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Research: Online piracy and counterfeiting pose complex problems

A sampling of only 22 brands revealed that websites offering pirated digital content and counterfeit goods generate more than 53 billion visits per year, according to research carried out by enterprise brand protection specialist MarkMonitor. Sites offering pirated digital content draw the lion’s share of the 53 billion annual visits while sites selling counterfeit goods, […]

January 11, 2011

Research: Mobile broadband users to hit 1bn in 2011

Mobile broadband subscriptions are on track to surpass 1 billion in 2011 only months after reaching half a billion, Ericsson has reported, highlighting a key growth driver for the telecom sector. “During the course of 2010, a significant milestone in terms of mobile broadband subscriptions was reached as their number surpassed the half-a-billion mark globally,” […]

January 11, 2011

Shanghai reports 1.3m IPTV subs

Shanghai now has over 1.3 million IPTV subscribers, according to local media group Radio and Television Shanghai. Zhang Jian, an official at BesTV, a subsidiary of Radio and Television Shanghai, commented that the development of IPTV has facilitated China’s ongoing efforts towards the establishment of digital TV in the country, and the future of next-generation […]

January 11, 2011

Canada a test bed for online consumption

The results of a video-streaming study dubbed Project Canada show, not surprisingly, that online movie and TV streaming services can boost broadband data usage. One surprise finding is that consumers make decisions about balancing their media consumption habits – and bills – among over-the-air (OTA), cable and over-the-top (OTT) services. The online media study was […]

January 11, 2011

Web Users: Internet better value than cable TV

Regular Internet users in the US overwhelmingly agree that the Internet provides better value than cable television. A survey by Rasmussen Reports found that 72 per cent of adults who go online at least once a week say the Internet is a better value for the dollar than cable TV. Just 10 per cent say […]

January 10, 2011

Digital fails to lift DVD sales

The digital distribution of film and music failed to offset sharp falls in sales of CDs and DVDs in 2010, with media groups fearing that concerns about the long-term health of high street retailers such as HMV could intensify pressure on the industry over the next 12 months. In the US, total spending on filmed […]

January 7, 2011

Global broadband subs hit 509m, IPTV subs surpasses 40m

Year on year growth rates of 6.7 per cent have taken broadband subscription to 508,761,837 in the third quarter of 2010, according to figures prepared by Point Topic and revealed by the Broadband Forum in its Global Broadband and IPTV Industry Update. Over 14.3 million lines were added in the third quarter alone, representing 2.88 […]

January 7, 2011

Cloud media key to success of Internet connected devices

International research firm Parks Associates predicts cloud media and expanded content and service options will be key to the long-term success of the connected tablets and Internet-connectable CE. “Consumers are interested in the cloud for premium and personal content,” said Kurt Scherf, VP, principal analyst, Parks Associates. “Annual sales of Internet-connectable TV devices will reach […]

January 7, 2011

Research: Users seek high-quality streaming content from connected devices

A Strategy Analytics Digital Home Observatory report which evaluated connected media players, has found that consumers are most concerned with high-quality streaming capabilities as well as the total number of content and services available to them. This study covered the usability and usefulness of Roku XDS, Google TV, Apple TV and Boxee. Participants felt that […]

January 6, 2011

M&A to be key driver of digital transformation for media companies in 2011

Fifty per cent of all Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) by value in the media sector for the year took place in Q4 of 2010, according to advisory firm PwC, who have suggested that this increased activity in Q4 2010 shows signs that the recovery is strengthening in Media M&A. PwC expects the upswing to sustain […]

January 6, 2011