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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Share of the $1.3 billion video-on-demand (VOD) revenue generated by multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD) in 2012 continued to be dominated by cable-TV operators, with 56 percent of the overall market, according to report issued Monday by The NPD Group.
NPD’s “2012 VideoWatch VOD Report” showed satellite-TV operators ranked second, with 27 percent share, while telecom operators had 18 percent through the year.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
FRAMINGHAM, MASS. – The rest of the world with catch up with the U.S. in 2012 when global shipments of smartphones will exceed feature-phone shipments for the first time, IDC forecast.
In the U.S., smartphones first outsold feature phones in 2011, with the first quarter of that year marking the first quarter that smartphones dominated, the research and consulting company said.
Arlington, Va. – Consumer confidence in the overall economy and technology took a hit in February as consumers remain skittish over ongoing economic issues impacting the country, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
The CEA’s Index of Consumer Expectations fell 2.7 points in February to 165.3. This is the second consecutive month confidence in the broader economy has dropped.
Also enduring a decline this month is the CEA’s Index of Consumer Technology Expectations, which fell 5.6 points to 77.4.
WASHINGTON — Sales at CE and appliance stores rose 1.3 percent in January to an estimated $8.4 billion, the U.S. Commerce Department reported.
In contrast, sales edged up just 0.2 percent from December, the agency said.
The increase may reflect the impact of last month’s Super Bowl, which was the third-largest sales period for TVs in 2012, according to The NPD Group.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — U.S. CE sales slipped 2 percent last year to $143 billion, The NPD Group reported, although the fourth quarter showed a slight year-over- year uptick.
The decline was the second consecutive dip for the CE market, and steepened from the less than 1 percent slip in 2011, the market research firm said. Tech sales have fallen by $4 billion since 2010.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. — More than half a million 4K by 2K (Ultra High-Definition) TVs will ship worldwide in 2013, growing to more than 7 million by 2016, according to a report from NPD Group’s DisplaySearch unit.
The findings, which are part of the firm’s latest “Quarterly TV Design and Features Report” tracking TV manufacturers in their bid to convince consumers to transition to the next-generation display technology as they begin to upgrade older digital TV models.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Twelve percent of U.S. TV watchers reported streaming TV shows for free during the prior three months, compared with 14 percent who watched a TV show via subscription video on demand (SVOD), according to a new streaming media study from The NPD Group.
FRAMINGHAM, MASS. – The Apple iPad has not lost its edge, but it is a bit duller.
The research firm IDC reported Apple is still the top tablet vendor, shipping 22.9 million units globally during the fourth quarter, a 48.1 percent increase over the same period last year. The company ended the quarter with 43.6 percent of the market.
Overall, 52.5 million tablets were shipped worldwide, a 75 percent jump year over year. IDC analysts credited the wider array of tablets now available for the increase.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. – Strong demand for tablet computers was not enough to offset a 5.6 percent drop in CE sales the week of Thanksgiving, The NPD Group reported.
The report, which excludes Amazon Kindle products, iPads, Surface computers, mobile phones and video games, spans the Saturdays before and after Thanksgiving Day and includes Black Friday.
The downturn follows a nearly 4 percent decrease in 2011.
PORTLAND, ORE. — Factory-level sales of amplified soundbars will grow at strong doubledigit percentage rates in units and dollars through 2015, driven by ease of use, poor flat-TV audio performance, the continuing replacement of CRT TVs with flat-screen TVs, and a widening selection of soundbars at prices ranging from $79 to $2,199, Quixel Research forecasts.