Social Networking Gaining Popularity Among Elderly

An ongoing research project has been studying online adults’ social networking site use since 2005, and reports substantial growth since its inception. Today, 72% of online adults use social networking sites. Although younger adults continue to be the most likely social media users, one of the more striking stories about the social networking population has been the growth among older internet users in recent years. Those ages 65 and older have roughly tripled their presence on social networking sites in the last four years—from 13% in the spring of 2009 to 43% now. Moreover, the percentage of Internet users who are on Twitter has more than doubled since November 2010, currently standing at 18%. Internet users ages 18-29 are the most likely to use Twitter—30% of them now do so.

For additional coverage, see http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/social-networking-sites.aspx

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Paid Music Streaming Service Use to Mushroom in Next Five Years

Consumers paying for on-demand music streaming services will total 29 million worldwide at the end of 2013, reports new forecasting research. The study goes on to predict that Spotify, which accounts for 32% of the premium subscribers, is expected to close the year as the leader in this space, trailed by Deezer, SK Telecom’s MelOn, Rhapsody, and Sony. The subscriber base is forecast to reach 191 million by end-2018. The past two years have seen a remarkable international expansion of streaming as a distribution model, the report notes, predicting that at end-2013, the cumulative revenue from premium subscriptions will amount to less than $5 billion, but growth is expected to exceed $46 billion within the next five years.

For more, go to http://www.abiresearch.com/press/spotify-to-hold-32-of-29-mil-music-streaming-subsc

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Tablet Competition Heats up at Both Low and High Ends

Competition among Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and Microsoft has lowered price points on tablets and helped expand adoption, with 48% of U.S. broadband households owning at least one, according to new research. Tablet ownership increased by nearly 33% in one year, with 22% of households reporting a tablet purchase, while only 7% purchased an e-reader in 2012, down from 9% in 2011. The report predicts that growth will continue as OEMs release more tablets aimed at the high and low ends of the tablet market. Amazon has expanded the low end of the tablet market with the Kindle Fire, whereas Microsoft is making a credible push at the higher end. This will mean better options for consumers shopping for top-of-the-line tablets.

For more content, go to http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/pr-jul2013-tablets

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Interest in Digital Health Services Expands

Recently published digital health research finds that over 50% of U.S. broadband households with access to online services such as prescription refills, real-time video calls with a doctor, or appointments use these services. Demand for additional services is also high, with nearly 20% of U.S. broadband households, or over 17 million households, interested in a live chat service with health experts. In addition, 13% are interested in virtual tools to manage medications, and 15% are interested in post-surgery virtual monitoring. The virtual healthcare market is still in its early stages, with 56% of U.S. broadband households without or unaware of online healthcare services available to them, but consumer interest in online healthcare services continues to grow.

For further coverage, see http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/july2013-mhealth

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Telecom/Datacom Market Expected to Thrive

A new report covering the health of the telecom/datacom market, notes that while there is tremendous uncertainty about the health of the global economy and prospects for economic growth in the short term, the market is on track to grow annually through 2017, driven by major network transformations. Asia Pacific took the lead in telecom and datacom equipment spending in 2012, and the region is expected to continue leading at least for the next five years, contributing more than a third of global spending through 2017. The report also indicates that following a recession-induced drop in 2009, the global telecom/datacom equipment and software market grew 19% in 2010, 7% in 2011, and held steady in 2012 at $172 billion.

For additional content, see http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/Telecom-and-Datacom-Equipment-and-Software-Highlights.asp

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Tech Advertising Jumps in Q1 2013

In the never-ending battle to gain market share and stand out as the “it” gadget of our time, technology advertisers are employing more aggressive tactics to convince consumers that they offer the fastest, smartest and most intuitive devices on the market. In 2013, a new report indicates, these advertisers paid a premium for the attention: tech ad spending in the U.S. jumped to $723 million in Q1, up a whopping 30% from Q1 2012. This increase is especially noteworthy when compared with advertising totals across all industries, which actually declined 1% over the same period. The technology industry hasn’t seen a first-quarter jump of this magnitude in several years—especially not when advertisers are exercising restraint in most other industries. But it speaks to a larger, recent trend of consumers’ willingness to adopt new technologies, and advertisers are making sure they don’t miss an opportunity to connect with potential customers.

For more, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/tech-boom–technology-ad-spend-soars-in-q1.html

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Discretionary Income Rises in North America

More North Americans had discretionary income in the second quarter than they did at the start of 2013, according to the results of a new survey. One-fifth (21%) of North Americans reported having no spare cash, which was an improvement from the 26% reported in the first quarter. With more discretionary income to spend, North Americans loosened the reins on their actions to save on household expenses, albeit cautiously. Declining 4% from the first quarter, fewer North American respondents said they saved on gas and electricity (55%), out-of-home entertainment (52%) and vacation (29%) expenses. Less than half (49%) said they were switching to cheaper grocery brands, a decline of 5% from three months ago. Fewer respondents also cut down on take-away meals (47%) and delayed replacing major household items (28%).

For additional content, see http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/belt-tightening-measures-loosened-in-north-america-in-q2.html

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Tablets Sales to Dwarf Notebook Sales Through 2017

Shipments of tablet PCs are expected to reach nearly 364 million worldwide in 2014, more than doubling the projected 177 million shipments of standard notebook PC and ultra-slim PCs, reports new research. The study goes on to reveal that tablet PC shipments will continue to increase across all regions, particularly in emerging markets, as notebook PC shipments decline through 2017. Tablet PC shipments are projected to reach 589 million by 2017, while notebook PC and ultra-slim PC are forecast at 176 million. The PC market is clearly shifting away from notebooks and toward tablets, and supply chain indications reveal that previously planned production of notebook PCs is being pulled back due to declining adoption and that brands are gradually increasing the number of tablet PC models in their product mixes.

For more content, go to http://www.displaysearch.com/cps/rde/xchg/displaysearch/hs.xsl/130730_shipments_of_tablet_pcs_expected_to_more_than_double_those_of_notebook_pcs.asp

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Domestic Consumption of Online Video Skyrockets

According to a newly available report, 183 million Americans watched more than 44 billion online content videos in June 2013, while the number of video ad views surpassed 20 billion. Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at YouTube.com, ranked as the top online video content property in June with 158.3 million unique viewers, followed by Facebook with 61.6 million, AOL with 51 million, VEVO with 49.3 million, and Microsoft Sites with 46.8 million. Google Sites also generated the highest number of video content views, with nearly 15.7 billion. Time spent watching video ads totaled 7.5 billion minutes, with BrightRoll Platform delivering the highest duration of video ads at 1.2 billion minutes. Video ads reached nearly 54% of the total U.S. population an average of 121 times during the month. Hulu delivered the highest frequency of video ads to its viewers with an average of 73.

For additional information, see http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press_Releases/2013/7/comScore_Releases_June_2013_U.S._Online_Video_Rankings

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Second Screen Watching Gains in Popularity

According to new research, 88% of tablet PC owners and 82% of smartphone owners in 15 countries surveyed use their devices at least some of the time while they watch TV. Email, Web browsing, texting, Facebook, and weather were among the top applications accessed while watching TV. Moreover, 85% of tablet owners and 65% of smartphone owners view online content on their mobile devices instead of on their TVs, at least some of the time. Of the people who used mobile devices to view online content, most said that they like the ability to watch from anywhere and do not have to compete with others for control of the TV remote. Even so, about 15% of tablet owners never watch online content on their mobile devices, and the main reasons cited are that the screens are too small and that the sound quality is not as good as on TV.

For further coverage, go to http://www.displaysearch.com/cps/rde/xchg/displaysearch/hs.xsl/130716_eight_in_ten_global_smartphone_and_tablet_owners_multitask_with_apps_while_watching_tv.asp

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Telephone Cord-Cutters Near 40% in U.S.

A recently released study found that nearly two in five American homes (38.2%) do not have a wireline phone in the home, and utilize wireless phones exclusively. This figure is up by 2.4% from the first half of 2012.The report further indicated that nearly one out of six households that have a landline telephone receive all or nearly all of their calls on wireless telephones. During the second six months of 2012, the percentage of those wireless-only adults over the age of 35 has grown to 52.8%, up from 43.7% in the first six months of 2009. Over the same time period, the proportion of wireless-only adults living with children has grown from 36.4% to 42.6%. The report also noted that 2.1% of U.S. households have no phone service whatsoever (wireless or wireline), representing approximately 4.5 million adults and 1.4 million children. These numbers have remained virtually unchanged over the past three years.

