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Date: 04.05.2017
The always-connected, ubiquitous internet has transformed the music business. For the first time ever, streaming music platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music have generated the majority of the music industry’s revenue in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2016, estimated retail revenues for...
Date: 12.30.2016
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is an annual bellwether for consumer trends and broadband-enabled technology. Each year, the hot trends for gadgets, gizmos and consumer tech are forecasted that will be highlighted at the show. Here’s this year’s list, courtesy of CTA’s chief economist Shawn DuBravac. Voice...
Date: 12.16.2016
This year when Santa pays a midnight visit to American homes, his bag could be stuffed with plenty of Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets. Trade publication TWICE recently surveyed tech-savvy shoppers at various consumer electronic stores and found that 27 percent expect to buy smart lighting in the next year. Smart thermostats are on the shopping...
Date: 11.02.2016
Viewers will go over the top, if the price is right. Consumers want their TV content anytime, anywhere on all their devices, but they aren’t willing to pay for the over-the-top (OTT) video experience unless the price is right. And “right” means less than what cable and satellite TV providers charge. Although interest in OTT...
Date: 09.13.2016
Once you get home with your smartphone or tablet, chances are you connect to your Wi-Fi network to access the internet. Referred to as “home roaming,” this common practice helps make iOS and Android devices the most significant generator of traffic for fixed-access broadband services in North American homes. iPhones, Android devices...
Date: 09.09.2016
The average online adult in the U.S. has more than four connected gadgets. And for a third of adults, one of those devices is a smart, internet-connected TV, according to Forrester Research’s State of Consumers and Technology: Benchmark 2016 survey. Connected devices and consumer electronics, such as laptop PCs, smartphones, tablets and...
Date: 09.08.2016
For the past two years, two of the largest licensing clearinghouses, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) have been negotiating with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to gain more control over fees for their artists’ work that is shared with digital services. These organizations,...
Date: 09.01.2016
Digital music services like Spotify and Pandora may be favored by their listeners, yet for songwriters, singers and publishers, sharing their music with audio streaming services may not be such a sweet deal. Several music artists and songwriters believe that the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act does not allow for a fair share of profits...
Date: 08.30.2016
Cord cutters are not the prime movers of the over-the-top video market. In fact, they make up only 13 percent of the streaming video universe, according to a new study by J.D. Power. Even video customers who have never subscribed to a cable or satellite TV service make up a mere 4 percent of “streamies” - consumers who watch movies...
Date: 08.02.2016
Streaming music is becoming increasingly popular as the digital music industry grows quickly. A study from Park Associates states that 66% of U.S. households with broadband service use streaming music and 26% of those individuals subscribe to a paid audio streaming service. Surprisingly, according to Park Associates, the top spot goes to Amazon...

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