Market Trends

The Internet of Things Will Drive Wireless Connected Devices to 40.9 Billion in 2020

London, UK, August 20, 2014--According to an updated market forecast from ABI Research, the installed base of active wireless connected devices will exceed 16 billion in 2014, about 20% more than in 2013. The number of devices will more than double from the current level, with 40.9 billion forecasted for 2020.

Conditional Access Market Set to Decline as Global Pay-TV Market Begins to Saturate

El Segundo, Calif. , Aug. 20, 2014—The global market for conditional access (CA) technology used in set-top boxes (STBs) is set to contract as pay-TV services reach saturation, according to IHS Technology. Worldwide market revenue for pay-TV STB CA technology will decline to US$ 1.9 billion in 2018, down from a peak of US$ 2.2 billion in 2015.

New NSR Study Projects over 820 UltraHD via Satellite Channels Worldwide by 2025

Wilmington, DE- August 18, 2014 - NSR's newly released UltraHD via Satellite, 2nd Edition, forecasts over 820 channels of UltraHD content via Satellite by 2025. With Direct to Home (DTH) leading the charge, this next generation technology will not only lead to higher ARPUs, but also greater customer retention.

Mobile Devices with 4K Screens Expected to Reach 478 Million Units by 2019

Scottsdale, Ariz., August 15, 2014--Mobile devices with 4K screens expected to reach 478 million unitnits by 2019, but services and content will trail adoption according to ABI Research  2K or “Quad HD” screens currently occupy the premium end of the smartphone market while 2015 will see the launch of 4K/Ultra HD devices.

New TDG Report Finds 4K TV Forecast Overly Optimistic

Plano, Tex., August 14, 2014--Rosy forecasts for consumer use of 4K or Ultra-HD video are overly optimistic, says a new report from TDG. While 4K will ultimately reach the mainstream, it will be a niche market for at least another five years, with widespread viewing of 4K content arriving in 2019 and growing quickly beyond.

Modest Revenue Growth for Commercial FSS Operators in 2013

Paris, France, August 13, 2014--According to Euroconsult's newly released report, "Company Profiles - FSS Operators: The Complete Analysis", the Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) industry generated US$ 12.2 billion in revenues in 2013, corresponding to 2% growth over revenues in 2012. 60% of revenue-generating FSS operators experienced a revenue growth slowdown in 2013 after years of robust growth; ten operators reported a revenue decrease in 2013, compared to only six operators in 2012.

Defying Expectations, Global LCD TV Market Rises in First Half 2014

El Segundo, Calif., Aug. 8, 2014—Liquid-crystal-display television (LCD TV) panels enjoyed unexpected growth in the first half of this year, tied to enthusiastic TV viewing because of the World Cup and other factors that benefited the market, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

OTT Video Services See Opportunity to Differentiate with 1080p and Ultra HD

Scottsdale, Ariz., Aug 7, 2014--​4K or Ultra HD is the future, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint to higher resolutions, according to ABI Research. And while 1080p TV screens are the norm and mobile screen resolutions continue to climb, plenty of streamed HD content is still distributed in 720p or lower. Over-the-top (OTT) services such as Netflix, VUDU, and M-GO, which exclusively distribute content over the Internet, are more eager to embrace 1080p and Ultra HD for connected CE devices in order to appear more innovative.

US Video Entertainment Spending to Peak at US$ 123 Billion in 2015

Dunstable, UK, August 6, 2014--The overall US video entertainment market (subscription Pay-TV, box office, packaged home video, Pay-TV VoD and paid-for online video) continues to grow in low single digits, reaching US$ 120 billion in 2013 - a 2% increase on 2012 - and is on track to peak at US$ 123 billion in 2015, according to the latest industry report from Futuresource Consulting.

Consumer Demand for Cloud DVR Technology: 45% Find It Very Appealing

Dallas, Tex., August 1, 2014--Over 45% of U.S. pay-TV subscribers find cloud DVR technology very appealing, according to new research from Parks Associates. The report Cloud DVR: The New Face of Television notes that consumers show particular interest in unlimited storage space and two-week catch-up services for video. With the Supreme Court omitting cloud DVR in its 2014 Aereo ruling, pay-TV providers can experiment with these cloud services as strategies to build subscriber loyalty and increase revenues.