For more, see http://www.ntca.org/new-edge/voice/cdc-nearly-40-of-u-s-households-have-cut-the-cord

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Profiting from Digital Media a Puzzle for Content Owners

In their ongoing quest to build profitable and sustainable businesses around digital media, content owners are increasingly turning to subscription models. Although a sizable portion of the target audience remains unwilling to pay for online or mobile content, many consumers are beginning to accept the idea that quality comes at a price. Consumers’ expectations of multiscreen access are helping fuel growth in subscription models. From the end user’s perspective, the implied bargain is something along these lines: “If I’m going to pay a monthly fee to read the news or watch my favorite TV show, I expect to be able to access it on my laptop, tablet, smartphone, connected TV, or any other device I choose.” However, the success of subscription models across a range of industries in recent months has caused many to rethink the conventional wisdom that people expect all digital content to be free.

For further coverage, go to http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Multiscreen-Availability-Key-Successful-Subscription-Content/1010068

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How Do Millennials Shop Online?

The “Millennial” demographic has grown up embracing the deep discounts and convenience offered by online shopping. A January 2013 survey of U.S. web users’ attitudes toward e-commerce found that both males and females aged 18 to 34 were more likely than their 35- to 64-year-old counterparts to engage in nearly every online shopping activity, with 40% of males and 33% of females in the younger age group reporting that ideally they would buy everything online. Moreover, another survey of 18- to 35-year-old Internet users in the U.S., conducted in February 2013, found that 45% spent an hour or more per day checking out retail-oriented sites. Men were more likely to say they spent more than two hours daily on retail sites (20%), compared with 13% of women who spent as much time per day online shopping.

For more content, see http://www.emarketer.com/Article/How-Millennials-Shop-Online/1010031

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Wi-Fi to Dominate Broadband Data by 2017

A recently published study forecasts that Wi-Fi devices will account for 86% of broadband data use in U.S. households in 2017. In-home data, in turn, will drive growing data usage outside the home, a matter of interest and importance for wireless and mobile industry participants across the value chain. The report indicates that in-home data usage is a precursor to outside-the-home usage. If a user gets accustomed to streaming music over an in-home cable/Wi-Fi network, then that same user is likely to stream their music when they step outside the home, and, in this manner, Internet and data access will be inextricably woven into the personal, social, and business fabric of modern life.

For further coverage, see http://www.telecompetitor.com/report-86-of-in-home-broadband-usage-will-be-on-wifi-by-2017/

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FCC’s Video-Competition Report Sees Growth from New Players

The Federal Communications Commission recently issued its full video-competition report, which found satellite-TV and online providers making inroads, while indicating a general downward trend in cable subscriptions. The report generally does not draw conclusions on the competitiveness of the marketplace and this report followed that format, though it did point to what it said were the most significant trends of “the continuing development, and consumer usage, of time-shifted and location-shifted viewing of video programming, the expansion of digital and high-definition programming, and the progress of the online video industry.”

For more, go to http://www.multichannel.com/index.php?q=policy/fcc’s-video-competition-report-sees-growth-new-players/144516

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Mobile Viewers Pay Attention to TV Programming

Mobile-TV viewers are more focused on TV content when watching on their smartphones than viewers using larger devices, a new study reported. The study also found that smartphone users multitasked on other electronic devices while viewing TV programming only 14% of the time, much lower levels than for tablet (27%), computer (31%), and TV set (34%) viewers. The study also found that 39% of smartphone viewers looked up show information, posted about the show on social networks, or engaged in some other kind of online activity relating the TV programming. That was a higher rate than television (21%), tablet viewing (27%) or computers (31%).

For additional information, go to http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/494659-Mobile_Viewers_Pay_Great_Attention_to_TV_Programming.php

 

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Consumers Unconcerned About “Spy” Set-Top Boxes

Most consumers don’t have serious concerns about so-called “spy” set-tops, which could be used to serve targeted ads or program recommendations, according to the results of a new survey. Still, 30% of consumers surveyed said they would “never” accept such monitoring and 13% said they “probably” would reject such a service. Only 14% of those surveyed said they “don’t mind at all.” About 24% said they were neutral on the idea and 20% agreed that they had “a few reservations” but in general wouldn’t object if the overall service improved. For now, the question is largely hypothetical, but last month, the potential for privacy abuses with the technology prompted a U.S. representative to introduce legislation that would force video providers to display the message “We are watching you” if they use devices with cameras that monitor the activity of viewers.

For more coverage, see http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/surprise-most-tv-viewers-arent-alarmed-by-camera-enabled-set-top-boxes-1200557473/

 

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Gamers Still Not Joining Social Gaming Trend

Although gamers now have a number of ways to play socially, they’re showing a preference for single-player games, according to the results of a recent survey. The poll found that 57.8% of those playing online games were on single-player games. That compared with 41.2% who played social networking games, 33.7% who played multiplayer games, and 30.3% who played mobile games. Although online play would seem to lend itself to increased interaction among gamers, not all of them display a great need to chat with others while playing. The majority of gamers shied away from communication—almost 60% of gamers rarely or never interacted with other players. Only 8.1% of respondents said they always interacted with other players while gaming, with 17.5% saying they did so most of the time.

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Early Adopters Prefer Tablets, Smartphones to Smart TVs

Smart TVs are not being utilized to their fullest extent by early adopters, reports a new study, which offers an in-depth examination of how the behavior of eight advanced user households has changed over the past three years. Even though half of the sample had acquired a smart TV, not one household was found to be using it as their main source for connected media entertainment, as tablets, smartphones, and other connected TV devices were considered easier to use. Meanwhile, early adopters who have not purchased a smart TV remained concerned that these products were not ready to deliver an adequate experience, and were happy to continue using their other connected devices instead.

For more content, see http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5388

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Sales of Wireless Consumer Electronics Rising Worldwide

Global sales of wireless (3G or 4G) consumer electronics (CE) devices will increase by 54% in 2013 to reach 73 million units, according to recently published research. The report finds that tablets dominate this emerging sector with a 75% share in 2013. Annual demand for wireless CE devices, including tablets, ultramobile PCs, digital cameras, e-book readers, and gaming consoles, is predicted to break through the 150 million unit mark by 2017. Several factors explain the growth in 3G/4G-enabled consumer electronics, including more attractive data plans from mobile operators, lower prices, and greater exposure to Wi-Fi-independent consumers in Asia.

For further coverage, go to http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5380

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North America to Claim Nearly Half of $72 Billion Tablet Spend in 2013

More than 39 million tablets shipped worldwide during Q1 2013, representing the second largest volume of shipments to date, according to recently published market intelligence. The research goes on to note that the spending power of the largest three world regions and availability of new, higher cost Windows devices from PC OEMs are continuing to drive market awareness and growth. These three regions (North America, Western Europe, and Asia-Pacific’s Japan and South Korea) will combine to compose 97% of tablet revenues in 2013. North America by itself is forecast to claim nearly half of the estimated $72 billion expected to be spent this year on tablet devices.

For more coverage, see http://www.abiresearch.com/press/north-america-to-claim-nearly-half-of-72-billion-t

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Operators Reshape Telecom Market through M&A

A recently published study reports that LTE subscriptions in the U.S. are expected to reach 262 million by 2017, representing 70% of total mobile subscriptions, as operators turn to mergers and acquisitions (M&As) to acquire additional spectrum. The study notes that the merger of MNOs T-Mobile and MetroPCS was approved earlier this year to give T-Mobile access to additional spectrum for LTE. In the meantime, both Sprint and Dish are trying to take control of Clearwire, a WiMax operator, which has significant spectrum holdings in the 2.5 GHz band. Leap Wireless International is another likely acquisition target in the short term, reportedly being considered by T-Mobile and Sprint.

For additional information, go to http://www.pyramidresearch.com/pr_prlist/USA-mobile-market-operators-need-for-LTE.htm

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Video Surveillance HDD Market to Hit $1 Billion by 2017

The market for hard disk drives (HDDs) used in video surveillance will hit the billion-dollar level in less than five years, as safety concerns and the requirement for higher image quality spur demand for more data storage, according to a recently available report. The article expects revenue for both internal and external HDDs in video-surveillance applications to rise from $638.7 million this year to $1.0 billion by 2017, a remarkable 57% increase. Growth this year alone is forecast to reach 23% from 2012 revenue of $521.1 million, and double-digit-percentage revenue expansion will ensue each year for the next four years. The revenue figures translate to 7.3 million units in shipments by 2017, up from 2.4 million units in 2012 and a projected 3.5 million units this year.

For further details, see http://www.isuppli.com/Memory-and-Storage/News/Pages/Market-for-Hard-Drives-in-Video-Surveillance-to-Hit-Billion-Dollar-Mark-by-2017.aspx

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Decline in Copper Broadband Subscriber Numbers Accelerates

At the end of 2012, analysts reported that subscriber numbers for copper-based broadband services had fallen for the first time, with 415k subscribers lost in the Q4. New figures show that this decline has accelerated in 2013, with 2.77m copper broadband subscribers lost in the first three months of the year. “Copper-based” services include all DSL, ADSL, and ADSL2+ subscribers reported by operators across the world, and also includes cable subscriber numbers, FTTx/VDSL, and FTTH. The report states that copper remains the dominant service for most users across the world. However, a shift in technology is taking root, particularly regarding fiber and hybrid fiber, as consumers desire (and will pay for) higher speeds from their broadband connections.

