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Service Provider Home Networks: 71m Households by 2012

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Service providers are rapidly increasing their deployments of residential gateways for connected home applications, says a new report by Parks Associates. The number of households worldwide with service provider-deployed residential gateway solutions could grow to more than 71m by Q4 2012.

 “Service providers worldwide are scrambling to add value to broadband, communications, and other services,” says Kurt Scherf, Parks Associates’ Vice President and Principal Analyst.

The strategy for residential gateway and other CPE deployments starts with value-added features such as multiroom DVR and streaming multimedia applications, enhanced communications features, and home monitoring. Go Networks in the Home

JVC & Funai Make A Deal

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JVC and Funai Electric enter a wide-ranging business alliance in video equipment.

Not a stock and cash deal like last year’s JVC/Kenwood merger deal, this is an operating alliance where the two companies look for cost-savings in both development and production.

Funai will entrust production of LCD televisions to JVC’s factory for the Americas (in Mexico.) Funai Electric will also give the development of LCD televisions to be sold primarily in Europe to JVC by June 2008.

JVC will let Funai’s European factory in Poland produce its LCD televisions by the first half of 2008.

The two companies will jointly develop LCD televisions to be sold by JVC primarily in Europe and Americas. Funai will launch the production of these by second half of 2008.

The two will seek a joint purchasing strategy and share distribution infrastructure. They will also cooperate in production, after-sales service and environmental protection.

For more info, go JVC & Funai Deal

Panasonic’s Neo PDP and the 150” Plasma

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At ISE, Panasonic showed for the first time in Europe, the prototype of the world’s largest Flat Panel Display, 150-inch advanced high definition (HD) PDP.

Maybe even larger than the world’s largest flat panel display was the promise, the commitment Panasonic showed to a new generation, Neo PDP.

Panasonic had shown for the first time the 103” Full High Definition Plasma at the CES in Las Vegas in January 2006. This product became commercial in October 2006, one year and three months ago. Despite many prototypes from different brands being show-cased, the Panasonic 103” is still the largest flat panel display commercially available on the market.

Panasonic now leads the professional large display market with the 150-inch PDP, which an 8.84 million pixel resolution (4096 x 2160) - more than 4X the 1080p FHD specification (1920 x 1080).

The prototype is as large as nine 50-inch Plasma displays with an effective viewing area of 3.31 m (W) x 1.87 m (H).

The prototype gave Panasonic spokesmen an opportunity to talk to the press about their new next-gen PDP factories and their plans for a new generation. “After all, Plasma is still a young technology,” explained one executive.

“Neo PDP” will be a new generation of Plasma that combines advances in cell structure, process technology, and new drive technology.  The impact is that NEO PDP will save power, double the luminance efficiency, allow for larger sizes and thinner models.

Panasonic is passionate and committed to Plasma while others drop out.

For more info, go to Panasonic PDP


About Us

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Changed in 2008, CONSUMER I.T. was chosen as the new name for five-year-old enewsletter called MULTIMEDIA I.T., part of Channel Media Europe Ltd. The eNewsletter targets an audience of European computer retailers (and the distributors who serve them) and particularly those who need international news on products & trends.

MULTIMEDIA I.T. was a good name: instead of describing the customer, it attempted to focus us on what customers would want from us, from our industry. Back then, you still had to explain the future was in video. It seems so hard to relate to that now. Many people thought “Multimedia” meant our Audio/Video title (no, that’s called rAVe Europe.) So we changed our name the same way Apple dropped the word “computer” from theirs. Bob Snyder

Much has happened in five years. The consumer side of the market outstripped the B2B side, just as we predicted. Innovation for consumers leads even the enterprises and the big consultants (Forrester, Gartner and others) are making a bundle trying to explain this to enterprises. No longer can a company lock consumer technology out of its doors.

Oddly enough, one of the companies that has done the most to break that barrier was one of the companies that suffered most for it. The classic MAC of the 1980s, the computer that many users loved, was shunned by corporate I.T. managers who hated having a stranger in their midst. Apple’s iconic iPOD forced many enterprises into “podcasting,” iPhones opened the door to enterprise and iPad is being embraced as an acceptable corporate tool.

Once upon a time PC retailers were ignored as superfluous. Mass merchants not even considered. E-tailers unheard of. Today our consumer technology is everywhere. Retailers/Etailers (and the distributors who feed them) are powerful organizations with clout that can even scare the vendors.

GfK and other researchers will tell you the plight of retail today: they make little profit or nothing off most PC sales. They hardly ever got started in software, except for a small range of known brands. Therefore, they depend on a wide range of peripherals, accessories, and a future in services.. In fact, they now depend upon a growing number of SKUs to keep pace with the requisite sales and profit. They depend upon innovation. They depend upon international sourcing.

Our definition of “pan-European readers” is quite different than what you might hear from others. Our pan-European readers are not pan-European because they live in the different markets within EMEA. No, ours are pan-European because we are catering to those buyers, those business executives in our industry that have to leave their home countries (from time-to-time) to find, attract, and hold supplier and distributor relationships.

It’s our thought that if a buyer never leaves his home country (let’s say for discussion, Germany), then he probably can find the news and information he needs in his local German trade media. On the other hand, if that buyer visits our stand at Computex, listens to our keynotes at RetailVision Europe, attends the European Buyers Lounge we sponsor at CES, or reads our channel editorial in CeBIT NEWS when in Hannover…that type of buyer, that special “pan-European” reader needs the wider perspective that CONSUMER I.T. brings.

Consumer IT International reason

I’d like to think that we have one of the best “overviews” of the channel side of the industry. We tend to go wide (checking other related industries) and collect our news from the strangest sources (that often turn out to be prophetic or at least illustrative). Many different market research companies (and other press) tell us they appreciate our views, but we’re not a research company. We tend to take the same news that rattles around and we find the significance that many others miss. Particularly the significance for the retail channel where our folks are so busy competing to stay alive.

We can see the appreciation on their faces during the 20+ speeches we make each year to audiences of European retailers, resellers, and distributors.

Bob Snyder,  Editor-in-Chief

Google's Android Prototypes Show Up in Europe

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AndroidTexas Instruments, Qualcomm and ARM stands all had demos of Google’s Android at GSMA World Congress.

Naturally these stands were packed out with “Google-eyed” visitors but really there is nothing to see. Yes, you could see ARM’s prototype but it’s a welcome screen featuring a plain black background with a series of generic icons along the bottom. And yes, the icons open features like the Web browser, calendar, messaging, Gmail access and Google Maps.

But Android is a platform, not a phone. And the design depends on the developer. Get a Vertu version and you’ll probably get a sleek machine. Get Motorola and you could get a Razr or a bow-wow.

The reason for the fuss over Android should be because the platform is moving ahead.

Go Android

$10 million in Awards for Android Developers

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