Paul Erickson

Paul Erickson

Mr. Paul Erickson, senior analyst at IHS Markit, drives connected device research and a range of topics for the broadband intelligence service.

With over 13 years of technology industry experience, Paul’s topical experience has included consumer electronics, pay and broadcast TV, digital content, DVD and Blu-ray Disc, HD broadcasting and services, digital set-top boxes, IPTV, over-the-top video hardware and services, home audio, advanced user interface technologies and digital rights management.

Paul’s current coverage areas include connected devices, over-the-top video hardware, multiscreen delivery and consumption, network audio devices and the evolution of user interface technology within consumer devices. He is part of the team driving connected device research within the Broadband Technology Intelligence service.

Prior to joining IHS Markit, Paul worked as a competitive intelligence and strategy analyst within the enterprise software sector for IBM and Vignette Corporation, as well as served as a consultant on a number of independent projects for Dell, Compaq, Silicon Graphics and AT&T. He was also the director of DVD and HD market research at DisplaySearch, and was featured at the 2009 International CES as an expert panelist speaking at the Blu-ray Disc Association press conference.

Paul has been quoted in a variety of industry publications and news outlets, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, BBC, Reuters, NPR, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, BusinessWeek, Variety, Bloomberg, Wired, Home Media Magazine, PC World, CNET, Stuff, CE Pro and Cable & Satellite International.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Georgetown University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, both in the US. Paul can converse in English, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.


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Apple Announces 5th Gen Apple TV, with 4K and HDR Support - But Price Remains a Competitive Liability
Apple Announces 5th Gen Apple TV, with 4K and HDR Support - But Price Remains a Competitive Liability

At its annual September iPhone launch event, Apple recently unveiled the latest update to its Apple TV product line, the Apple TV 4K. The new model incorporates 3GB of RAM and the iPad Pro’s A10X processor, and is capable of streaming video playback of up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (fps). The new device incorporates double the CPU and quadruple the graphics performance of the preceding model. Along with an update in resolution and power, the new 5th generation Apple TV supports high dynamic range content (HDR) via HDR10 and Dolby Vision support. 4K and HDR content will be available via iTunes, with 4K support for Netflix and Amazon planned for a later date. The product will be priced at $179 and $199 for 32GB and 64GB versions, respectively, and available at retail on September 22nd, 2017. The prior 4th gen Apple TV will remain for sale at the existing price of $149 for the 32GB version.

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Roku Files for $100M IPO; 15 Million Accounts, $42M Loss in 2016, Unsure of Profitability

Roku recently filed for a $100M initial public offering on September 1st, backed by 21st Century Fox, Fidelity, and Menlo Ventures as major shareholders. The company’s stock will list on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol ROKU.

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Apple Announces the HomePod: Will Apple's Bet on the Market's Most Expensive Smart Speaker Pay Off?
Apple Announces the HomePod: Will Apple's Bet on the Market's Most Expensive Smart Speaker Pay Off?

Apple announced its HomePod smart speaker at WWDC 2017, marking its entry into that market as well as its formal manifestation of the concept of an all-Siri voice-controlled smart home in the future. With a 4-inch driver, a beamforming-capable 7-tweeter array, 6-microphone far field voice recognition array, acoustic modeling, multi-channel echo cancellation (useful for calling features undoubtedly to come), software-based distortion reduction, and automatic room adjustments thanks to its microphones, HomePod is thus far the most sophisticated audio product in the smart speaker race. HomePod is slated for December 2017 release in the US, UK, and Australia, at $349 USD.

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