For more coverage, see http://point-topic.com/press-and-events/2013/the-decline-in-copper-broadband-subscriber-numbers-accelerates-in-2013/

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Europe’s Superfast Broadband Goal Remains Elusive

This week the European Commission updated its Digital Agenda Scoreboard, which measure progress with respect to targets set out in the Digital Agenda. A related new study shows that while nearly all households in Europe had access to basic broadband services at the end of 2012, significant challenges still remain in delivering high-speed broadband to everyone. The purpose of the Digital Agenda in Europe is to harness the Internet and other digital technologies to drive sustainable economic growth. It includes two targets relating to broadband coverage: all households should have access to broadband of at least basic quality by 2013; and all households should have access to high-speed broadband of at least 30 Mbps by 2020.

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Integration in the Intruder Alarm Industry Gains Traction

The elusive goal of integration in the intrusion industry is beginning to gain realistic momentum with the growing trend to combine home automation and home security systems on a single platform, according to a recent study. The residential sector accounted for 40.7% of the $2.7 billion global intruder alarm market in 2012, and the article forecasts the sector to be one of the fastest-growing verticals. The increase in new entrants attempting to penetrate the North American and European markets for home security is evidence of how successful this trend is becoming, while home-management integration is gaining the most popularity in North America, which will increase the penetration rate of intruder alarm products into the residential sector.

For more coverage, go to http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/integration_in_the_intruder_alarm_industry_starts_to_gain_traction&from=all_pr

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Cellular M2M Boom Drives Growth for Value-Added-Services Market

The tremendous expansion of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) connections in the coming years will cause the market for associated value-added-services (VAS) to expand by a factor of seven and reach $10 billion by 2017, according to a new report, rising to this lofty level from a mere $1.5 billion in 2012. The study goes on to indicate that the VAS market represents an array of business and technical services that complement managed cellular connectivity and application platform services. These services enable application developers, service providers and corporate adopters to create, deploy and manage cellular M2M applications.

For additional information, see http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/cellular_m2m_boom_drives_massive_growth_for_value_added_services_market&from=all_pr

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Digital Television Households to Exceed 1 Billion by 2014

Global Digital Television (DTV) households will continue trending upward and exceed 1 billion by the end of 2014, claims a new report. This represents a significant increase from the end of 2012, when digital cable, satellite, IPTV, and terrestrial (DTT) households totaled 755 million. Digital cable will remain the dominant platform, as cable operators around the world continue with digital transitions. Even as some cable operators see total subscribers stalling or shrinking, digital cable subscriber counts will continue to increase. The study goes on to predict that digital satellite households will experience significant growth in several regions, as the total number of subscribers increases by 64% from 2012 to 2018.
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The State of TV Everywhere Deployment

The cable industry’s “TV Everywhere” (TVE) initiative is less than half deployed to multichannel TV subscribers, reports a newly published whitepaper. On average, leading TV networks are available under TVE to 45% of subscribers of multichannel operators. As early as April 2009, TVE was a hot topic among operators, with Time Warner and Comcast announcing a national technical trial to begin July 2009. Four years later, the promise of TVE is not near to being fully realized, despite notable successes like HBO GO. Considering that TVE provides pay-TV incumbents an effective and direct response to the competitive threats of OTT services like Netflix, the article suggests than operators should be aggressively advancing the breadth and depth of their TVE offerings.

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LTE to Serve More than Half of World by 2018

According to an ongoing study that tracks the LTE market, by 2018, LTE deployments should deliver population coverage of 57% (4.2 billion) and 31% (2.3 billion) in legacy WCDMA and CDMA2000 markets respectively. Significantly, LTE-TDD coverage should achieve 49% population coverage by the end of the five-year period. These coverage targets will be driven by macrocells and small cells. By 2018, the number of LTE macrocell base stations will reach nearly 2.5 million to achieve the population coverage targets. Small cells are an integral part of the LTE operator’s network strategy. As a result, the report estimates that 18,000 LTE outdoor small cells will ship in 2013, and will expand to 986,000 by 2018.

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TV Everywhere Grows, but Content Rights Slow Expansion

Nearly one-third of U.S. telco TV households are expected to access multiscreen or TV Everywhere services by the end of 2013, reports a new study. Cable is close behind due to its early lead, but its growth rate is slower because of the greater diversity of cable households and services. Satellite operators are further behind, due to slower starts and lack of in-house broadband services, but the service does offer some novel experiences, like Dish’s Sling place-shifting technology. Many of the market’s early growing pains, like authentication, are finally taking a back seat to the content. Securing the rights to broader content distribution is the primary remaining hurdle, but once standard metrics are developed, the content floodgates are expected to open wider.

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Internet to Serve Nearly 1 Billion Households by 2017

By 2017, over 820 million households worldwide will have Internet service, and more than 94% will have broadband, according to newly available research. The study also reports over 610 million households will have a data network, including over 100 million in North America and 133 million in Western Europe. Innovations such as Samsung’s Smart TV Apps and Lowe’s Iris home management devices have expanded access to content and home systems and increased consumer expectations for anytime, anywhere communications and control. Providers, including Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast, are experimenting with new value-added services such as cloud storage, home controls, and second-screen interactions to find what resonates with consumers.

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Mobile Payment Industry on the Rise

A new study reveals increasing usage for mobile devices and mobile payment features, reporting that 48% of U.S. smartphone owners currently use apps for daily information, entertainment, and shopping, including ordering food and buying physical goods. The study goes on to note that consumers are still concerned about the security of mobile payments, but these issues are less of a barrier for younger consumers–over 60% of users 18-24 have made a mobile purchase in the past 30 days. To offset these concerns for older users, the study suggests that the industry employ non-payment offerings to highlight the benefits of mobile commerce.
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A Detailed Look at Domestic Smartphone Usage

Smartphone usage continues to climb in the U.S. More than 60% of mobile subscribers owned a smartphone during the March-May 2013 period, up more than 10% since smartphones became the mobile majority in early 2012. Apple remained the top smartphone manufacturer in the U.S., while the majority of smartphone owners used Android OS handsets. Overall, women make up the majority of smartphone owners, as more than three out of five use them. Ownership was highest among Millennials (aged 25-34) at 78%, and lowest among Americans aged 55+ (42%). Smartphone usage also varies by ethnicity. Asian Americans had the highest rate of smartphone ownership (75%), while penetration among Caucasians increased the most over the past year, to 56%.

For further coverage, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/mobile-majority–u-s–smartphone-ownership-tops-60-.html

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Operators to Deploy VoLTE by 2015

Conversations with operators confirm that IMS deployments are progressing, with new services being turned up every day, new research has discovered. The biggest change coming over the next few years will be the rise of voice over LTE (VoLTE) and its impact on IMS. Over 90% of the operators participating in the survey plan to deploy VoLTE by 2015, up from zero today. The report also indicated that the transition from fixed-line VoIP to mobile services over IMS is happening, and that the key factors driving respondents’ migration to IMS are LTE network deployments and IMS’s reputation as a global standard for network infrastructure and services.

For more, see http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/IMS-Service-Provider-Survey-Market-Highlights.asp

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Cable Set-Top Boxes Overcome Q1 Lull

According to a recent industry report, cable set-top boxes bucked the seasonal trend in the first quarter of 2013, notching modest gains in both revenue and shipments. China and India remain strong and growing markets for low-end digital STBs, while Latin America continues to expand. Meanwhile, North America also grew, thanks to increasing shipments of video gateways and clients. The report goes on to note that the global set-top box market—IP, cable, satellite and DTT STBs, and OTT media servers—totaled $4.4 billion in Q1 2013, a decline of 5% from Q4 2012, with only cable STBs and OTT media servers gaining on a sequential basis in Q1 2013. Meanwhile, 56% of STBs shipped in Q1 2013 were basic standard definition boxes, pointing to a larger shipment mix to emerging markets like China and India, where the focus is on digitization rather than advanced services.

For additional coverage, see http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/1Q13-STB-Set-Top-Box-Market-Highlights.asp

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Higher Incomes in Growth Markets a Boon for Name Brands

In many growth markets, discretionary income is rising and consumption is expanding beyond the everyday basics. Recently published findings from a new survey revealed that many online respondents in Asia-Pacific and Middle-East/Africa are impulse buyers and adopters of new products. Notably, they exceeded the global average of 35% for both impulsive spending and early adoption. Countries at the top of the impulse spending and early adoption list included China, India, and Indonesia. Similarly, when it came to brand image, six out of 10 online respondents in Asia-Pacific were willing to pay extra for designer products (61%), exceeding the global average by 17%. The affinity for buying famous brands was also highest in Asia-Pacific (55%) and Middle East/Africa (56%) markets, notably above the global average of 47%.

