The Promise of 5G Will Fuel Growth in IOT Devices and Streaming Video New Report Claims

The Promise of 5G Will Fuel Growth in IOT Devices and Streaming Video New Report Claims

Our digital lives have already been taken over by the smartphone. According to a Ericsson Mobility Report,  over the next decade, mobile devices and other smart gadgets will continue to grow in prominence. Both video, the internet, and mobile internet usage is expected to rise in prominence.

Between 2015 and 2021, the IoT space will maintain a hefty compound annual growth rate of 23 percent. IoT devices are set to overtake mobile in the connected devices category by 2018, according to Ericsson.

The introduction of 5G networks is part of this growth, which is expected to launch at some point in 2020.

Video is set to play an increasingly important role in our mobile lives.  Video will account for as much as 70 percent of mobile traffic, Ericsson forecasts that by 2021.

That’s hardly surprising, considering the emphasis being placed on video by internet service providers and mobile carriers.  For example, T-Mobile, offers unlimited video streaming to its mobile network subscribers on select services.

Between 2014 and 2015, video watching on smartphones went up a huge 127 percent.  Interestingly during the same period, there was a 50-percent decline in television watching among teens.

People in the 30-35 age range spend four more hours on average watching TV than do teens, something that has remained true since 2011.

What video services are people watching?  Leading the pack is YouTube, accounting for between 50 and 70 percent of video traffic.

The size of devices has an impact on the types of videos being watched.  For example, tablets are generally used for watching longer videos, while tablets and smartphones are used equally used for watching short videos.

Teens tend to use Wi-Fi more often.  They are also more willing to pay to access the internet.

The survey showed that 63 percent of teens were willing to pay more for better internet speeds, which is greater than any other age bracket.  On the flip side, they are rarely the ones that are actually paying for the service.

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Next Generation TV’s 2015 and beyond

Next Generation TV’s 2015 and beyond
 All the big TV manufacturers were showcasing the latest in television sets technology at this year’s 2015 CES show.  Here are the highlights of the latest and greatest TV technology coming to your home.tv 2015

The TV winners for 2015

4K is all the rage

1080p sets will still be out there, but TV makers want you to buy 4K sets, despite a current lack of content and marginal increase in image quality for most viewers. If you’re going to buy a TV in 2015, you will be hard-pressed to find sets that don’t support 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels).

Consumers are going to have to evaluate whether they want to pay a premium for some of the higher-end display technology, like 4K TV technology. Samsung ssentially abandoning OLED in favor of quantum dot technology by introducing it under the moniker SUHD TV.  Quantum dots are nanomaterials that are designed to absorb light of one color and emit it as another color. By applying of film of this material to the back of the screen, TV manufacturers are able to produce an improved color gamut and saturation at a lower cost than OLED.

It is going to be at least another year or two until manufacturing costs on OLED come down and bring it in to the mainstream. OLED remains the most expensive display technology out there, and while it was at this year’s show, it was primarily LG pushing new OLED sets.

4K video cameras like the Sony 4K Handycam and other professional video cameras on display should gradually ease the current lack of native 4K content.  In order to benefit from the very high resolution of a 4K, there is a need for more content and content creation tools.

tv 2015Curved screens

With Samsung even showing a giant 105″ bendable display most TV makers are pushing curved screens as a premium option, . We believe PC users will have a large interest in curved multi-monitor setup, however we remain skeptical of the value of a curved display to the typical living room viewer.

Smart TV Operating Systems battles

CES 2015 was a bad year for Google’s Android TV operating system, with a number of big manufacturers charting their own course to prevent Google’s dominance in the living room.  TV makers are quietly fighting an OS battle for their TV sets, with a number of manufacturers diverging from Android while others double-down on it.

