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$54 Billion To Be Spent on Mobile Gaming by People who Don't Play Video Games

Mobile is the fastest growing sector of the global video games market and this year $54 billion will be spent on buying games, downloading additional content (DLC) and subscriptions. What is most staggering about mobile gaming is that in 2018 it will account for 42% of total worldwide video gaming spend, higher than both consoles and PC, but is dri ...

CanalPlay Closure Further Highlights Importance of Continued Original Content Investment for SVoD Success

The announcement that CanalPlay is to close in France is another reminder of the growing requirement for major content investment to compete in the increasingly dynamic subscription video sector, particularly amongst local services. CanalPlay will join the list of high profile closures worldwide over the last couple of years, all with significant p ...

Apple WWDC 2018: Apple TV - Small Steps to a Bigger Living Room Play?

Heading into Apple’s WWDC 2018 event, there continued to be widespread speculation surrounding Apple’s TV and video strategy, largely because unlike Netflix, Amazon and Google – it does not yet have a video subscription streaming service.  However, announcements at the gathering were not heavily video or entertainment focussed, further dampening th ...

2018 UHD Content Rollout to Improve Once Technicalities are Resolved

The UHD sector has continued its steady evolution over the last year; from a consumer perspective UHD is becoming commonplace with a variety of devices and distribution platforms now available. However, from an industry perspective there is still a significant amount of ongoing grappling with the technology, more specifically, justifying and provid ...

Smart Speakers Drive Music Consumption, Key Takeaways from Insightful BPI and ERA Event

It could be argued that the proliferation of smart speakers in the last 2 years has heralded the biggest evolution of music consumption we have seen since the launch of the iPod, iPhone or even CD. The BPI and ERA held an event in London on Tuesday 20th March 2018, that tackled the smart speaker impact on music consumption. Futuresource was proud t ...

Sky & Netflix Partnership is a Win-Win for All

It has certainly been a busy week for Sky. Hot on the heels of the proposed $22 billion bid from Comcast, Sky has announced its plan to offer Netflix as part of its subscription packages in its European markets. The integration will first occur in the UK later in 2018, with Germany and Italy to follow. Sky’s Pay-TV footprint in these three markets ...

Comcast Outbids Disney for Sky, Increasing International Ambition

Comcast’s entry into the bidding to become the new owner of Sky is more evidence of the world’s leading media giants continuing to build out their portfolios across content production, distribution and platforms, on a global basis. If Comcast succeeds with its bid – a 16% increase on Disney’s initial offering - it would bring together two of the g ...

Through the Looking Glass

2016 was the year that virtual reality finally launched amid much fanfare but modest consumer uptake. But what about augmented reality/mixed reality? If 2016 opened the door for us to explore virtual worlds, then is 2017 the time that we step through the looking glass into augmented reality? Wittingly, and unwittingly, we have been dipping into th ...

The Age of Digital First Talent

At Futuresource’s recent New Content Horizons event in London, the closing keynote was presented by Gleam Futures CEO Dominic Smales. Gleam is the talent management behind the likes of Zoella, Marcus Butler, Jim Chapman and Victoria McGrath from IntheFrow, names perhaps not instantly recognisable to everyone but certainly to the digital-first gener ...

Apple Continues Music Push, but Not Closing Gap on Spotify

Along with its anticipated HomePod speaker announcement on Monday, Apple also announced that it now has 27 million Apple Music subscribers worldwide, meaning it has added 7 million subscribers in 12 months. This consolidates Apple Music as the number two paid-for on-demand music subscription service worldwide. Spotify has approximately twice as man ...

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