For further coverage, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/the-changing-wave-of-wealth.html

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Mobile Shopping Appeals to Both Sexes

Technology is catching up with our on-the-go lifestyles, empowering millions of Americans to shop whenever and wherever they want. Along with growing smartphone and tablet ownership, mobile shopping continues to grow. As of Q1 2013, 84% of mobile consumers used their devices to shop within the past month, up 5% since 2012. In fact, more than a quarter of mobile shoppers said they make purchases more frequently using their mobile devices than they do using their PCs. So who makes up this growing group of consumers using their mobile devices to shop on the go? It’s well known that women make the majority of household purchase decisions, but men were equally active in mobile shopping activities. Compared with men, women were more likely to use their devices for physical purchases.

For additional information, see http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/who-is-the-mobile-shopper-.html

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Mobile Health Device Sales to Soar Through 2017

Global annual shipments for mobile sensing health and fitness devices will reach 515 million in 2017, up from 107 million in 2012, according to new research. The study forecasts that by 2017, there will be 1.4 billion mobile sensing health and fitness app downloads globally, with health apps increasing the fastest over the next five years. The research is based on phone interviews and surveys of 2,000 individuals, including consumers, manufacturers, developers, suppliers, and government officials. In addition, nearly 40% are interested in purchasing a smart watch, while 48% are likely to use their smart watch for health or fitness. The report notes that advances in low-power wireless communications, MEMS, and multi-sensor arrays have resulted in viable body area network applications for clinical patient monitoring, assisted care, at-home chronic disease management, and general wellness.

For more content, see http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/report-14-billion-mobile-health-fitness-app-downloads-2017/2013-06-03?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal

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Mobile Usage Shaping Digital Behavior

Around the world, users are surfing the Internet on a greater and greater variety of devices. A new survey of 180,000 web users in 31 countries found that as of Q1 2013, three out of five respondents accessed the Internet on a mobile phone, while 22% used a tablet. That’s in addition to the steady percentage of Internet users—about 93%—who’ve been using a personal desktop or laptop for the past couple of years. Google continues to dominate as the leading web brand among both smartphone and tablet users, with 72% of smartphone users accessing Google sites or apps vs. 66% of tablet users doing the same. Facebook came in second, accessed by about half of smartphone and tablet users—while YouTube and Yahoo! ranked third and fourth, respectively. Where behavior began to diverge was in the higher incidence of tablet users accessing Amazon, Skype, MSN/Windows Live, and Bing compared with smartphone users.

For additional information, see http://www.emarketer.com/Article/How-Mobile-Shaping-Global-Digital-Behavior/1009995

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Tablet Usage Becoming Important to Travel Industry

Mobile traffic is becoming increasingly significant for the travel industry, particularly for hotels, according to a newly published article. Some sources predict that U.S. hotel searches would be up over 20% in 2013, bolstered mainly by searches from tablets, which were expected to increase by 180%. Analysis involving visits to hotel websites found that nearly one-sixth of traffic came from mobile devices, with tablets garnering nearly 60% of those mobile visits. With tablet and smartphone usage increasing, consumer behaviors on each device are becoming more distinct. Tablet browsing is much more PC-like than smartphones, the latter of which tends to occur in last-minute, on-the-go situations. Tablet users spent much more time on hotel websites, viewing an average of 4.9 pages per visit in Q4 2012, approximately the same as PC users. That’s compared with hotel researchers on mobile phones, who viewed an average of 3.4 pages per visit.

For more coverage, see http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Tablets-Grab-Significant-Share-of-Travel-Traffic/1009973

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Growing Demand for Mobility to Boost Global Wi-Fi Hotspots

Worldwide carrier Wi-Fi deployments reached 4.9 million hotspots in 2012, reports newly available research. Despite the successful adoption of 3G and 4G mobile data services, the number of Wi-Fi hotspots has continued to proliferate and is anticipated to surpass 6.3 million by the end of 2013. That number includes Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by fixed-line and mobile carriers as well as third-party operators. Wi-Fi has very much become a complement to 3G and 4G services and is now a mainstay of connectivity for the majority of smartphone, tablet, and laptop users because it is often free in many public Wi-Fi locations. This is particularly the case when a mobile user is roaming–Wi-Fi networks can help the user save a significant amount on mobile data roaming charges.

For more, see http://www.abiresearch.com/press/growing-demand-for-mobility-will-boost-global-wi-f

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Second Screens Continue to Transform Viewing Habits

Mobile devices are becoming an increasingly common part of our daily TV routines. According to a recent survey of connected device owners, nearly half of smartphone owners (46%) and tablet owners (43%) said they use their devices as second screens while watching TV. And more than two-thirds of tablet and smartphone owners said they used these second screens multiple times a week during Q1 2013. Among tablet owners, general Web searches (76%) and general Web browsing (68%) are still among the top second-screen activities. But consumers are also using second screens for activities that are directly related to the content they’re viewing, as almost half of tablet owners say they look up information about the programs they watch.

For more content, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/action-figures–how-second-screens-are-transforming-tv-viewing.html

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Advertisers Target Boomers, Millenials

From their money to their media, Boomers and Millennials exhibit vastly different behaviors and habits. Yet, despite being born 30 years apart, these two mega-generations have something in common: they’re in demand by advertisers wishing to attract their attention and their dollars. In the U.S., Millennials and Boomers represent roughly the same number of consumers, but that might be where the similarities end. Boomers are the wealthiest generation, accounting for 50% of all packaged good purchases and 80% of leisure travel spending. Millennials, on the other hand, spend an average of 82% of their income while facing hefty student loans. Understanding how to reach these vastly different groups of consumers is crucial, according to new report.

For further information, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/the-me-generation-meets-generation-me.html

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Streaming Music Over Smartphones Goes Mainstream

From live local newscasts via mobile to time-shifted season finales in the living room, the rising wave of streamed content continues to engage consumers’ eyes and ears, a new survey observes. And digital music plays a big part of the swell, keeping toes tapping and heads bobbing. With nearly 22 billion songs streamed so far this year in the U.S., according to the report, consumers are engaging with digital music at increasingly high rates. Although there’s a plethora of options for streaming songs, most connected device owners listen on their smartphones, although consumers age 55 and over opt for laptops (14%) as their music streaming device of choice.

For additional content, see http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/streaming-music-strikes-a-chord-with-consumers.html

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Smartphones will Account for Nearly Half of Both 802.11ac and 802.11ad Chipset Shipments in 2018

A recently available study predicts that the growth of 802.11ac and 802.11ad will play out in very different ways. 802.11ac will explode into devices, including smartphones, from the start, while 802.11ad will see a more modest and staggered growth. The study also reports that 802.11ac is being pushed into smartphones by key carriers’ device requirements that are in sync with 802.11ac hotspot plans for more robust Wi-Fi offloading. The push towards 11ac adoption is anticipated to overpower the minor additional cost of dual-band 802.11n/802.11ac chipsets that will be used in smartphones, while 2X2 802.11ac implementations in smartphones will occur within a few years.

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Indoor Location Applications to Reach a Billion Downloads by 2016

While there won’t be an immediate surge in indoor location-enabled handsets and applications in the very near future, the ecosystem necessary to drive mass adoption of indoor location applications will be in place by 2016, according to a new report. The report goes on to note that the future adoption of a variety of indoor location and proximity technologies/hybrids are considered across a range of different application categories, such as retail, navigation, enterprise, personal tracking and social, while also enhancing services such as advertising, ambient intelligence, augmented reality, photography, and local search. Even at this early stage, it’s clear that indoor location will play a major part in the future of mobile.

For additional information, see http://www.abiresearch.com/press/indoor-location-applications-to-break-1-billion-do

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U.S. Tablet Owners May Exceed 130 million in 2014

A new industry whitepaper addressed the impact of connected device ownership on consumer video-viewing experiences and analyzed the monetization strategies created by emerging second-screen activities and consumer interaction with digital media. The publication also predicted that the number of U.S. tablet users will increase by 61% from 2013 to 2014, noting that tablet adoption, now close to 50% of all U.S. broadband households, increased demand for mobile video and content services. The whitepaper concluded that content owners and service providers will continue to have the dual challenges of managing video delivery and discovery on multiple platforms, while also improving consumer engagement.

For more, go to http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/dm-mportal-pr-2013

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Voice Control Technologies Satisfying Their Customers

A majority of both Apple iPhone Siri users and Google Now users are happy with their voice control and recognition technologies, reports a new study. Specifically, 55% of Apple Siri users and 50% of Google Now users say they are “very” satisfied with the technologies. The report also indicated that adoption rates for voice control technologies have increased over the last year–roughly one-fifth of broadband users surveyed use either Siri or Google Now. Both Apple’s Siri technology and Google Now are commonly used to look up information and send text messages. However, over 50% of Siri users play music or schedule events with the technology, a much higher rate than Google Now users.

