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British set-top box vendor Amino to acquire US competitor EntoneJuly 30, 2015British set-top box (STB) vendor Amino has conditionally offered to purchase US-based STB vendor Entone for $73 million. Entone generated $43.4 million in revenue for 2014 and claims to have approximately 150 customers worldwide, while Amino posted $56.5 million meaning the combined business’s revenue may reach in excess of $100 million. The deal is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2015.
Technicolor to acquire Cisco’s STB and Broadband CPE businessJuly 30, 2015Technicolor is to acquire Cisco’s Connected Devices division, which generated USD 1.8 billion in sales of set-top boxes (STBs) and broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) in 2014, for USD 600 million in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close in late 2015 or early 2016, and will see Cisco’s STB and CPE products and workforce transferred to Technicolor’s Connected Home business unit, which recorded revenue of just under USD 1.8 billion in 2014. Cisco will retain its cloud and infrastructure solutions for video, which are currently marketed under the Videoscape brand.
Amazon introduces Kindle UnlimitedJuly 21, 2014Amazon, the online retail giant, has launched an eBook subscription offer, Kindle Unlimited. The $9.99 per month service allows customers access to over 600,000 Kindle books and thousands of audiobooks.
DirecTV to offer streaming NFL Sunday Ticket to non-subscribersJuly 18, 2014DirecTV is to begin offering NFLSundayTicket.tv, which will allow non-DirecTV subscribers access to NFL Sunday Ticket via laptops, tablets, smartphones, and gaming consoles.
Netflix goes Ultra High DefinitionApril 09, 2014Netflix has started streaming content in Ultra HD (UHD), branded as Ultra HD 4K. UHD is approximately 4 times the resolution of Full HD. Netflix is streaming UHD content as its highest bandwidth profile at 15.6 Mbps, referenced on Netflix’s in-app player as 2160 HD. UHD streaming has currently only been rolled out for House of Cards season two. The video stream is compressed using next generation h.265/HEVC, therefore requiring both an HEVC decoder, as well as an updated version of Netflix’s client player. Netflix UHD clients are already embedded on UHD TVs offered by LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio.
New developments in productivity tablets: HP Pavilion 11t x360 and Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2April 02, 2014Hewlett-Packard’s latest convertible touchscreen tablet/notebook PC, the HP Pavilion 11T x360 launched on February 26 for $399. The convertible tablet PC features a hinged screen which allows it to fold into laptop mode for use with the attached keyboard or...
Roku announces new HDMI Streaming StickMarch 05, 2014On March 5, 2014 Roku announced the HDMI version of its Roku Streaming Stick, priced at $49.99. The Streaming Stick, while functionally identical to Roku’s OTT set-tops, is offered in the diminutive form of a dongle, and until now, has relied exclusively on the MHL interface to connect to a TV set. This new device is commercially available in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland.
Apple's Q4 2013 iPad Results Analysis: With US market maturing focus is on ChinaJanuary 30, 2014Apple reported its results for calendar quarter Q4 2013, (the first quarter of Apple’s 2014 financial year) with iPad, iPhone and Mac all showing unit and revenue growth year over year (YoY).
PS4 and Xbox One Console Forecasts: Neck and neck at launchNovember 12, 2013PS4 and Xbox One Console Forecasts: Neck and neck at launch During November both Sony and Microsoft will release their new consoles onto the market. With the determination of both companies not to give...
Big Nokia launches for Microsoft's mobile futureOctober 21, 2013Both sets of new handsets are important products for Nokia and Microsoft. The new Asha handsets are a critical holding action against ever cheaper Android smartphones and a way to maintain customers that can later be sold Lumia Windows Phones. The 1520 an
PS4 and Xbox One launch territories announcements impact on hardware forecastsAugust 28, 2013The recent announcements from Microsoft and Sony regarding the final list of launch territories for the Xbox One and PS4 in 2013 impacts our sales forecasts for hardware and software, in general...Subscribers Only
Nintendo 2DS Launch Makes Commercial SenseAugust 27, 20132DS Launch Makes Commercial Sense The launch of the 2DS makes commercial sense. IHS believes that the market for dedicated handhelds is narrowing, but with younger handheld gamers less likely to overlap...Subscribers Only
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Arris to acquire Motorola Home division from GoogleDecember 20, 2012US network equipment maker Arris has won a bid to acquire Motorola Home from Google for $2.35b. The Home division is part of the Motorola Mobility business that Google took control of in May 2012 for $12.5b,...
Pace looking past set-top boxes with Motorola acquisitionDecember 19, 2012UK set-top box vendor Pace has submitted a non-binding bid to acquire Google's Motorola Home business unit. Motorola Home encompasses the division of Motorola that manufacturers STBs, IPTV distribution...
Apple takes wrong turn with MapsSeptember 25, 2012Apple’s Maps application starts off on the wrong foot – the app's icon indicates a left turn off the side of a bridge on to Interstate 280! There are numerous issues with the product's performance. For the first time, both Android and Windows Phone have a...
Dark days for RIM with further losses likelyApril 01, 2012Blackberry maker RIM reported its fourth quarter results, featuring its first quarterly loss in nearly nine years. Revenue dropped 19 per cent from the previous quarter to $4.19bn and led to a $125m net loss....
LG and Unity Technology partner for smart TV gamingMarch 07, 2012On the heels of LG's announcement at CES that it is partnering with Gaikai for streaming game demos, the CE giant also made a deal with game technology maker Unity Technologies to carry Union games on LG TVs....