud. The market is segmented by volume and technology, with different brands competing in respective segments.  In an unusual move for a Korean company, Samsun ...

Say You Want a Revolution - Vinyl Gets Another Spin

Think vinyl in the digital age of music streaming and downloading and it’s easy to think snap, crackle pop and clutter. But one of the most unusual phenomenon of the past few years has been the renaissance of vinyl records – an odd curio in an era of consumption over collection and where the convenience of ‘All you can eat’, access all areas subscr ...

Projection Technology Showcased Alongside the Latest and Greatest at IFA 2016

Consumer electronic trade shows are normally dominated by the latest cutting-edge gadgets and IFA 2016 was no different with the latest innovations in drones, wearables and 3D printing technologies being widely showcased. However, projection – dubbed by some as an outmoded technology – was also placed centre-stage and attracted widespread draw. In ...

Social Media Platforms: A New Home for Video

Social media is shaping up to change the video viewing habits of many, with millennials already at the forefront of this switchover. User generated content and short form videos are proving to be incredibly popular by the mobile-driven masses, creating billions in views. As a result, it comes as no surprise that content owners are taking full advan ...

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