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Could Esports Fill the Sporting Calendar Void?

(Inside CI - 20/03/2020)

As the traditional sporting calendar contends with cancellations and postponements across the board, and large social gatherings indoors and out discouraged, could esports fill the competitive void?

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Disney+ Will Quickly be Europe's #3 SVoD

(Advanced Television - 20/03/2020)

Disney+ is set to quickly become the third largest SVoD service in Europe, following its 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.

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Harmony OS: More Than Merely an Android Replacement

(Telecom TV - 20/03/2020)

Huawei’s Harmony OS has been profiled as a hedge against Huawei being left out in the Android cold as part of the US trade dispute with China, and Huawei’s alleged spying ambitions via its increasingly dominant position in telecoms network infrastructure.

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Service Stacking Becoming the Norm, with 70% of Users Willing to Add New Subscriptions

(Digital TV Europe- 18/03/2020)

While the introduction of new streamers from major Hollywood players has led to speculation that fatigue will set in, users are more engaged with OTT platforms than ever with service stacking becoming the norm.

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Smart Homes for the Masses

(Twice - 18/03/2020)

We all have a friend that is first to invest in the latest tech gadget, but the exponential growth in new, innovative products across the smart home sector — from smart toilets and kettles, to smart litter bins and curtains — has left many a technophile checking their bank balance.

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Chinese Video Wall Companies Weigh Up Business Options in US-China Trade War

(The Seoul Times - 23/09/2019)

The global LED videowall market achieved revenues of $5.7 billion last year, with year-on-year double digit growth expected out to 2023, according to a new worldwide industry report from Futuresource Consulting. As the U.S.-China trade war intensifies and political indications suggest a continuing period of punitive tariffs, Chinese companies are exploring ways to accelerate their expansion into Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America...

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8K Live Underlines BT Sport's Ambition

(CSI - 15/09/2019)

An 8K TV commercial launch is not imminent but BT Sport’s showcase of a 8K broadcast of a rugby sevens match in the UK does more than just cement its position as Europe’s, if not the world’s, most technically progressive broadcaster. “We want to produce at the highest quality. We have tested 8K and when the kit rolls out we will be ready,” said COO Jamie Hindhaugh at IBC...

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How Will the US Tariffs on Chinese Imports Affect the LED Market?

(Rave Publications - 22/08/2019)

The global LED videowall market achieved revenues of $5.7 billion last year, with year-on-year double digit growth expected out to 2023, according to a new worldwide industry report from Futuresource Consulting. As the U.S.-China trade war intensifies and political indications suggest a continuing period of punitive tariffs, Chinese companies are exploring ways to accelerate their expansion into Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America...

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Competency-Based Learning Vs Traditional Models

(Education Technology - 20/08/2019)

For some years, the state of education in the UK and how it prepares students for the world of work has been a hot topic among politicians, employers and the general public. Skills shortages in sectors such as engineering and technology, combined with a rapidly changing job market, have raised the question of whether current teaching methods are...

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The State of Spatial Sound

(IBC 365 - 09/08/2019)

Advances in technology and new media devices are bringing premium features like immersive audio to a wider audience. Kevin Hilton looks at how market leader Dolby Atmos got to this point and the current state of the spatial sound market...

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What Does Fortnite's $3 Million Prize Mean for the Future of Esports?

(TheFuture.TV - 05/08/2019)

In the wake of last weekend’s Fortnite World Cup event, which culminated in 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf taking the $3 million prize, esports is edging ever-closer to the mass market. And as FIFA’s eWorld Cup prepares for launch in a few days’ times, Futuresource Consulting’s Morris Garrard, Research Analyst explores the projections and provides expert analysis for this rising phenomenon...

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Amazon Prime Day has Ended - Futuresource Explains How its Daily Price Tracking Service Witnessed the Greatest Online Event of Projector Deals Yet

(Retail Technology Review - 23/07/2019)

When people think of Amazon Prime Day, home projection may not be the first tech category that comes to mind but the etailer, online retail in general in fact, has grown to become a key channel for projector sales. Worldwide dedicated home projector sales grew 15% globally in 2018 (excluding Screenless TV in China), as outlined in Futuresources’s ‘Worldwide Quarterly Front Projection Tracker'...

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Current Smart Speaker Consumers Value Sound Quality

(Audio Xpress - 22/07/2019)

Apparently Apple got it right. Once again. As smart speaker adoption continues to climb, more than half of existing owners would like to have a smart speaker with better sound quality than their current device, while a similar number would pay more for it. That’s one of the findings from the new “Audio Tech Lifestyles” consumer survey from Futuresource Consulting, conducted in the USA, UK, Germany, Japan and China...

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BritBox Launch Will Pile More Pressure on Netflix

(Streaming Media Europe - 19/07/2019)

BritBox, the "Best of British" SVOD from ITV and the BBC, will launch in the UK by the end of 2019 as a last-ditch attempt for the broadcasters to mine their extensive back catalogue—but it could be too little too late. With more than 10 million UK subs Netflix has a massive head start...

