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COVID-19 and the New Era of Online Video Conferencing

Populations are adjusting to COVID-19, with social distancing orders having compelled people to find alternatives to face-to-face meetings. As a result, cloud video conferencing solutions have never been more popular. With hundreds of millions of people now working from home, vendors such as Cisco, Lifesize and Microsoft have responded to the crisi ...

Challenging Times Ahead for Touring, Rental and Events

The professional audio industry is one of consistent long-term growth, and leading into 2020, new product and vertical opportunities are set to continue for the foreseeable future. However, COVID-19 comes as an unprecedented crisis for many, and the professional audio industry is no exception. The largest pressures for the pro audio industry are e ...

Moving Head Pro Lighting Sector Stalled by COVID-19

2020 started well for the MHPL sector, with vendors seeing sales hit targets in January and into early February. February brought some supply issues from Chinese MHPL ODMs, which carried over into March. Although the ODM supply side of the MHPL sector has re-established itself over the last two to three weeks. The major issue for MHPL vendors cur ...

Producing Content From Quarantine, as Production Pauses

The measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have had a direct impact on the creation of professional video content. As more and more countries encourage social distancing, and governments enact stay-at-home policies for all but key workers, alterations to daily life have had far reaching consequences. The challenge at hand for broa ...

What Lies Ahead for the Retail and In-Store Photo Sector?

With consumers under lockdown in many Western European countries, the impact on the retail and in-store photo sector has been sweeping, with many retailers offering these services totally closed. Where retailers remain open, some in-store photo order terminals have been closed for hygiene reasons, with other retailers only offering essential items ...

COVID-19 Drives Opportunities for Office Hearables in the Workplace

Futuresource publishes a range of research across the video and audio conferencing space, with one of its more recent publications being “Audio Conferencing in the Meeting Room Report 2019,” which included microphones, speakerphones, video bars and conference phones. This report highlighted not only the opportunity within the meeting room, but also ...

How Will Installation Verticals Weather the Storm of COVID-19?

Through its research in recent years, Futuresource has identified the install audio markets as a key opportunity for brands across the professional audio industry, ranging from large system touring vendors, through to business music brands and conferencing microphone suppliers. However, as with many professional audio segments and other areas of AV ...

Global Demand for Front Projection to Hit a Record Low in 2020

As the spread of COVID-19 intensifies, Futuresource Consulting shares its view on how this global health emergency is impacting the front projector market. In terms of production, the majority of projector manufacturers had pre-planned to shut down – just not for the reasons they had anticipated. The outbreak of the virus coincided with Chinese Ne ...

What Does the Global Demand for LED Look Like Now and In the Future?

LED production is highly centralised in China, so anxieties relating to supply have eased fairly rapidly, as the country rebounds from weeks in lockdown. As the number of new COVID-19 cases in China plummets, key vendors are making repeated assurance that their manufacturing capacity has returned to normal, though some smaller vendors are still str ...

The Rise, Fall and Rise of the Interactive Display Market

A month ago, 13 countries had complete school closures, affecting 19% of enrolled learners and placing an emphasis on the concern for adequate supply. As the peak of the crisis in China was just after Chinese New Year, vendors had plenty of inventory to cover the annual common shortage around that time, leading to limited shortages. Now manufacture ...

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