CES 2012 Show Review Available as Free Download from Futuresource Consulting

Top Quote Following a much-anticipated week at CES, Futuresource analysts have produced a report now available for free download. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 02, 2012 - Futuresource analysts spent a much-anticipated week at CES checking out what's new and what's hot across the consumer electronics spectrum, and compiled a report highlighting the key themes and trends entering the marketplace in 2012 and beyond. This report is now available for free download.

    Here's a snapshot of what they found:

    * Smart TV undoubtedly held centre stage with the speed of convergence posing both opportunities and challenges to the content industry in terms of traditional PC vs. TV platform boundaries.

    * Smart TV is integrating into a multi-platform offering alongside smartphones, tablets and PCs, with content sharing across devices and from the Cloud a major theme.

    * Strong emphasis on Smart TV user interface, intuitive remote control and navigation, exploiting on-screen graphics, motion control and voice and gesture recognition.

    * Flat panel display developments are driving a continued trend to larger TV screens, offering an enhanced home theatre experience without the need for projectors and darkened rooms.

    * Ever-thinner TV displays boosted interest in speakers, soundbars and home theatre systems.

    * TV manufacturers continue to strengthen their 3D propositions.

    * Auto-stereoscopic 3DTV was on show but is still some way behind on quality and will need another few years development before moving mainstream.

    * Apple AirPlay is having a major impact on digital speakers with most vendors now embracing the feature.

    * Networking, apps and Smart TV features are being added to the Blu-ray hardware product range, and most major brands are also now marketing standalone digital media streamers, some with app capability.

    * Content and media partnerships and new deal announcements were a major theme of this year's CES.

    * Hardware vendors were heavily promoting Cloud-based content solutions, multi-platform networking, sharing and local interaction between handheld devices and TV.

    * The main impetus for connected CE growth is coming from major video brands, notably Netflix, YouTube and Hulu+, who are effectively competing for viewing time with pay-TV, video sell-through and rental.

    * CES welcomed an array of Ultrabook announcements from all major PC vendors, backed up with major marketing campaigns.

    * Key developments in the digital camera and camcorder segment centred on wireless connectivity and the cloud, including smartphone-like features integrated into new models.

    Visit http://www.futuresource-consulting.com/ces2012 to find out more and download the report for free.

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