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ITV, BBC Set Price and Fourth-Quarter Launch for Streaming Service BritBox in UK

(The Hollywood Reporter - 19/07/2019)

ITV and the BBC on Friday said they have finalized an agreement to launch the streaming service BritBox in the U.K. in the fourth quarter and unveiled details of its pricing and ownership structure. BritBox is already available in the U.S. and Canada, and ITV and the BBC earlier this year announced plans for a U.K. launch pending a formal agreement...

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Another View on Biamp Buying Community and Apart Speaker Brands

(Rave Publication - 19/07/2019)

Yet further consolidation has hit the professional audio markets, with Biamp’s acquisition of the Community and Apart loudspeaker brands. This follows a consolidation trend which Futuresource has being reporting on for some time, with pro audio moving further away from the independent, family-run industry it once was. This announcement...

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UK CE Markets Looks Set to Fend Off Brexit Uncertainty

(Advanced Television - 18/07/2019)

The UK consumer electronics (CE) retail market generated £19.2 billion (€21.3bn) in 2018, with further growth of 4 per cent expected this year, even with the economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit, according to a forthcoming report from Futuresource Consulting....

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Global Media Groups Seek Control Over the Content Value Chain

(Videonet - 17/07/2019)

As if it needed underlining, the recent announcements that Netflix is moving into Shepperton Studios and Sky is creating a new Europe-wide development and production capability called Sky Studios demonstrate that we are in the midst of a golden age of TV content production. These moves also indicate a rethink...

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Google Contractors Listen to Recordings of People Using Virtual Assistant

(Barron's - 11/07/2019)

Google said contractors are listening to customer audio recorded by the company’s virtual assistant, a disclosure prompted by a media report that adds to privacy concerns associated with the technology. Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS said in a report this week that theAlphabet Inc. unit employs contractors around the globe to listen to some recordings of conversations...

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HBO Max Joins Multi-Billion-Dollar Content Battle

(Streaming Media - 10/07/2019)

WarnerMedia's announced that its premium direct-to-consumer (DTC) service will be called HBO Max when it debuts next spring, but will it have the content to attract and retain subscribers?

That's the multi-billion-dollar question facing not just WarnerMedia parent company AT&T...

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Tech Tent: Let the 5G Battle Commence

(BBC News - 05/04/2019)

The 5G era has finally begun. Both the United States and South Korea claim they have won the race to launch the first commercial next-generation mobile network. On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we assess those claims and ask how important it is to be first with this technology.

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What to Expect at NAB 2019

(AVNetwork - 04/04/2019)

NAB Show opens its doors in just a few days’ time, showcasing the tech behind what the broadcast industry creates and how the world consumes. So, here’s a sneak peek at what Futuresource Consulting expects will be the key topics and trends to emerge from this major event for media, entertainment, and technology professionals.

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AI's Rise...and Impact on Broadcast and Production

(Radio + Television Business Report - 03/04/2019)

The world of broadcast and production can be a minefield of contradictory challenges, notes Futuresource Consulting. Reduce bit rates, but maintain visual quality; apply precise subtitles, but broadcast in real time; create highlight content, but transmit it immediately after the main event.

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Should Google, Amazon and Facebook fear this Woman?

(BBC News - 29/03/2019)

US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren says she'd consider dismantling the tech giants should she ever get the top job. But is this really necessary or even possible? A growing chorus of people think the big beasts of the tech world - Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon - are getting too big for their boots and should be dismantled.

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How Dutch Educators use Chromebooks to Transform Classrooms

(Google Blog, Grainne Rietveld - Head of Northern Europe, Google for Education - 27/03/2019)

When I first moved to Amsterdam in 2014, there were a small number of passionate educators using Google tools to shape digital teaching and learning. Schools like Corlaer College, a secondary school in Nijkerk, were already working with Chromebooks at the time.

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Google is Winning in Education, but Apple and Microsoft are Battling for Market Share

(CNBC - 20/03/2019)

Google, Microsoft and Apple are battling for dominance in classrooms. They all want their devices in the hands of the next generation of consumers. The U.S. education-tech market is expected to hit $43 billion this year...

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Set-Top Shipments to Grow 1% in 2019

(Digital TV Europe - 20/03/2019)

Shipments of set-top boxes (STBs) and media streamers are expected to grow 1% globally in 2019 following a period of “market stagnation,” according to Futuresource Consulting.

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Is Higher Ed Ready for the Tech Expectations of the Teens of 2022?

(Ed Surge - 13/03/2019)

One overused catchphrase in education is that learning should be “student-centred.” But what if we took that to its logical conclusion and also made it the goal of our education technology predictions?

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Futuresource Finds Adoption of Voice Assistants Continues to Grow and Expand

(KNX Today - 08/03/2019)

The recent uptake and demand for devices featuring voice assistants has continued to surge, according to findings from Futuresource Consulting’s new Voice Assistants in Home Electronics market report. Futuresource’s latest findings for home CE with voice assistants ‘built in’ showed 119 million devices were shipped worldwide in 2018.

