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Embrace Change or Fall by the Wayside: The New Reality of the Broadcast Market

The world of professional video production and delivery is changing at a remarkable rate. Advancements in technology have always meant that consumers have had an increasing number of options of how to watch “television”, but OTT is taking this fragmentation to a whole new level. Historically, technology changes in the broadcast industry have been ...

Learning Management Systems in K-12 Part 2 - Supply Side Perspective

In the first section of this two-part blog we examined the current adoption of LMS’s in US K-12 education, covering the drivers and barriers that impact this. Key takeaways included: The penetration of paid-for LMS’s in US higher education is in the region of 100%, while the penetration of paid-for solutions in the K-12 sector is only 35%, as o ...

Ikea Enters the Smart Home Market

In March, Ikea, the world’s largest homeware retailer based on physical geographic footprint, entered the retail smart home market with a range of connected lighting called Trådfri ("wireless" in Swedish), designed to be “simple, affordable and accessible”. The full range comprises of four lightbulbs, three light panels, five cabinet lights (illumi ...

Is Projection Really the Future of the Consumer Display Market?

Last year, Hisense made the statement that “…projection is the future of the consumer display market…” – a staggering claim, not least because it derives from one of the world’s leading TV manufacturers.  Futuresource is currently undertaking a study to establish to what extent this statement will be proven true over the next 5 years and found tha ...

Learning Management Systems in K-12 Part 1 - Content Digitisation Driving Requirement for LMS

The use case for Learning Management Systems (LMSs) in K-12 education is a rapidly evolving debate. Changing requirements for the delivery of digital education and blended learning are set against the backdrop of a fragmented supply-side, with the melding of solutions across multiple sub-categories blurring the line between LMSs and other solutions ...

LeEco $2 Billion Acquisition of Vizio Called Off

It was officially announced this week that the proposed $2 billion purchase of Vizio, the second largest TV vendor in the US, by LeEco, China’s 2nd largest SVoD service, will not go ahead. Official reasoning for abandoning the acquisition was “regulatory headwinds” regarding overseas investment and capital for Chinese firms. However, there are reas ...

Major Changes Ahead for the AV Over IP Market

News that Crestron is now shipping the DigitalMedia NVX Series is the latest development in the AV over IP market, which has witnessed a lively few months. The market continues to gain traction and saw widespread interest at ISE 2017, with many looking toward the potential impact that AV over IP could have upon future content distribution and the h ...

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 ...

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