Access and Entertainment

Having seen a fair few products and services at CES 2018, one technology stood out to me as being particularly interesting from a consumer standpoint: cloud computing services for the consumer. Two companies in particular were showing off this technology on the show floor, NVIDIA and a smaller company called Shadow. These companies charge consumers a monthly fee to stream the processing power of a high-end PC to any broadband-connected computer, the selling point being that once you...
Another day of meetings and discovery at CES 2018. Here are a few additional thoughts on what I have seen at the show on day two. 8K is moving closer to reality. Yes. I understand. 4K is just gaining a foothold in the market, and HDR provides a visual pop at retail that may be more compelling than 4K alone. Yet, new 8K-based products are in evidence, with several slated for public release later this year. Samsung’s massive 146-inch “The Wall” TV (which is actually modular...
 
by Brett Sappington | Jan. 11, 2018
Tags: 4K, CES, connected CE, Google, operator, pay TV

The Consumer Electronics Show has become such a staple in the life of analysts and the consumer technology industry, I actually now find myself surprised that the dates for CES are not pre-printed on calendars, much like Presidents Day or Groundhog Day. CES veterans often the same dueling anticipations - new discoveries vs. travel hassles and big crowds. Ultimately, the hope of the former overshadows the dread of the latter, and we visit the booths, presentations, press events, and...
 
by Brett Sappington | Jan. 10, 2018
Tags: none
Speaking from an entertainment focus at CES, nearly everyone I met with talked about being able to provide a single, unified interface for all the video products and services that consumers are using. And when you think about it, it makes complete sense why that is such a big deal. We have reached the point where using two or more video services is becoming the norm rather than the exception to a rule, and because users have to sort through the several different services they use to...

OTT video is reshaping the U.S. entertainment marketplace—Parks Associates research shows nearly two-thirds of U.S. broadband households have an OTT service, and one-third have more than one subscription. This growing trend is increasing demand on home and mobile networks as consumers spend more bandwidth streaming media on their televisions, tablets, and phones. In the infographic below, Parks Associates highlights how online video consumption is impacting broadband speeds across...
 
Crunchyroll is partnering with Twitch.tv to offer a 6-day Crunchyroll marathon on the gaming-focused live streaming platform. The marathon started today on July 27, and it will run back-to-back episodes of entire series 24 hours a day for nearly 20 different anime hits. The episodes are free to watch on Twitch.tv, containing ads unless viewers are Twitch Prime subscribers (either purchased separately or as an added benefit of being an Amazon Prime subscriber). Viewers...

Parks Associates research shows that more than 63 million U.S. broadband households subscribe to an OTT video service , and 36% of U.S. broadband households have at least one streaming media player. OTT services have allocated substantial portions of their marketing efforts to enforce their positions in the mainstream market. Hulu and Netflix used Super Bowl LI to capture the large audiences to promote their original content, while Amazon and Netflix were awarded for their efforts...
 
by Parks Associates | Jun. 26, 2017
Tags: CONNECTIONS, OTT, pay TV, streaming
As reported by the Wall Street Journal  Sunday and confirmed by Comcast and Charter press releases yesterday, the two cable giants have entered into an agreement to work together as they each enter the highly competitive wireless communications industry. From an operational and competitive standpoint, the partnership makes good sense. While both have extensive Wi-Fi networks, Comcast and Charter are newbies in the cellular world. Thus, any efforts to create greater...


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