For additional coverage, see http://www.parksassociates.com/blog/article/pr-jun2013-mobilevoice

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Mobile Operators Scheme to Monetize Wi-Fi

According to newly available research, best-effort Wi-Fi is no longer good enough–mobile operators need carrier-class sophistication. Next-gen carrier Wi-Fi has evolved to enable operators to deliver the same quality of experience as mobile networks through closer integration with the mobile RAN. The report also observed that revenue generation, enhanced throughput, and use of unlicensed spectrum are the top deployment drivers for carrier Wi-Fi, while the fastest-growing monetization models for Wi-Fi services are tiered/premium hotspots, managed hotspots, and Wi-Fi roaming.

For more information, see http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/WiFi-Offload-and-Hotspot-Strategies-Survey-Highlights.asp

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Operators Try to Stave off OTT Threat

The results of an industry survey were released recently. The survey explores operators’ strategies for deploying service delivery platforms (SDPs), applications driving their deployments, and their views of the major vendors playing in the SDP market. Among its findings:

  • Getting services to market faster is overwhelmingly the top business driver behind survey respondents’ service delivery platform (SDP) investments, followed closely by exposing network APIs for 3rd-party developers and internal development teams
  • Half of respondent operators named their IT department as the group that holds the purse strings for SDP purchase decisions, while 33% named marketing
  • When asked who they consider to be the top 3 SDP vendors, service providers most often named Ericsson (#1), Huawei and Oracle (tied for #2), and IBM (#3)

For more content, go to http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/SDP-Strategies-and-Vendor-Leadership-Survey-Highlights.asp

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Actiontec Debuts WCB3000 Wireless Network Adapter

Actiontec Electronics announced the launch of its WCB3000 Wi-Fi Wireless Network Adapter using MoCA – the first solution in the company’s Whole Home Wireless portfolio. The Adapter uses MoCA (Multimedia over Coax) to reliably extend the Wi-Fi signal via a home’s existing coax wiring to more places in the home. “The WCB3000 is designed to ensure broadband subscribers can enjoy their tablets and other devices in a 2nd-floor bedroom, out on the back patio, or in the kitchen. The Adapter is an important part of our overall Whole Home Wireless strategy aimed at tackling deadzones and making sure subscribers enjoy the broadband speeds they’re paying for,” said Brian Henrichs, chief business development officer at Actiontec Electronics.

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Tablet Ownership In U.S. Passes One-Third

For the first time, a third (34%) of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer like an iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, or Kindle Fire—almost twice as many as the 18% who owned a tablet a year ago, reports a newly available study. Demographic groups most likely to own tablets include those living in households earning at least $75,000 per year (56%), adults ages 35-44 (49%), and college graduates (49%), according to the research, which goes on to note that a pattern of interest about tablet adoption is how the technology’s growth has played out between different age groups.

For further coverage, go to http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Tablet-Ownership-2013.aspx

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Wi-Fi Tablets Affecting Embedded Mobile Broadband Card Market

A new report tracks over 50 mobile broadband market segments and sub-segments, including smartphones, operating systems (OS), routers, cards, USBs, embedded devices (such as tablets), and subscribers, all by the type of network they connect to, including Long Term Evolution (LTE), W-CDMA/HSPA, and other networks. The study observes that the growing popularity of low-cost, Wi-Fi-only tablets like Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire is having a negative impact on embedded mobile broadband cards, as the vast majority of embedded device units come from connected tablets. Other highlights:

  • The global 3G/4G mobile broadband device market, including smartphones, embedded devices, and routers, totaled $93 billion in the first quarter of 2013, dropping off 6% from the previous quarter
  • Tablets made up 89% of embedded device units in the Q1 2013
  • By 2017, the report expects FDD-LTE mobile broadband tablets to edge out WiFi-only tablets in revenue share, with the higher selling price of connected tablets playing a key role

For more information, see http://www.infonetics.com/pr/2013/1Q13-3G-4G-Mobile-Broadband-Devices-Market-Highlights.asp

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Tablet Shipments Still Favor Apple, But Android Gaining

Apple has been able to maintain its tablet lead by delivering a quality experience at a premium price. The iPad maker exited the first calendar quarter of 2013 with 50% share of all tablet shipments, though, according to recently developed market intelligence, the Android ecosystem is poised to overtake iOS. The big variable for Android is China. The Middle Kingdom is passionate about the Apple brand as well as the masses’ ability to afford technology devices. Smaller, 7-inch Android tablets have become popular, though most lack the Google suite of apps and Android Play marketplace. A push for sub-$200 tablets is keeping Android relevant in both developed and emerging markets.

For further coverage, go to http://www.abiresearch.com/press/tablet-shipments-reaching-tipping-point-for-androi

More Than Half The World’s Population Covered by LTE-FDD by 2018

LTE-capable networks will continue to gain traction all over the globe through 2018. In particular, frequency-division duplex (FDD) networks will see their population coverage expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 33%, hitting 57% by 2018. Time-division duplex (TDD) networks will gain ground at a more rapid rate (43%) during this period, but will only reach 52% population coverage due to fewer current licensed markets. This overall picture is consistent with the contracts awarded to vendors so far this year, as slightly more than half of the contracts concluded are related to LTE-FDD.

For more information, see http://www.abiresearch.com/press/more-than-1-in-2-people-will-be-covered-by-lte-fdd

No-New-Wire Networks to Surge in Near Future

The installed base of home networks using no-new-wire technologies is projected to soar by almost 300% within the next five years, spurred by growth in Internet Protocol (IP) and multiroom television services, claims a recently released report. The research also forecasts that the number of households worldwide deploying no-new-wire technologies will surge from less than 70 million to more than 250 million at the end of 2017, led by technologies such as HomePlug and MoCA. No-new-wire technologies use the existing wiring present in consumers’ homes, such as powerlines, coaxial cables, and twisted pair cables, significantly reducing the cost and simplifying the installation of wired home networks.

For more, go to http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/residential_no_new_wire_networks_to_almost_quadruple_by_the_end_of_2017&from=all_pr

Smart Grid Sensor Market Set to Double in Size by 2014

According to a newly available study, the market for smart grid sensors in North America is expected to grow dramatically during the next two years. The report goes on to show that a major change is occurring in the feeder line sensing market in North America, with emerging technologies being offered by a series of new entrants to the market. The study predicts that by 2014, the smart grid sensors market will more than double in size from estimated 2012 levels, with annual revenue topping $100 million for the first time in 2015 as older devices are replaced by next-generation technologies.

For additional information, see http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/smart_grid_sensor_market_set_to_double_in_size_by_2014&from=all_pr

Information and Communications Industry Rebounding

The skyrocketing demand for wireless data is a key driver that consistently fuels growth for the information and communications industry, maintains new market research. The U.S. wireless market consists of voice and data services including cdma2000, GSM, UMTS, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and LTE equipment, wireless handsets and infrastructure equipment, machine-to-machine (M2M) services, and professional services in support of the wireless infrastructure. The research goes on to report that spending in 2012 rose 10%, the largest increase since 2007. In 2012, the market benefited from double-digit growth in transport services and wireless handsets and faster growth in wireless equipment and services in support of wireless equipment.

For further coverage, go to http://www.tiaonline.org/resources/market-forecast

Broadband Subscriber Increase by 1.1 Million

New research has found that the 17 largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S.–representing about 93% of the market–acquired 1.1 million additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the first quarter of 2013. These top broadband providers now account for over 82 million subscribers, with top cable companies having over 47 million broadband subscribers, and top telephone companies holding nearly 35 million subscribers. Overall, broadband additions in Q1 2013 amounted to 86% of those in the same quarter last year, cable garnering 82% as many additions as a year ago, while telcos acquired 99% compared to a year ago. The top cable companies added about 800,000 subscribers, representing 72% of the net broadband additions for the quarter versus the top telephone companies.

For further coverage, go to http://www.leichtmanresearch.com/press/052113release.html

U.S. TV Shipments Plunge in Q1 2013

It’s a bad time to be in the TV business–or at least it is if you happen to be selling the televisions themselves. A new report shows that TV shipments in the world’s most important market–the U.S.–have fallen by a 11% in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same quarter last year.

Not surprisingly, with demand falling, prices have been going up to compensate, rising 3% in the same time frame. This could be due to the fact that manufacturers are seeing an opportunity among consumers who are buying, as the vast majority are looking to upgrade and are more interested in smart TVs with larger display sizes. Another trend noted is that plasma TVs are losing favor faster–with sales dropping by almost 39% compared to a 7% dip in LCD TV sales.

