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  • A tale of disruptive technology impact

    by David Mercer | Jan 22, 2007
    Loewe AG, the German manufacturer of high end TVs and consumer electronics, announced 2006 results today. Sales were up 7% to €341m, and the company made EBIT p... ...
  • The convergence boom continues

    by David Mercer | Jan 18, 2007
    Another convergence merger is announced. Arris and Tandberg are to join forces: as they put it, "The newly created company will have the scale and the critical ... ...
  • Back in the real world…

    by David Mercer | Jan 14, 2007
    ...after the out-of-this-world experience of Las Vegas, that is. A visit to retirement-age parents in suburban Essex is a good way to be reminded of the down-to... ...
  • Some CES photos

    by David Mercer | Jan 12, 2007
    Sorry for the delay, but finally here are a few photos from CES. The full selection is reserved for Strategy Analytics clients, but I hope these are of interest... ...
  • Leaving CES

    by David Mercer | Jan 11, 2007
    Some final thoughts on the Show as we head back to the UK.I covered the LG dual-format BD/HD-DVD launch, and this got a lot of general press attention. The real... ...
  • CES: Internet TV

    by David Mercer | Jan 10, 2007
    A dominant theme at CES is what I call Internet TV (as opposed to IPTV, which tends to refer to managed, operator-delivered services). Microsoft have confirmed ... ...
  • CES continued: Slideshow, Hitachi, SlingMedia

    by David Mercer | Jan 09, 2007
    Vista is a big part of the show of course. One interesting aspect of the new OS is the Sideshow feature. This extends selected capabilities of the PC to a varie... ...
  • Digital Experience

    by David Mercer | Jan 08, 2007
    Some bits and pieces from today's press conferences and tonight's excellent Digital Experience press event (I should point out that Strategy Analytics clients w... ...
  • Early CES highlights

    by David Mercer | Jan 07, 2007
    A few tasters from tonight's media preview:3D headsets from TDVision: take any video content processed on a PC and transform them into a 3D image using a dual-i... ...
  • CE sales boom is ending

    by David Mercer | Jan 06, 2007
    I just returned from the CEA's overview of the state of the CE industry, and their forecasts for 2007 confirm our own views - that sales growth will decline sig... ...
  • Digital media sharing

    by David Mercer | Jan 03, 2007
    I won't often post just to publicise our research, but I thought this was useful in view of the many announcements at CES likely to focus on media sharing. We j... ...
  • This week’s lucky number

    by David Mercer | Jan 03, 2007
    2 million seems to be everybody's favourite statistic this week. Sky announced 2 million Sky+ installations in the UK, and Microsoft was reported as having sold... ...
  • Nokia’s N73 to the rescue

    by David Mercer | Dec 30, 2006
    A brief tale to illustrate how a single event can demonstrate the power of the mobile Internet. My family and I were queuing for tickets at the London Eye. The ... ...
  • Sky Plus

    by David Mercer | Dec 29, 2006
    The BBC's primetime consumer rights programme, Watchdog, has been featuring BSkyB's digital TV PVR service, Sky+, in recent weeks. According to the presenters t... ...
  • CES - first thoughts

    by David Mercer | Dec 22, 2006
    The world's biggest consumer technology show kicks off again in Las Vegas January 8th, although I'll be there from the 6th for the press build-up. I guess it's ... ...
  • Pricing and the PS3

    by David Mercer | Dec 21, 2006
    One thing people continually fail to predict accurately is pricing. I have included myself in this in the past and we strive harder to improve. So much analysi... ...
  • Internet TV

    by David Mercer | Dec 21, 2006
    So I thought I’d start out with a few personal perspectives, bugbears and gripes to kick things off. That way you’ll get to know me a little more personally, an... ...
  • Kicking off this blog

    by David Mercer | Dec 21, 2006
    This blog will offer a personal perspective on developments that are changing how consumers access and use digital media and devices and how companies are maxim... ...