A live concert in Fortnite shows why Netflix is right to be worried

A live concert in Fortnite shows why Netflix is right to be worried

We recently published a Thematic Signal in which we discussed the comment from Netflix management why it isn’t so worried about HBO, but rather Fortnite. If there was any doubt it was put to rest in the form a recent live concert held inside Fortnite that drew “25 times as many people that attended Woodstock in […]

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By 2022 Cisco predicts nearly 5 zettabytes of IP traffic per year 

By 2022 Cisco predicts nearly 5 zettabytes of IP traffic per year 

Cisco Systems says more traffic will be created in 2022 than in the first 32 years since the internet started. That’s a powerful tailwind for our Digital Infrastructure investing theme that is being led by our Digital Lifestyle and Disruptive Innovators investing themes. 

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Facebook’s Content is King effort Watch goes live… will you watch it? 

Facebook’s Content is King effort Watch goes live… will you watch it? 

  We’ve seen a number of companies, like Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) look to position themselves within our Content is King investing theme. It’s a smart strategy as that proprietary content is a competitive moat that helps reduce customer churn. With Watch, Facebook (FB) is looking to push into streaming video and vie with Alphabet’s […]

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Alibaba to invest big time in entertainment taking on Netflix and Amazon

Alibaba to invest big time in entertainment taking on Netflix and Amazon

2016 was a year of marked investment in content from the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Alphabet. But there are more companies entering the fray including Facebook and even Apple. Given the global thirst for content, which both Amazon and Netflix are aiming to cater to, it comes as little surprise that Alibaba is looking […]

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Facebook to copy Amazon and Netflix with original video programming

Facebook to copy Amazon and Netflix with original video programming

We’ve long suspected Facebook would eventually move past short video advertising into longer format programming to capture an even greater portion of the video advertising dollars that are fleeing traditional broadcast TV. It’s got the user base and aims to improve that monetization. Video content, especially outside the US, is a solid strategy to do […]

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AT&T CEO puts DirecTV Now at $35/month, but…

AT&T CEO puts DirecTV Now at $35/month, but…

AT&T has been all over the news the last several days, and the news flow continues today when fresh from yesterday’s conference call to discuss the merger with Time Warner,  CEO Randall Stephenson shared its soon to launch DirecTV Now video streaming service will cost $35 per month. Details were rather sparse and we expect […]

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#RumorHasIt Instagram Will Have Live Video Feature

#RumorHasIt Instagram Will Have Live Video Feature

As Facebook continues to flex and expand the offering on its platforms — Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp – and video becoming a driver of advertising revenue, we would not be surprised to find that yes, Instagram is indeed offering live video capabilities. Facebook already has it as does Twitter with Periscope, and it would be […]

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US Over the Top Video Users Approach Saturation Point

US Over the Top Video Users Approach Saturation Point

Streaming video continues to grow as does consumer spending on streaming video services. That trend has led Hulu to drop its free streaming service in favor of a subscription business model. Increasingly Hulu is looking more and more like Content is King company Netflix. How long until there is so much proprietary content that we’ll be thinking once […]

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Smartphone data usage to climb to 8.9 GB per month by 2021, driving demand for Connected Society companies

Smartphone data usage to climb to 8.9 GB per month by 2021, driving demand for Connected Society companies

No slowdown expected in mobile data consumption as more smartphones are sold and carriers deploy faster mobile networks globally. A rather compelling view for our Connected Society and its going global. Implication for smartphone vendors, RF chip companies, mobile infrastructure equipment and many more as newer mobile technologies are deployed. According to the recently published Ericsson […]

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