For more information, see http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/ihs-isuppli-us-tv-shipments-201306053069.htm

New Entrants Don’t Alarm Established Home Security Firms

In most cases, a sudden influx of players and increased competition would be detrimental for long-time industry stalwarts. However, the U.S. intruder alarm market is embracing the plethora of new competitors entering the business because these recent market entrants are partnering with established security suppliers to offer complete home security product offerings. Because of this cooperation, the penetration rate for U.S. residential intruder alarm products will increase by 5 to 8% during the next three years, predicts a recently published report, which notes that the penetration rate of intrusion systems in the U.S. has hovered around the 20% mark for some time.

For additional content, see http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/home_security_companies_not_alarmed_by_new_entrants

Smart Grid Sensor Market to Double in Size by 2014

A new study foresees dramatic growth during the the next two years for the smart grid sensor market in North America. The report notes that a major change is occurring in the feeder line sensing market in North America, with emerging technologies being offered from a series of new entrants to the market. The report goes on to predict that the smart grid sensors market will more than double in size from estimated 2012 levels, with annual revenue topping $100 million for the first time in 2015, as older devices are replaced by next-generation technologies offered by new market entrants.

For more coverage, go to http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/smart_grid_sensor_market_set_to_double_in_size_by_2014&from=all_pr

Wireless LAN Continues Upward Trend in 2013

A recently published report revealed that the wireless LAN (WLAN) market grew 17% in the first quarter 2013 versus Q1 2012. Outdoor device shipments turned in the strongest performance, while the Broadband Customer Premise Equipment with WLAN segment also grew rapidly, driven by recently-introduced high-speed DOCSIS 3.0 cable equipment shipments.

For more information, see http://www.delloro.com/news/wireless-lan-market-posts-seventeen-percent-revenue-growth-in-first-quarter-2013-according-to-delloro-group

Massive Growth Projected for Mobile Broadband Tablet Subscriptions

Despite continued strong growth of smartphones and the prevalence of Wi-Fi-only tablets, mobile broadband subscriptions on connected tablets will expand rapidly in the next five years. A newly available study forecasts global mobile broadband subscriptions on tablets will grow eightfold from 2012 to 2017 as more than 165 million new tablets activate mobile data services. The study also predicts that by 2017, global mobile tablet subscriptions will generate almost 3.5 million terabytes of mobile data traffic. With the new iPad setting the technology benchmark, 4G LTE could develop into the access technology of choice, perhaps accounting for more than 80% of all mobile broadband tablet subscriptions by the end of 2017.

For more information, see http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5369

The Race is On for 5G Dominance

The time for industry players to position themselves to win the 5G race is now, claims a recently released industry study, which goes on to recommend that companies start implementing their strategies as soon as possible to influence the definition of the requirements for the new generation systems. Momentum is building as leading companies engage in the first round of 5G technology development, with Samsung being the latest industry player to announce its 5G demonstration. The traditional technical leaders in the radio transmission technology area, Ericsson and NTT DoCoMo, also revealed their progress in 5G research. Chinese industry players, meanwhile, have formed an industrial group to promote the research and development of 5G technology.

For additional content, see http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5367

TV Everywhere Finding Widespread Adoption Difficult

According to newly available research, more than four years after the announcement of the TV Everywhere (TVE) initiative, deployment to America’s TV subscribers languishes below 50%. The study details the availability of authenticated TVE content for the 14 leading TV networks to subscribers of the 15 largest multichannel TV operators. On average, each of these networks is available via TVE to only 45% of those operator’s pay-TV subscribers. The study’s author opines that TV Everywhere is arguably the best response that the multichannel TV operators and networks have to the competitive threat posed by online video services.

For more coverage, see http://tdgresearch.com/tdg-tv-everywhere-less-than-half-deployed-four-years-after-launch/

Wireless Deadzones Shaping Consumer Behavior

Actiontec Electronics announced the results of its Spring 2013 study on U.S. domestic Wi-Fi habits, revealing a surprising degree of satisfaction with Wi-Fi despite widespread connectivity issues. The findings were compiled from three independent studies fielded in Spring 2013 from over 1200 participants in the U.S. The study focused on Wi-Fi trends and the use of connected devices in the home. The results point to implications for a major correction in satisfaction ratings as whole-home multiscreen use increases and Wi-Fi networks strain to meet demands for bandwidth and coverage. The study also indicated a lack of education among consumers in troubleshooting and improving Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the home.

For additional coverage, go to http://www.actiontec.com/products/view_news.php?nid=299#.Ubd-bhbDWS0

The State of the Smartphone Market 2013

According to a new study, a majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind. The study defines the owner of a smartphone as anyone who says “yes” to one—or both—of the following questions:

  1. Is your phone a smartphone?
  2. Does your phone operate on a smartphone platform common to the U.S. market?

Sixty-one percent of cell owners said “yes” to at least one of these questions and can be classified as smartphone owners. Because 91% of the adult population now owns some kind of cell phone, 56% of all American adults are now smartphone adopters. More than one-third have some other kind of cell phone that is not a smartphone, while the remaining 9% of Americans do not own a cell phone at all.

For further coverage, see http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Smartphone-Ownership-2013.aspx

First Quarter 2013 VDSL Shipment Report

In the first quarter of 2013, VDSL port shipments (including vectoring products) grew more than 15% over the year-ago period and accounted for the majority of DSL port shipments for the first time, notes a recently published report. VDSL with vectoring is an attractive alternative to PON for service providers who want to increase the bandwidth capabilities of their access networks without the high cost of laying fiber. The report goes on to state that recent announcements by some operators about their intent to upgrade their access networks with VDSL should result in continued VDSL growth. Rapidly declining ADSL sales, however, will likely cause losses in the overall DSL market, albeit at a slower rate than over the past couple of years.

For additional information, go to http://www.delloro.com/news/vdsl-remains-bright-spot-in-the-dsl-market

Cable TV and Broadband Provider Satisfaction Low

A recent report finds that consumer satisfaction with cable TV services remains among the worst in any industry–and broadband ISP service is even worse, even when accounting for the small strides some companies have made in this area during the past year. To illustrate the depths to which the industry has fallen in the estimation of its own customers, pay-TV and ISP companies are ranked on par with or worse than most airlines, and well below the rankings of banks and government organizations like the Postal Service and IRS. Comcast and Time Warner Cable are the biggest culprits when it comes to customer dissatisfaction, but even Verizon saw a drop in its ratings due to recent price hikes.

For more coverage, go to http://www.broadbandreports.com/shownews/Shockingly-You-Still-Hate-Your-Cable-Company-124372

Actiontec Announces ScreenBeam Pro

Actiontec Electronics recently announced the launch of the ScreenBeam Pro Receiver, the first wireless display receiver for Intel WiDi 4.1 for 4th Generation Intel Core Processor-based systems. ScreenBeam Pro enables users who have an Intel WiDi or Miracast-certified device to beam their screens to their big screen HDTV in real-time–with a single touch. “Actiontec’s ScreenBeam Pro Receiver is a great solution for bringing the full Intel WiDi experience to any HD display,” said Kerry Forell, WiDi Product Line Manager at Intel. “Intel WiDi on a system with a 4th Gen Intel Core processor offers consumers unprecedented ease in sharing all the things they love. Together with Actiontec, we’re showcasing the future of wireless display, where consumers can stream their favorite content to their screen of choice.”

For more, see http://www.actiontec.com/products/view_news.php?nid=298#.Ua46h5XDWS0

Internet Trends: 2013

According to a newly available Internet traffic trends report, 2013 will be the year long-form video makes its move onto mobile networks. The study also reports that the “home roaming” phenomenon (users voluntarily offloading mobile traffic onto Wi-Fi networks), has continued, and combined with increased consumption of real-time entertainment on mobile networks globally and the doubling of Netflix traffic on mobile networks in North America, suggests that users are getting comfortable with watching longer form videos on their handheld devices. Other findings:

  • European mobile monthly usage increased 25% to 311MB in just six months
  • Tablets and smartphones consume over 20% of all fixed data in North America
  • Apple devices (iPads, iPhones, iPods, Apple TVs, and Macs) represent 35% of all audio and video streaming on North American home networks
  • YouTube accounts for over 20% of mobile downstream traffic in North America, Europe, and Latin America

For more, see http://www.sandvine.com/news/pr_detail.asp?ID=431

NTIA Analyzes Broadband Deployment

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has done a highly detailed analysis of broadband deployment in the U.S., looking at broadband availability by speed, by technology, by state, by county, and by various combinations of these factors. The study’s overarching conclusion is that although the U.S. continues to make progress on broadband deployment and speeds, gaps between rural and metro areas persist. The report notes, for example, that almost 100% of urban residents have access to download speeds of at least 6 Mbps, but only 82% of rural communities can access these speeds. And while almost 88% of urban residents have access to speeds of 25 Mbps, only 41% of rural residents have the same access.

