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Paul Erickson | October 02, 2015
Amazon recently announced that it would be dropping Google’s Chromecast and the Apple TV from its online store due to both players offering a sub-optimal experience for watching Amazon content, according to statements by the company. Specifically, the company cited the lack of support for watching Amazon Prime Video. No new listings for either product would be allowed, and listings for existing inventory would be removed by October 29th, 2015.
Paul Erickson | October 02, 2015
Google recently announced the Chromecast Audio alongside the new version of its popular Chromecast streaming media dongle. Chromecast Audio differs in being an audio-only device, with a higher quality DAC and a 3.5mm audio output. A 3.5mm cable is packaged with the device, but the device's output is compatible with 3.5mm adapters for both RCA analog and digital optical output. The device enables Wi-Fi-based music playback, allowing compatible apps to "cast" music to it similar to the video casting traditionally done with the Chromecast. While multi-room control and playback is not currently supported, Google announced that it would be enabled within a few months. Chromecast Audio is compatible with all audio applications currently supporting the Google Cast standard, including Spotify, Pandora, Rdio, TuneIn, and more. The device is priced similar to the regular Chromecast at $35, with immediate US availability and international availability expected by the end of October / early November 2015.

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  • Hisakazu Torii | August 04, 2015
    Japanese TV brands have gradually been losing market share in TV markets around the world over the few years. This has forced many to re-evaluate their business models and pursue licensing deals with other manufacturers, and move away from TV manufacturing. The latest in this line of Japanese TV brands are Toshiba and Sharp, as highlighted in this presentation.
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  • Jeff Lin | July 24, 2015
    Worldwide Mobile PC shipments are expected to be 403 million units by the end of the year, down from last quarter’s forecast of 424 million units. This was primarily due to weaker than expected demand in Q1-15, along with a downward revision of expectations for Notebook PC replacement demand from the introduction of Windows 10.
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  • Tom Morrod | July 22, 2015
    What are the key technologies and the differences in the Asian pay TV market? This presentation demonstrates the differences between developed and developing pay TV markets by exploring the future of pay TV in Asia. Operators, OTT providers and content owners are increasingly looking towards key technologies like UHD, multicast IP transmission and LTE video, edge caching and predictive analytics and content recommendation in order to drive video consumption as the number of connected devices in the region grows.
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  • Icon Director, Connected Home
    Daniel Simmons plays an integral role in developing the company’s TV Technology Intelligence service. His knowledge base is centered on customer premises equipment markets such as set-top boxes, television sets, conditional access and middleware.
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    Rhoda Alexander has been covering the displays industry for more than 20 years. She is widely regarded as being the leading, independent analyst for desktop and specialty monitors, and her clients include virtually every major company in the monitor value chain.
  • Icon Senior Director, Consumer Electronics
    Tom Morrod is the senior director for TV and broadcast technology at IHS. Tom is responsible for all research across TV sets and consumer electronics, set-top boxes, pay TV networks, professional video technology, video distribution, technical service delivery employed by service providers and video consumer electronics.
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