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Stewart Wolpin is a blogger for DTC
Thanks to a wave of connected TVs, media streamer set-top boxes and the recent introduction of Google TV by both Sony and Logitech, the way consumers buy and watch television is undergoing a radically fundamental change. This change is buoyed by the usual spate of new set-top boxes and services, hampered by the usual spate of consumer confusion, and accompanied by the usual spate of intended
In a typically bad reference to very good Shakespeare NPD’s recently completed Wireless Printing Survey (and HP’s Innovation event a couple of months ago in NYC) force us to ask that age old question.
NPD’s Retail Tracking Service shows that consumers are increasingly making the choice to buy wireless printers. Since early 2010 more than 50 percent of MFPs sold at retail were wireless. It also shows that they want to spend their money on wireless printers,
Mobile video phones are the star players in DTC’s forecast of more than 1 billion MPEG-4 AVC products estimated to ship into the marketplace in 2010. But the standard is also doing its fair share to brush up the sales of more traditional consumer electronics products as consumer appetite for HD increases.
Advanced video compression merely makes the fact of video playback possible on mobile phones because of the ability to squeeze more bits into a small and error-prone
Having just returned from my annual Black Friday morning shopping trip I am struggling to suppress a yawn. Not just because I got up at 2:45AM, but because I have to confess, once again, that I just didn’t see anything as I shopped today that either changes my general outlook on the holiday for tech or provides a window into how aggressively consumers may be shopping for electronics. As I said last year, giving away highly-desirable products in limited quantities for
Advertisers should be grateful for a small bone TiVo tossed its way. The Alviso, Calif., company’s newest digital video recorder, TiVo Premiere, enables the viewer to touch the remote’s Advance button to turn a 30-second commercial into a drive-by skip lasting all of one second. Unlike fast forward, play resumes automatically. The function is cumulative, so pressing Advance in rapid-fire fashion empowers the user to take out a 3-minute block of ads for a 6-second spin.
It was an otherwise innocuous press release: Display Search noted “3D TV Not Growing as Fast as TV Makers Expected in 2010,” the company slightly cutting shipments projections from 3.4 million units in the U.S. this year to 3.2 million units. Not a shock; initial forecasts of a new technology often are overly
About 2 ½ years ago, I faced the painful conclusion that too few of my planning clients were achieving their planning goals. I say painful because I had to at least consider my role given the fact that I was their planning consultant. However I quickly regained my consultant equilibrium concluding that it wasn’t the plan but rather plan execution. In other words, to the credit of consultants everywhere, don’t look at me!
Well, they didn’t
NPD has released its Consumer Technology Black Friday week sales data, and based on my analysis I think the most reasonable conclusion is to view the results as a glass being half full. Yes, the overall sales (in dollars) were down, but the pockets of strength we saw were surprising, and in my view encouraging, at least if are willing to look beyond Dec 25th.
In the spirit of the web, however, we probably ought to get to the bad news first. Sales remain a bit weak, as they have
Surviving as a small consumer electronics business in today’s economy is not an easy task. With increasing competition, limited resources and technologies continuously evolving, small CE businesses seem to have the odds working against them. However, two qualities seem to exist in every successful business; the ability to embrace change and a willingness to ask tough questions. Embracing change is often the more transparent of the two.
Quickly it becomes apparent that your
It’s no longer just for the big shots ensconced in expensively equipped board rooms. High-speed IP networks, low-cost web cams and improved video compression are letting the rest of us in on video conferencing and video chatting.
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