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Paul Erickson | September 04, 2015
Several new audio products were announced recently during the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, covering several product segments. More AV Receivers Supporting Object-based Surround Released Marantz and Pioneer were among those to announce new receivers supporting Dolby Atmos and DTS:X advanced object-based surround sound standards. Pioneer announced three new Elite AV receivers supporting Dolby Atmos, firmware-upgradeable to DTS:X. Marantz announced two receivers supporting both standards out of the box. Both companies’ new receivers support HDMI 2.0, AirPlay, DLNA, 4K, Spotify Connect and other now-standard features for the high end connected AV receiver segment. Samsung Expands its Multi-room Speaker Line Samsung continued its quest to make its name in home audio, and take on Sonos in the process, by announcing and displaying new models in its Radiant / Wireless Audio 360 line of omnidirectional high-style connected speakers. The R1, R3, and R5 join the R6 and R7 announced earlier in January at the 2015 CES. All three models provide 360-degree sound, capacitive physical controls on the top of each unit, and control via Samsung’s multi-room audio app on Android, iOS, and Samsung Gear S. Prices range from $199 to $399, with availability in Q4 2015. Wireless Headphones and Earbuds Continue to Grow in Focus Meanwhile, as Beats’ revenue-generation success in the premium headphone market continues, many competitors continue their quest to capture share within the same growing segment, with particular focus on wireless models. Parrot introduced the Philippe Starck-designed Zik 3 Bluetooth and NFC-equipped wireless headphones. The pair is unique due to its Qi-compatible wireless charging capability , capacitive touch panel-based control, and soundscape and noise cancellation control via mobile app. Pricing was not announced. Bose’s SoundLink Wireless II Bluetooth headphones were also announced, with a $279 price, active equalization, NFC-based pairing, and quick charging functionality. Onkyo launched its W800BT wireless earbuds, notable for a full wireless implementation – the set needs no tether, band, or connection between its two separate earbuds. One of the first actual full-wireless earbuds available, the set utilizes Bluetooth 4.1 and has a claimed 12-hour battery life for music playback. The W800BT is slated to ship in November 2015 for €299.99. Ultra HD Blu-ray Hardware Shown Samsung announced the UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, with a curved design matching its curved UHD TVs and support for HEVC, 3D, HDMI 2.0a, and HDR. No pricing or release date details are currently available.

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  • Merrick Kingston | August 21, 2015
    The Broadband Technology market monitor provides a holistic view of major trends across the connected device and OTT media-and-technology landscape
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  • Daniel Simmons | August 18, 2015
    Global set-top box shipments will grow 4.3% to 302.8M units in 2015. The value of the industry will grow to 20.6B (0.79%), due to market saturation mainly in pay TV and price erosion. Shipment growth will peak in 2017 in line with digitisation plans, however revenue will decline as price competition and digitisation exacerbates the slowing growth in pay TV. Connectable STBs are set to grow during the forecast period and UHD may bolster revenue more significantly beyond it.
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  • Horse Liu | August 17, 2015
    China’s white goods markets are characterized by maturity with lower or negative growth ratio in unit shipments. Domestic markets will grow slightly in unit shipments and export segments will fluctuate over the next five years. Fortunately, high-end and diversified white goods markets will grow rapidly. Makers have opportunities to increase sales revenue and to improve profit performance through expanding market share within...
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  • Przemek Bozek | September 04, 2015
    The Media landscape is changing and equipment manufacturers must adapt to new circumstances. There is a general trend to outsource services or use cloud to cut down own cost. Many media companies are still uncertain about own needs in this fast-changing environment. IHS Professional Video Intelligence offers a product that can be used as guidance to the new world. It doesn't focus on one area but it encompasses forty separate products into one subscription. This workbook contains data on the equipment side of the industry.
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    The Desktop Monitor Market Tracker is a single, comprehensive resource that provides indispensable coverage of CRT, LCD, All-in-One and AMOLED desktop monitor markets and supply chain. Backed by a global team of analysts it offers the most detailed, reliable coverage in the industry.
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  • Przemek Bozek | September 03, 2015
    The media processing managed service workbook looks at the market for third-party provisioned Media Asset Management and Linear Playout for media companies. As equipment-based revenue growth has slowed down in recent years, and as broadcasters/operators look to centralise and optimise efficiency of content creation, processing and distribution, the outsourcing of such services to third-parties has become increasingly prevalent.
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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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