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The Next Frontier: PS5 Spec Launch Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

While Coronavirus has led to the cancellation of gaming’s major event of the year, GDC in San Francisco, Sony has not let momentum slow for its upcoming release of the PS5. Last week Mark Cerny, gaming industry heavyweight and chief PS5 architect, took the opportunity to give PlayStation fans a deep look into the internal tech and the design proces ...

Disney+ Set to Hit Europe with a Bang; Momentum is Key Throughout 2020

Disney+ is set to quickly become the third largest SVoD service in Europe, following its Tuesday March 24th launch in key European markets. The current stay-at-home directive due to the coronavirus, along with additional distribution partnerships, are likely to see subscriber uptake reach even higher levels than previously anticipated. Futuresource ...

Esports to Fill the Gap Left by Sport Fixture Disruption

With coronavirus causing disruption to all facets of life, the sporting calendar faces substantial postponements or even cancellations, with large social gatherings both indoors and outdoors discouraged, as well as many players and teams contracting the disease or self-isolating from it. In parallel with this, the outbreak is forcing sports fans t ...

Virus Driven Lifestyle Changes will Drive Temporary Home Entertainment Paradigm

The continued escalation of Coronavirus worldwide will continue to have a major impact on the global entertainment sector; major movie theatrical releases are being postponed, theme parks are closing, music concerts/theatre shows postponed and TV show production, particularly those with live audiences scaled back or cancelled/delayed. In addition, ...

2020 - A Milestone Year for Many Across the Streaming Landscape - But What's the Secret to Service?

The streaming media industry is now entering a new era, as major launches and acquisitions carve out a global landscape for 2020 and beyond. US Direct-to-Consumer launches in the spring, from NBCUniversal’s Peacock and Warner Media’s HBO Max who will join recent newcomers AppleTV+ and Disney+, along with industry veterans Netflix, Amazon and Hulu t ...

Rapid Adoption of Disney + Brings with it Alternative Challenges

The build-up of unprecedented pent up consumer demand has seen Disney+ achieve an impressive 28.6 million paid subscribers worldwide in under 12 weeks since launch. However, such rapid early uptake will pose challenges moving forwards that are more usually associated with established services. Initial uptake has largely been driven by Disney fando ...

YouTube Gaming Strikes Major Blow in Esports Broadcast Battle

Amazon’s content streaming platform Twitch is facing intensified competition, with Google, Facebook and Microsoft reaching into their pockets in a bid to dethrone the gaming community’s go-to video sharing platform. Recent developments will have considerable implications for the composition of the esports and gaming broadcast landscape, with Twitch ...

Disney+ Signals New International Pay-TV Paradigm

Disney+’s rollout has been one of the most discussed and debated content service launches ever. Futuresource is bullish about its prospects in most key markets, with it expected to challenge for the number two or three SVoD position behind Netflix and (where significant) Amazon Prime Video. The depth of content at launch is impressive, with approxi ...

Digital Gaming and Esports Provide Q3 Boost for Hasbro

During a tough financial period for US companies caught in the crossfire of the trade war with China, digital gaming and esports have emerged as a source of success (and for some, trouble) for American entertainment companies in China. Hasbro has recently highlighted exceptional growth from its Magic: The Gathering card and video game, which has be ...

Is Hi-Res Audio Coming of Age?

Hi-Res audio streaming is not a new phenomenon and, despite a steady increase of the number of products allowing its playback, it has remained a niche format, mainly reserved to audiophiles. The key reasons for this slow uptake have been mostly attributed to the lack of awareness of Hi-Res, the price of Hi-Res streaming subscriptions and the limite ...

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