Understanding the future of entertainment
Tony Maroulis, Julien Theys - 12/09/17
Apple states its vision for the iPhone's next 10 years

At its 2017 Fall event held on September 12, Apple announced a series of new products:

  • An update to the Apple watch, now “series 3”, including a first version that includes direct cellular connectivity while maintaining an all day battery life
  • A 4K Apple TV supporting High Dynamic Range image quality accompanied by a general availability of 4K movie titles on the iTunes store. Movies previously purchased in HD will automatically be upgraded to 4k when available.

Apple has also distanced itself further from the original single product concept, launching two new iPhone lines.

  • New, faster iPhones 8 and 8 Plus keeping the same form factor as the iPhone 7 range, but featuring glass backs, improved displays and cameras, wireless charging (using the Qi standard) and faster processors.
  • An all new iPhone X, which marquee features are an edge to edge display and a 3D face technology used for authentification in lieu of the Touch ID home button. This innovation comes at a price, starting at $999.

Using Ampere Consumer data, the infographic below provides an overview of the market dynamics currently at play for smartphones, tablets and streaming boxes in seven countries across the world.

Keiran Suchak - 30/08/17
Seasonal changes in the genres of box office releases

Over the course of the calendar year, the proportions of movies released that fall under each genre vary. There are a number of different seasonal effects that impact how both these proportions vary, and how the box office takings of each genre vary.

Richard Broughton - 24/08/17
Script Savvy - is a scripted TV demographic skew aiding SVoD?

Ampere crunches social media data to look at demographic skews across fans of scripted series airing on broadcast networks, basic cable, premium TV and subscription OTT services, and finds that subscription OTT services have the best demographic balance amongst their current slate of scripted shows.

Alex Varatharajah - 11/08/17
Hoo-ray! Blu-ray here to-stay!

Blu-ray Disc pricing holds strong during the "50 Must See Movies Before You Grow Up" promotion across UK retailers

Guy Bisson - 10/08/17
Channels in strong negotiating position for US streaming pay TV?

US streaming pay TV packages offered by virtual Multiple System Operators (vMSOs) generate almost three times the revenue per channel of traditional pay TV. Combined with lower subscriber acquisition costs for operators this should put channel owners in a strong negotiating position, although a focus on stronger brands to drive early uptake means the economics may not always stack up for pay TV providers.

Toby Holleran - 3/08/17
eSports: An investment game

Ampere chronicles some notable investments from internet giants and telecoms operators in the eSports and online gaming sector.

Richard Cooper - 2/08/17
Windowing strategies: The devil is in the detail

Though the formula for releasing new movies is well understood, as a product moves further into its life-cycle exploitation strategies used by US studios are more opaque. Analysing price changes in the context of movie windowing allows us to compere the movie exploitation strategies currently in use.

Richard Broughton - 27/07/17
Spot the difference - cable and telco revenue mixes converge

Cable operators and telcos are becoming increasingly similar in the fixed sector, as product upsell changes their revenue mix.