In the most interesting twist of 2015, Panasonic introduced the first TVs built with the Firefox OS.    Sony re-emphasized their use of Android TV, touting familiarity of Android to smartphone users. Sharp also continues using Android. LG is committed to WebOS. Samsung debuted its new Smart TV OS based on the company’s in-house Linux distribution, Tizen.

short projectorSony short throw projectors

On display in the Sony Life Space UX living room demo area, our favorite TV technology from CES 2015 were the Sony short throw projectors.  Usually a video projector needs to be 6′-8′ away from its screen to project a massive image, meaning you’ve got to mount the projector someone on the ceiling. A short throw projector is able to accomplish the same thing from a couple inches away from the wall from a tiny form factor.

Sony’s demo showed a tiny projector that is able to create a 22″-71″ screen on any wall or even in the shower. The living room version was unbelievable. A modest pedestal just a couple inches from the wall was able to cast a giant 66″-147″ 4K image on the wall.  A ceiling-mounted version in a bedroom was no bigger than a standard light fixture and projected a giant screen right on the ceiling above a bed.

2015 Losers

3D TV is a thing of the past

3D glasses or demos were conspicuously absent from the show floor. We attended all of the press conferences from the major TV manufacturers (Panasonic, Sharp, LG, Sony, Samsung ) and didn’t hear a word about 3D. Given the huge hype that 3D TV got at CES in year’s past, I think it’s fair to say that 3D TV is dead.

What’s on the next horizon

8K teasers

Hovering in all of the major TV manufacturers’ booths were 8K sets (7680 x 4320 pixels). Little was said about these super high resolution sets, other than as exotic display pieces. While TV manufacturers may master the creation of 8K sets, it is hard to imagine the content creation infrastructure catching up to that resolution any time soon, as they are just getting started creating 4K content.

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Sony to Sell TV and PC Units

Sony to Sell TV and PC Units

Yesterday, PlayStation maker Sony today announced dramatic changes to its TV and PC businesses, and announced plans to lay off 5,000 employees around the world. First, Sony announced that it will sell its VAIO PC brand, meaning the company will no longer plan, design, and develop any PC products. The Japanese company said the move came after a “comprehensive analysis of factors, including the drastic changes in the global PC industry.”

Sony Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai expanded his reorganization after failing to meet a pledge to end TV losses this year and spur a revival. Previously having announced at least 10,000 job cuts. Sony plans to focus on mobile devices, games and imaging products. Sales of Sony’s key products are declining as the company struggles to find new hits and consumers shift to mobile devices by Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc.

Sony said it had tentatively agreed to sell Vaio to Japan Industrial Partners Inc, a Japanese investment fund. It had hoped the struggling division would return to the black before the end of the current fiscal year. Its current fiscal year ends next month.

sonly-vaio-laptop-pcThe sale of Vaio is intended to help Sony better grow its mobile electronics business, which going forward would focus more on smartphones and tablets, the company said. “While Sony now anticipates that its target of returning the TV business to profitability will not be achieved within FY13 largely due to unexpected factors such as the slowdown in emerging markets and declining currency rates, the reforms executed within the TV business over the past two years are putting the business on a path to turnaround,” the company said in a statement.

Sony also announced that it would spin off its TV business, noting that it was struggling with reforming the division and that its target of returning the TV business to profitability would not be achieved by the end of the fiscal year ending March 31. It stated that it will not be selling off the business in the same way it has with its PC division. It described televisions as “still important” to the company’s overall strategy going forward.

Going forward, Sony — which has been engaged in various cost-reduction initiatives in its TV business — said it would accelerate its shift to high-end TV models.  It also said it had been reducing yearly losses in the TV business and that the reforms over the last two years “are putting the business on a path to turnaround.”

Having last turned an annual operating profit in TVs in the 12 months ended March 2004, losses for the 10 fiscal years through March 2014 add up to $7.8 billion. Sony said charges associated with the moves will combine with weaker showings than it expected in mobile phones, TVs and PCs to pitch it into a net loss this fiscal year of $1.1 billion.

Sony is hoping that 4K will prove to be the lifeline for the television industry. Sony has the largest marketshare in the ultra-high-definition market in both Japan and the United States. As part of the PC and TV moves, Sony said it expected to cut about 5,000 jobs — 1,500 in Japan and 3,500 overseas — by the end of March 31, 2015.

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