For additional information, go to http://www.telecompetitor.com/ntia-18-of-rural-communities-lack-3-mbps-broadband/

Subscription-Based Services Making an Impact

There’s no denying that online video subscription services have affected the entire media industry. Viewers want entertainment options from professional TV-like programming to homemade content that goes viral–and streaming video offers just that. So who’s subscribing to this new way of viewing? A recently published report found that interest and adoption rates vary by income and education. By looking at homes that had a credit or debit card charge in the last 12 months to a service such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Blockbuster.com, or Vudu, the report discovered that among video streaming households, 43% have an income between $50k-$100k. While wealthy households ($100k+) were 85% more likely to have a streaming service than the rest of the population, it’s noteworthy that homes with tablets were also more likely to pay for streaming content.

For further coverage, see http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/how-subscription-based-streaming-services-are-making-waves.html

U.S. Latino Population Growing in a Wide Range of Locations

The Latino population in the U.S. is growing—and in places many people might not be expecting. While historically Hispanic-designated market areas (DMAs) like Miami and New York still have the largest shares of the Latino population, new research highlights how the pace of growth is soaring in other areas, as well. For example, Charlotte, N.C., isn’t traditionally thought of as a Latino market, but its Hispanic population is growing faster than any other region in the country. Additionally, dramatic Latino growth in a number of cities across the U.S. since 2000 has created opportunity beyond the more traditional Hispanic markets, as noted in the country’s 15 largest Hispanic DMAs. The research concludes that it’s imperative that brands’ messages speak to these new Hispanic segments, alongside more established segments of the U.S. Hispanic population.

For more information, go to http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/newswire/2013/latino-populations-are-growing-fastest-where-we-arent-looking.html

Online Gaming Grows, Paced by Mobile Device Use

According to recently published research, 72% of U.S. gamers do their gaming online. This represents an increase of 5% from 2012. Along with the rise in online gaming, there was also an increase in the number of hours spent playing games across the majority of devices surveyed. This led to an overall increase in the average number of hours played per week, up 9%, and for gaming online, up 6%. Across all platforms measured in the report, the PC still ranks as the top platform for online gaming, with 68%, although this figure represents a 4% decline over last year. Meanwhile, online gaming on mobile devices is on the rise, as mobile devices saw a 12% increase in online gaming since last year.

For more, go to https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/the-npd-group-report-shows-increased-number-of-online-gamers-and-hours-spent-gaming/

Nearly Half of Home Entertainment Devices Connected to Web

Forty-seven percent of home entertainment devices (Internet-capable TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and other streaming media devices) are currently connected and being used online. But the degree to which these devices are used online varies significantly, according to a new report. Internet capable TVs and Blu-ray disc players are the least likely to actually be connected to the Internet, the report notes, while streaming media players and video game consoles are connected and used the most. The upcoming generation of streaming media devices, which will be optimized for content delivery, are expected to provide a more compelling interface, aiding in consumer discovery of new services.

For additional information, see https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/nearly-half-of-internet-capable-tvs-game-consoles-blu-ray-disc-players-and-streaming-media-players-are-connected-and-used-according-to-the-npd-group/

Tablet PCs and Touch Adoption to Drive Mobile PC Market

The mobile PC market is expected to increase from 367.6 million units shipped in 2012 to 762.7 million by 2017, driven by touch-enabled form factors, according to a recently published forecast report. The majority of this shift will come as tablet PCs begin to replace notebook PCs this year as the dominant mobile PC form factor, and touch becomes a key feature in mobile PC adoption. Tablet PC shipments are expected to increase 67% year-over-year to 256.5 million in 2013, and reach 579.4 million by 2017. Notebook PC shipments are expected to decline 10% over the next four years, from 203.3 million in 2013 to 183.3 million in 2017, but shipments of notebooks with touch capabilities are expected to grow 48% in 2014.

For additional content, see http://www.displaysearch.com/cps/rde/xchg/displaysearch/hs.xsl/130506_tablet_pcs_and_touch_adoption_expected_to_drive_mobile_pc_shipments_through_2017.asp

Gaming Consoles Lead Global Connected TV Usage

With growing interest in streaming content, online gaming, and apps created for televisions, households are increasingly finding ways to connect their TVs to the Internet. In several developed countries, game consoles have become the most popular way to make that connection. According to a new study, the way TVs are connected to the Internet varies depending on where consumers live. The result of recently conducted surveys found that 27% of flat-panel TVs are connected to the Internet, either directly from smart TVs or via other connected devices. In connected flat-panel-TV households, the devices most often used to connect TVs to the Internet are the Sony Playstation, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, and other gaming consoles (19%), followed by Roku, Apple TV, PPTV Live, and other media center boxes (17%).

For more coverage, go to http://www.displaysearch.com/cps/rde/xchg/displaysearch/hs.xsl/130409_gaming_consoles_lead_global_connected_tv_usage.asp

Netflix, YouTube, and iOS Dominate Web Traffic

According to the results of a new study, Netflix continues to take up the lion’s share of  peak period traffic, accounting for 32.3% of downstream traffic. Although that figure was a slight decline, rivals Amazon and HBO Go were barely on the map with 1.31% and .34%, respectively, with their relative shares declining even more than Netflix. Meanwhile, mobile traffic accounts for 20% of traffic, much of it coming from YouTube. As for devices, the iPad (at 10% of home roaming traffic) consumes more video than any other single device. In fact, iOS devices consume a total of 23.1% of all streaming audio and video content on North American fixed access networks, while Android comes in at 7%.

For further content, see http://www.technologytell.com/gadgets/120912/netflix-still-leading-in-peak-period-traffic-apple-devices-account-for-45-of-streaming/

M2M: Facts and Fantasies

Interest in machine-to-machine (M2M) technology has been gaining considerable momentum, as M2M is expected to boost new productivity in many industries, even though it requires a new IT ecosystem.  M2M is a substantive technology transition that will create a new market and ecosystem. However, the industry needs a reality check. A new report, titled “Seven Myths of Machine to Machine Market Impact,” examines the M2M myths and tries to separate the exaggerations from the M2M facts.

For additional coverage, go to http://www.acgresearch.net/knowledge-insights/reports-whitepapers/seven-myths-of-machine-to-machine.aspx

Happy Memorial Day

From all of us here at Actiontec to all of our American readers out there: have a great, and safe Memorial Day!

Thirty Billion Wirelessly Connected Devices by 2020

A recently released study shows that there are more than 10 billion wirelessly connected devices in the market today, and over 30 billion such devices are expected by 2020. The report observes that the emergence of standardized ultra-low power wireless technologies will become one of the main enablers of the IoE (Internet of Everything). Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, cellular, RFID, and many other wireless technologies are all critical to the growth of IoE, and the long-term expansion of the market remains dependent on wireless technology becoming totally friction-free, so that the consumer is oblivious to how the technology is being used–just that it works.

For additional content, see http://www.abiresearch.com/press/more-than-30-billion-devices-will-wirelessly-conne

Low-Cost Smartphones To Dominate Segment by 2018

Smartphone shipments account for a larger percentage of mobile handset shipments than feature phones and low-cost handsets. Yet within the smartphone marketplace, segmentation is increasing. According to newly available research, shipments of sub-$250 smartphones will grow from 259 million in 2013 to 788 million in 2018. Mid- ($250-$400) and high- ($400+) cost smartphone shipments are expected to grow from 635 million to 925 million over the same period. As smartphone penetration moves from early adopters to the mass-market segment, the smartphone will be less dependent on technical superiority, and more dependent on reliability and value, the report concludes.

For more coverage, go to http://www.abiresearch.com/press/low-cost-smartphones-to-account-for-46-of-smartpho

More Telco Activity in OTT Market This Year

Telcos are expected to play a more active role in the OTT space in 2013 as they seek to address the challenge posed by OTT applications, according to a recently-published report. RCS/Joyn, the industry’s initial response to OTT messaging services, has taken some steps forward, but may not be developing fast enough. As a result, more operators are launching their own proprietary OTT apps.

For more coverage, see http://www.pyramidresearch.com/pr_prlist/ott-market-in-2013.htm

Second Screens Rarely Used for TV Program Interaction Apps

Nearly all (88%) of U.S. households own at least one device that can be used as a second viewing screen, with 87% of U.S. entertainment consumers reported to be using at least one second-screen device while watching television, a new report reveals. These multitasking consumers are splitting their attention between their televisions and their laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other second-screen devices. While multitasking is common, viewers are less willing to use their second-screen devices to interact directly with applications designed specifically for the TV programs they are watching. The report states that play-along games, check-in rewards, live voting, and other interactive features are highly effective for the minority of second-screen viewers, but do not resound with most.

