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Professional PTZ Cameras - A Market Full of Opportunities

One of the uniting aspects of most of the pro video and AV industries is that almost all end-users are looking to cut costs whilst at the same time aspiring to do more with the video format. This idea of doing more for less has driven down price points significantly in the pro camcorder market (a global figure of -28% over the past five years) and ...

Sky/Discovery Pricing Spat was a Sign of Deeper Market Currents

The well-publicised and highly acrimonious pricing row between Sky and Discovery Communications was settled at the 11th hour on the 31st January 2017 and Sky subscribers will continue to enjoy Discovery’s bouquet of 12 thematic genre channels like Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC as well as Eurosport. The disagreement was simple – Sky said Discovery’s ...

Wearable Tech Market Loses Momentum

Q4 punctuated a disappointing year for wearable device sales, as connected watch sales failed to fill the void left by slowing fitness devices – despite functionality and brands shifting to the newer category.A total of 90 million units of wearable devices were shipped to the market, reaching a retail market value of $14.2 billion. It was the first ...

Why is SoC Becoming a Key Feature for Many Vendors?

The smart displays market has evolved and changed in the last year, with further developments expected this year. Of course, smart displays incorporating System on Chip (SoC) is not a new development in the large format display market, with Samsung having ‘Smart Signage’ screens for almost five years. However, now is the time where there is the mos ...

Mobile Industry Forced to Work Harder to Maintain Growth

With worldwide shipments increasing by a factor of twenty over the last ten years, the smartphone has become one of the most successful products in consumer electronics today. 2017 will see the point at which over half of the world’s population owns a smartphone, far surpassing the peak of feature phone penetration, which did not reach more than 40 ...

Apple Looks to Content to Strengthen its Service Proposition

According to reports, Apple is intensifying talks with producers to acquire original scripted material for TV shows and movies. This is not new, reports of Apple dialog with Hollywood have been circulating for years, but does it indicate a stronger interest in exclusive content as a services differentiator, or signal a major strategic push into fil ...

CES 2017 - Convergence and the Impact on K-12 Education

The Futuresource research portfolio and expertise spans multiple technology sectors including consumer electronics (CE) and the education technology (EdTech) sectors, therefore the first essential trip in the technology calendar each year is CES in Las Vegas. The CE team at Futuresource recently shared all of the key category trends in the CES webi ...

Dual-Lens Cameras on the Rise but Processing Power Leads Smartphone Camera Development

Dual-lens Cameras from Huawei, LG and Apple Showcase Latest Tech Development Smartphone manufacturers are placing more emphasis on improving the camera and photography features as a way to differentiate from the competition and encourage consumer replacement every 1-2 years. For example, the iPhone 7 Plus dual-lens camera supports core photography ...

Amazon Going Global is Just the Beginning

CES 2016 provided one of the most significant recent announcements in the video space as Reed Hastings stated Netflix was going global. Almost 12 months on, Amazon announced the immediate availability of its Amazon Originals video service in over 200 countries, fuelling the battle for global share and solidifying its position within the video servi ...

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