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Brexit - What Might be the Implications for the CE Market?

Last week's decision by the UK to exit the European Union raises many questions for the consumer electronics industry. The most fundamental being – what impact will this have on sales? To answer this accurately implies knowledge of the impact it will have on the economy, on prices, on household disposable income and on consumer confidence. All of t ...

Apple Helps Wearables Revenue Accelerate Year-on-Year, While Migrates to Smartwatches, and Dedicated Fitness Revenues Slow

Following the release of the latest Futuresource WW Wearables Report we would like to share some of the topline trends, data points and market shares in the wearables market. In Q1 2016, worldwide revenue for wearable devices surged 133% to nearly $6 billion (at retail) year-on-year, fuelled by connected watches, notably as Apple Watch passes its 1 ...

Have you heard of Twitch and eSports...is a Question I Often ask People

Video gaming has come a long way, appealing now to a wider demographic than ever, from casual app gaming through to truly immersive experiences offered by VR. However, popularity is not just limited to the playing of games, but also the watching of others playing; carving out a new genre of video content, a new sport, and a new form of sportsperso ...

Taiwanese Giant Foxconn Acquire 66% Stake in the Interactive Whiteboard Manufacturer SMART

Now the doors to the American AV tradeshow Infocomm2016 have opened, the industry will be taking in the recent news of the acquisition of the interactive whiteboard manufacturer SMART by the world's largest electronics manufacturer Foxconn, which now owns a 66.67% stake in its business. This follows its recent purchase of Sharp Electronics a couple ...

High End Photography Market Remains Robust Despite Collapse of Entry-Level

The steep declines in camera sales over recent years (30% y-o-y), due to the ill-effects of smartphone cannibalisation, are showing some signs of softening, which could suggest the market is set to ‘bottom out’ over the next few years to serve the needs of a segment of the population who appreciate the unique benefits of dedicated cameras including ...

Rising Adoption of Digital Signage in Corporate Office Spaces

Futuresource Consulting has recently published its latest round of corporate market research providing insight and commentary into the evolving purchasing and use-models of AV solutions in corporate environments. The study is based on feedback from 500 organisations across Western Europe and the US and accesses trends in both the adoption of digita ...

DreamWorks Animation Acquisition will Boost Universal Studio's Genre Portfolio

NBCUniversal, owned by cable giant Comcast, is buying DreamWorks Animation (DWA) for $3.8bn cash (total value of the transaction is $4.1bn including debt). The deal will significantly lift Universal’s capability in animation, which is consistently a key part of the children’s genre offering across all media.DreamWorks Animation was separated from D ...

Worldwide Projector Market Value Set to Grow

The mainstream projector market faces long-term declines. That's not news to most. However, one story that often gets overlooked is that despite this drop in volume, market value is expected to grow. Accelerated adoption of solid state illumination (SSI) projectors in 2017 will drive a rise in ASPs. SSI solutions are expected to maintain an upfron ...

Never Mind the Audio, Feel the Smart Home Interactivity!

At Google I/O last week, the company unveiled its response to Amazon Echo, Google Home, a compact wireless speaker with access to a range of music services including Google's own Play Music and GoogleCast, enabling multi-room audio. Android's Google Assistant and Google Now will provide far-field voice control for services interaction as well as sm ...

Amazon's Trail-Blazing Growth Continues

Amazon broke the $100 billion sales barrier in 2015 and is continuing to show unrelenting growth into 2016, with Q1 revenue up 28% to $29.1 billion. In addition to organic expansion of its e-Commerce business through wider product range and geographical reach, services are growing at 60% and now account for over 25% of revenue. 40% of 2015 operatin ...

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