Cloud music services will reach 191 million subs

Fans of recorded music that are already paying for on-demand streaming services will total 29 million people worldwide at the end of 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Accounting for 32 percent of the premium music service subscribers, Spotify is expected to close the year as the leader -- trailed by Deezer, SK Telecom’s MelOn, and rounded out by Rhapsody and Sony. Moreover, the high-growth cloud music services subscriber base is forecasted to reach 191 million by the end of...

By David H. Deans, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Research.

PirateBrowser sails around ISP’s barricades, but is it actually safe?

The Pirate Bay ship has decided it will not be sunk by any of the legal battles it’s found itself in, and instead is continuing their illicit activities from the comfort of the Spanish and Norway seas (or skies as the cloud-based service may be.)

Whilst (currently) out of reach by the courts, it hasn’t stopped legislation such as that implemented in the UK which requires ISPs to block access to the file-sharing website.

As always with the pirates, they’ve found a way to step ahead –...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Government, Networks, Piracy.

For telcos, shared data plans are difficult to devise and market

Nicole McCormick, Senior Analyst, Industry, Communications, and Broadband

Numerous telcos are examining when and how to bring shared data plans to market. However, with the exception of consumers in the US, the notion of multiple subscribers sharing a single data allowance is completely alien to most mobile customers. In fact, the concept of sharing data either by the “connected person” or the “connected household” has even proven difficult to get across to some telco...

By Ovum Research, 05 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Content, Networks, Operators.

Google’s Chromecast disrupts everything on TV

The genius minds over at Google have just secured themselves an unstoppable force in the TV entertainment market; making a streaming device so well-priced everyone wants one – sometimes even multiple for every HDMI port in their home.

If you haven’t heard, Google’s Chromecast is a dongle which allows applications such as Netflix and YouTube to be streamed on any screen with a HDMI port.

You may be thinking,”ok, cool, but how does this disrupt everything?

First let’s take into account...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Google, Industry, IPTV, Smartphones.

Are models such as Spotify’s and Netflix’s viable for creators?

Almost a week ago, Thom Yorke – lead singer of Radiohead – pulled his music from Spotify in a protest about how much the music-streaming service pays artists (conveniently launching a service “mere days” after.)

But let’s play a quick game, try and guess the answer. Do creators get paid less for having their work on platforms...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry.

China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)

Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.

Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.

This places...

Alcatel-Lucent gets the record for fastest undersea data transmission

Transoceanic data is a big business which may be about to be sped up thanks to a team’s research at Alcatel-Lucent’s campus near Paris, who have broke the world record for fastest undersea data transmission.

Researchers at the site from Bell Labs sent data at speeds of 31 Terabits-per-second (Tbps) along 7200km; three times faster than previous commercially-available cables.

This was achieved over a span of 100km (the distance between amplifiers.)

Philippe Keryer, Chief Strategy & Innovation...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cabling, Content, Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Telematics.

Apple is bidding for the Kinect motion peripheral

Ok, so that may have been a slightly misleading headline; Apple is bidding for the company which designed and created the original Kinect device used first in Microsoft’s Xbox console - PrimeSense.

The Israeli-based firm will also be providing chips and designs for the upcoming Xbox One, and has gained $85 million in venture capital funding.

Apple, however, is expected to bid between the region of $280 and $300 million to acquire the company and its technology.

This would put the company at an advantage over...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Consumers, Content, Devices, Entertainment, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones, Smart TV.

Connected TV apps and services market to hit $14 billion by 2017

The connected TV apps and services market is expected to explode in the next five years as new app frameworks in smart TVs, net-tops (i.e. Apple TV, Roku), Blu-ray devices and game consoles serve as the foundation for a new TV app economy. NextMarket Insights forecasts the US TV app economy to reach $14 billion by 2017, up from under $4.5 billion in 2012.

“The growth of app-delivered subscriptions, virtual pay-TV bundles, advertising, premium apps, in-app purchases, transactional content and digital to...

By Otilia Otlacan, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Industry, Marketing.

Ericsson bolsters its media content with Red Bee acquisition

Swedish technology provider Ericsson announced its intention to acquire media services company Red Bee Media for a yet undisclosed sum.

Whilst still a very much relevant vendor of telecommunications and networking equipment, media services has never been a field of Ericsson’s. This was left somewhat down to joint venture with Sony; in aptly-named Sony Ericsson, until the companies separated last year.

Quite how Ericsson plans to use the expansion, or for how much they were willing to pay, is not yet...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, Mobile, Operators, Smart TV.