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The Battleground for our Ears: A Reflection on 2019 and Where it's Headed

2019 has been one of the most exciting years yet for headphone analysts. Earphones are evolving into a far more versatile device than ever before, and Futuresource believes the stakeholders are laying the foundations for the next generation of UI. With smartphone sales slowing and wrist-wearables finding their niche, the tech giants are preparing t ...

The Adoption of IP and the Increasing Importance of Broadcast Control Solutions

As IP networks gain a foothold within broadcasting, broadcast control systems are becoming more complex by necessity. Futuresource Consulting’s Adam Cox, Senior Analyst – Imaging & Professional Video explores the broadcast landscape and the rise to prominence of broadcast control solutions in IP environments. Although IP within broadcast is ma ...

Microsoft Teams, Zoom & Cisco: The Impact of Interoperability

As video conferencing solutions proliferate, remote working continues to rise and the number of inter-company video conferences increases, a lack of system interoperability has become a major pain point for many users. Internally focused video conferences are less problematic, as everyone is familiar with their system of choice. However, once compa ...

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 ...

Google Buys Fitbit: What Does this Mean for the Wearables Industry

The announcement of Google’s acquisition of Fitbit for $2.1bn is a fundamental shift in the wearables competitive landscape and will send reverberations through the industry. Of all the major technology companies worldwide, only Apple has placed a serious emphasis on wearables and has, as a result, almost exclusively been the driving force behind s ...

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 ...

Supply Chain Opportunities in a Disruptive Trade Environment

The most challenging phase of the US – China trade dispute is going to be felt on Dec 15th when the US is scheduled to implement a 10% tariff on all domestic goods and personal electronics, otherwise known as List 4B. The timing of this announcement could not have been worse for the consumer electronics (CE) sector, which is already facing growth c ...

Big Billion Day Highlights India's CE Retail Transformation

India is in the middle of a digital transformation, fuelled by investment seeking to tap into the digitally hungry growing middle class. The last three years have seen major changes in India’s digital landscape; primarily following Reliance Jio’s aggressive mobile data pricing, lowering connectivity costs to affordable levels and aiding the growth ...

Cisco's Spate of Acquisitions Creates Disruptive Waves Across the Collaborative Tech Market

Cisco, following a spate of collaborative technology acquisitions, has now completed its acquisition of Voicea, a provider of real-time transcription, voice search and meeting highlight software, in a move to expand its WebEx collaboration platform. This acquisition has been finalised at a time when the conferencing market is experiencing a disrupt ...

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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