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How Harman International is Reshaping the Audio Landscape

(Gigabit - 07/03/2019)

From connected car technologies to trailblazing audio systems, HARMAN International is riding the tailwinds of the latest audio boom. We sit down with Michael Mauser, Executive Vice President and President of the Lifestyle Audio Division, to find out more about the illustrious brand…

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Smart Appliances on Track for 36% Global Growth by 2023

(CE Pro - 06/03/2019)

Good news CE pros: smart appliances are on the rise, and they might be the perfect thing to start pitching to homeowners! In the wake of CES, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), and the International Builder's Show (IBS), Futuresource Consulting reports a significant boost in consumer interest in smart appliances when compared to a few years ago.

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Your 5G Guide: Will we all Benefit from Super-Quick Mobile Internet?

(New Scientist - 06/03/2019)

I want 5G… in the United States as soon as possible,” Donald Trump tweeted recently. The US president isn’t the only one buying into the hype around the fifth generation of wireless technology. At last week’s mobile technology event MWC Barcelona

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Interactive Flat Panel Sales on a Continued Growth Pattern

(Commercial Integrator - 06/03/2019)

A new study from Futuresource estimates global interactive flat panel sales increased 39 percent in 2018, particularly in the corporate market. Futuresource says interactive flat panel display (IFPDs) products remain popular in the education and corporate markets and will remain popular for the immediate future.

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Interactive Display Market Boomed in 2018

(AV Network - 05/03/2019)

Interactive Flat Panel Displays (IFPDs) continued to be a considerable success in 2018 in the education and corporate markets. By Q4, 83 percent of all interactive display sales were IFPDs, increasing from 73 percent last year, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting.

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Foldable Phone 2019? No, This won't be the Year of the Folding Smartphone

(Verdict - 27/02/2019)

Despite the hype surrounding 5G technology, next-generation mobile networks have been overshadowed at the Mobile World Congress 2019 by foldable phones. The announcement of Samsung’s anticipated foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, at its recent Unpacked launch event came just ahead of Huawei’s Mate X.

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Netflix's Mexican SVoD Dominance Under Challenge

(Advanced Television - 27/02/2019)

The Mexican video entertainment market saw steady 2 per cent growth in 2018. However, this doesn’t fully reflect the structural changes in the wider video landscape, according to the latest Video Insights report from Futuresource Consulting...

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Streaming Killed the Video Star, but is Netflix Ruining the Viewing Process too?

(The National - 26/02/2019)

When one of the world’s biggest consumer electronics companies halts the manufacture of a product after more than 20 years, you know there’s a cultural shift afoot. Samsung’s announcement last week that it is commencing an exit from the Blu-ray player market may well sound the death knell for DVD and Blu-ray, consigning those formats to the same waste heap as laser-discs, cassettes, minidiscs and VHS...

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DSLRs and Mirrorless Camera Products Accounted for 56% of the UK Pro Video Camera Market in 2018

(Film, Video and Virtual Reality - 22/02/2019)

This makes for interesting reading …

Professional video acquisition is continuing to evolve, as DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are poised to dominate the market. In volume terms, these ‘convergent’ products accounted for 56% of the pro video camera UK market (including pro camcorders, but excluding high end digital cinema cameras) in 2018, according to a new industry report from Futuresource Consulting.

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Brazil Bounces Back in Home Video Market

(Rapid TV News - 21/02/2019)

After a very challenging 2018 which saw significant falls in consumer spend, Brazil’s video entertainment market is now showing pockets of growth and a path to recovery according to a new video insights report from Futuresource Consulting.

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Report Finds Home Audio Sales Rose 21% in 2018

(CE Pro - 08/02/2019)

Home audio products are surging in popularity, with sales growing 21 percent in 2018 and global revenues approaching nearly $15 billion, according to Futuresource Consulting. Attributing the home audio market's growth to a couple of key product categories—smart speakers and soundbars—Futuresource says entry-level smart speakers from companies such as Amazon and Google, as well as an array of Chinese products, are forcing the prices of smart speakers down an estimated 12 percent.

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5G: Marketing Hype or Commercial Reality?

(Advanced Television - 07/02/2019)

With the Mobile World Congress 2019 show only weeks away, many handset vendors will release details of their first 5G smartphones, notes Futuresource Consulting. Conversely, most operators are only just embarking upon roll out of their 5G services in each region.

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To Bezel or Notch to Bezel - The Evolution of Smartphones

(FutureFive - 05/02/2019)

Futuresource Consulting has released its perspective of the major trends that drove the smartphone market in 2018 noting that despite the increasing homogeneity of smartphones, flagship vendors continued to differentiate themselves from one another through some clever engineering.

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Esports Revenue Set to Triple

(Rapid TV News - 01/02/2019)

The eSports phenomenon continues to gain momentum with the segment expected to reach more than $1 billion in revenue this year, comprising games publishers’ revenues, media rights, event ticket sales and merchandise, advertising and sponsorship.

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