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360 Video - Potential and Pitfalls

Much has been said about the potential for 360 video, and there’s no doubt that it, along with its more dynamic cousin, VR, is a hugely exciting technology, but there are significant question marks over the commercial viability of 360 video, not least the question of finding the right content. Within the world of traditional content, the most lucr ...

Pay-TV Lite - Coming to a Screen Near You

After many rumours, YouTube TV launched at the beginning of 2017, making its first foray into Pay-TV Lite, the relatively new but already competitive market distorting the lines between traditional pay-TV bundles and online video services. This move comes as a breakaway from the ad-funded content YouTube built its “1 billion hours viewed per day” r ...

Centrica: A Case Study in Connected Home Innovation

Energy supply and service giant Centrica PLC recently announced profits in 2016, which topped £1.5/$1.9 billion, on a turnover of £27/$34 billion. The FTSE 100 company owns a range of brands including: British Gas, Hive, Bord Gáis Energy (Ireland), Direct Energy (USA) and Dyno and has placed strategic focus on Connected Home, as outlined in its pub ...

Are Classroom Engagement Tools a Threat or an Opportunity for Enterprise Communication Providers?

School to parent communications are an essential part of the day-to-day running of a school. The requirement to notify guardians of school closures and events, absenteeism and student progress present a significant operational burden, one which is often best handled by a dedicated management platform. In the US, most K-12 public schools use an ent ...

What's Next for Pro AV Tech in 2017?

It seems slightly odd to be referencing ‘the consumer electronics’ (CES) trade show when being asked to consider the big trends in Pro AV for 2017, but here I am kicking off with a nod to CES. As my colleagues from our CE division returned from Vegas and we discussed the hot trends from the show floor, I am reminded again that convergence, certainl ...

VPA (Voice Personal Assistants) Competition in 2017

Futuresource expects voice control to largely disrupt how we interact with our electronics – from controlling our in-car-entertainment, white goods or smartphones, voice is making an impact. With four main contenders in the English language VPA race, Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant, there is a lot of ground to fight for, with no clear win ...

The Cultural Revolution - The Rise and Rise of Legal Online Video in China

Consider home video in China and the first things that spring to mind for many are pirate DVDs and illegal online video sites. However, things are changing rapidly. The Chinese home video market is in the midst of a cultural revolution and this is largely occurring in the minds of the young, with the growing acceptance and uptake of legal paid-for ...

The US and UK Show Key Differences in the EdTech Management Platforms & Tools Space

This week, Futuresource’s education technology team published its latest report on the adoption of mobile PC’s in K-12 schools globally.One of the key takeaways is the storming success Google is having with its Chromebook platform in the US market. A 58% market share in 2016 is no mean feat when competing with Microsoft and Apple, but look beyond t ...

The Day of the Smart Appliance is Finally Dawning

Smart appliances have been available for many years without making much impact on the $74 billion worldwide laundry and refrigeration market, but research from Futuresource Consulting indicates that this may be about to change.Currently, <2% of the worldwide market for laundry and refrigeration is accounted for by smart devices, even though the ...

Western Europe Retail Minilab Photo Printing - It's Not Dead Yet

The UK pharmacy chain, Boots announced yesterday (March 1st 2017) that it is to close two thirds of its in-store photo centres, which fulfil silver halide photo prints, photobooks, cards and some wall décor with a combination of wet minilabs, duplex and simplex digital printers and LFPs.Is this a sign of the times for the Western European retail mi ...

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