For additional information, go to https://www.npd.com/wps/portal/npd/us/news/press-releases/divided-viewing-second-screens-vying-for-tv-viewers-attention/

A Bullish Prediction for the Smart Glass Market

Smart glass products like Google Glass will account for almost 10 million units sold by 2016, predicts a newly published forecast study. The arrival of Google Glass and Google’s efforts to promote application development for the product may spur the market, the report goes on to note, as shipments of smart glasses could rise to as high 6.6 million units in 2016, up from just 50,000 in 2012. Growth this year will climb 150% to 124,000 shipments, mostly driven by sales to developers. Expansion may begin to accelerate in 2014 with the initial public availability of Google Glass, as shipment growth reaches 250% (based on the more optimistic forecasts).

For further content, go to http://www.isuppli.com/Home-and-Consumer-Electronics/News/Pages/Spurred-by-Google-Glass,-IHS-Forecasts-Nearly-10-Million-Smart-Glasses-to-Ship-from-2012-to-2016.aspx

China Arrives as World’s Leading PC Market

China rose to the top of the PC market for the first time ever on an annual basis last year, outselling the United States by more than 3 million units, according to a recently unveiled study. PC shipments in 2012 to China amounted to 69 million units, exceeding the 66 million total reached by the U.S., the leader in 2011. Beyond its large size, China’s PC market exhibits distinct characteristics that set it apart from the computer trade elsewhere: it possesses a vast untapped rural market, along with unique consumer-purchasing patterns. While desktop PC shipments lagged behind notebook shipments around the world, the two PC segments in China ended in a 50-50 split.

For more coverage, see http://www.isuppli.com/Home-and-Consumer-Electronics/News/Pages/ChinaBecomesWorld’sLeadingPCMarketin2012.aspx

Digital Power Market Booms as Technology Spreads

The global markets for digital power supplies and digital power integrated circuits (ICs) are projected to expand rapidly from 2013 to 2017, new research revealed recently. The report went on to note that the primary reasons for the surge are IT infrastructure increases and technology expansions into lighting and consumer-oriented applications including PCs, appliances and cellphones. Revenue this year will rise 37% from $2.7 billion in 2012, while growth in digital power ICs is also forecast with revenues increasing more than fivefold from 2013 to reach $2.6 billion in 2017.

For additional coverage, see http://www.imsresearch.com/press-release/digital_power_market_booms_as_technology_spreads_to_consumer_and_lighting_areas&from=all_pr

Sporting Events Boost Demand for Indoor Wireless Solutions in Latin America

New forecasting research for in-building coverage solutions puts Latin America as the fastest growing market, with a CAGR of 33% between 2012-2018. The FIFA World Cup Brazil in 2014 and Rio Olympics in 2016 are the most conspicuous demand drivers for indoor wireless coverage solutions in this region. While Brazil will be the key beneficiary of this growth, the tiger economies of Peru, Chile, and Colombia are also expected to reap rewards. Contracts for covering stadiums and venues have already started to be given out, while transportation hubs like airports and train stations, hospitality venues like hotels, and large public venues like shopping malls will need improved coverage and capacity. With estimates of close to $120 billion in gross public and private investment going into supporting the sporting bonanzas, indoor coverage solutions will see some of that investment trickling in.

For more information, go to http://www.abiresearch.com/press/olympics-and-world-cup-soccer-driving-demand-for-i

U.S. TV Market To Decline Again in 2013

U.S. television shipments are forecast to decline for a second year in a row in 2013, but growth will resume next year as the liquid crystal display television (LCD TV) segment regains some of the strength it had lost in the past year, reports a recently released study. Shipments in 2013 of televisions into the U.S. market will amount to a projected 36.6 million units, compared to 37.6 million last year. The anticipated nearly 3% contraction will be smaller than the 6% slide suffered by the industry in 2012, when domestic TV shipments retreated from 39.9 million units in 2011. Nevertheless, current trends indicate that shipments will decline for two straight years by the time 2013 is over.

For further coverage, see http://www.isuppli.com/Display-Materials-and-Systems/News/Pages/US-TV-Market-Set-for-Second-Consecutive-Year-of-Declinein-2013.aspx

802.11ac to Grow Quickly

The next generation Wi-Fi technology, 802.11ac, will take off quickly in the next five years, observes a newly available study. The consumer electronics industry is already preparing for the transition, as companies have plans in place to roll out new devices that support this latest protocol. The report went on to predict that by the end of 2015, sales of consumer devices with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, including routers and gateways, will exceed the 1-billion-unit mark, equivalent to over 40% of all Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The report concludes that, based on current trends, the global sales of Wi-Fi CE devices will reach 2.8 billion in 2017.

For further coverage, see http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5356

Size Matters When It Comes to Smartphones

In the second half of 2012, existing smartphone owners were most likely to be interested in devices with a screen size between 4.2-inches and 4.7-inches, reports a recently released survey. It also found an increase in the most preferred smartphone screen size from the same period in 2011, when a 4.3-inch device was most preferred. Smartphone “intenders” (those who don’t currently have a smartphone, but intend to purchase one) show greater interest in slightly smaller devices than existing smartphone owners, while males preferred smartphones with larger screens than female. Overall, respondents showed a marked preference for their next phone to have a larger screen size than their existing handset.

For additional content, go to http://www.strategyanalytics.com/default.aspx?mod=pressreleaseviewer&a0=5357

Connected TVs Popular in Broadband Households

According to a new report, 56% of all U.S. broadband households have at least one TV connected to the Internet, either directly via a smart TV or indirectly via an ancillary device like game consoles and/or Blu-ray players. Between delivering OTT services to the TV, or expanding the level of control for pay-TV subscribers, this level of Internet TV usage can be seen as fairly encouraging, the study noted. It also found that close to a fourth of these consumers now have two or more net-connected TVs in their home, suggesting that connected TVs are moving beyond the living room and into other areas of the home.

For more, see http://tdgresearch.com/connected-tvs-now-present-in-six-of-ten-us-broadband-households/

On Its Ninth Anniversary, TDG Holds a Sale

The Diffusion Group is proud to begin its tenth year of service to the consumer technology and digital media industries. In the spirit of this anniversary, TDG is offering a variety of 2012 reports for only $995, or more than $1,500 off the list price. The sale is for a limited time only. The company noted that small companies without dedicated research budgets have found it difficult to access high quality research, whether consumer studies or industry analysis. For these reasons, and to celebrate its ninth anniversary, TDG is making a number of titles available for only $995.

For additional information, go to http://tdgresearch.com/tdg-celebrates-its-9th-anniversary-all-2012-reports-just-995/

Huge Majority of U.S. Broadband Households Own Home Network

Home network diffusion among U.S. broadband households has reached 84%, up from 81% in 2011, according to a newly available report, which goes on to note that router placement and network-related behavior is increasingly defined by streaming media, as opposed to data-related activities. Over the years, predictions about the movement of home network routers toward primary living spaces being concurrent with the uptake of net-enabled video platforms and over-the-top video services have proved accurate. Just a few years ago, network use was dominated by data-centric activities (email, messaging, productivity applications, etc.), with few consumers actually using their home networks to access and share digital media. Today, however, 62% of networked households are using their network to stream digital media.

For additional content, see http://tdgresearch.com/tdg-84-of-us-broadband-households-now-own-home-network-62-used-to-stream-media/

TIA Announces IoT and M2M Technology Initiatives

With dramatic progress being made in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, is launching several initiatives to enable these technologies to fulfill their enormous societal and economic potential. TIA recently divulged that it will lead an international conference to focus on IoT and M2M standards and protocols. The event took place on May 7 at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta, GA. TIA also announced it will host an M2M/cybersecurity workshop, “Enabling Adoption for All,” on June 4 and 5 at TIA Headquarters in Arlington, VA, to explore the intersection of M2M and cybersecurity as a critical path toward accelerating adoption of IoT and M2M in the marketplace. Additionally, M2M will be a central focus of TIA’s annual conference in October.

For more information, go to http://www.tiaonline.org/news-media/press-releases/tia-announces-new-initiatives-advance-machine-machine-communications-and

Actiontec to Develop Next Generation Intel WiDi Receiver

Actiontec Electronics today announced that it is the lead OEM to design next generation receiver device for the upcoming version of Intel WiDi technology for 4th gen Intel Core processors launching at Computex 2013.

Actiontec and Intel have collaborated closely on the product design for the past year. The resulting next-generation receiver device will support Intel WiDi and Wi-Fi Certified Miracast wireless display capable-devices (PCs, smartphones, and tablets). Consequently, the receiver can stream content from the millions of Intel WiDi and Miracast devices expected to come into the market in the coming months.

For more information, go to http://www.actiontec.com/products/view_news.php?nid=294#.UZFEoytAQ1e