CCS Insight

CCS: VR and AR device sales to drop in 2018 despite long-term promise

Sales of virtual and augmented reality headsets and glasses will decline year-on-year in 2018 before returning to growth in 2019, according to a new forecast by CCS Insight. The research firm said that there is still “significant work” to be done to improve the user experience, software platforms and content availability of VR and AR, […]

CCS predictions: 5G headaches and Netflix cinemas

Global analyst firm CCS Insight has unveiled a series of thought-provoking predictions for 2019 and beyond at its annual event in Central London. Among its more interesting media-related forecasts is that SVOD platform Netflix will open its own branded cinema by 2022, a move that will allow it to diversify and promote its catalogue and […]

CCS Insight: 5G connections to reach 1bn in 2023

The number of 5G connections worldwide will surpass 1 billion in the first half of 2023 and reach 2.7 billion by 2025 – the equivalent to one in five mobile connections. This is according to research firm CCS Insight, which raised its near-term expectations for 5G connections following a number of operator moves. It predicts […]

Smartphone vendors facing tough times as sales flatten

Smartphone sales are set to fall in developed markets, leading to flat mobile phone sales growth overall this year as vendors await the arrival of 5G to reignite the market, according to research group CCS Insight. According to CCS Insight, global mobile phone sales will grow by just 0.2% this year to reach 1.95 billion […]

CCS Insight: 22 million VR and AR headsets to be sold this year

Virtual and augmented reality headsets and glasses will reach sales of 22 million units this year and will grow fivefold to 121 million in 2022, according to CCS Insight. The research firm forecasts that smartphone VR will account for the bulk of the sales volume but dedicated VR devices will drive more revenue. The VR […]

CCS Insight: 5G connections to reach 60m in 2020

CCS Insight has raised its forecast for 5G rollouts after strong industry momentum in the last six months – but says that Europe continues to trail the early adoption of the US and Asia. The research firm now forecasts that there will be almost 60 million global 5G connections in 2020, up more than 50% on its […]

Discovery signs TIM as first Olympics ‘official mobile broadcaster’

Discovery has teamed with Telecom Italia (TIM) in what the pair describe as a a ‘first of its kind’ Olympic Games partnership focused on mobile TV. Discovery says that the TIM agreement is the first of a new kind of digitally-focused deal that will offer exclusive and differentiated content to mobile operators across Europe. An […]

CSS: VR and 4K to dominate at IBC

Virtual reality and 4K video will be among the major themes at IBC this year, according to research firm CCS Insight. According to CCS’s research note, until 2018 most people’s first experience of 4K TV services will come from web and telecom players, not traditional broadcasters. “Brands from the telecom industry, such as BT, and […]

CCS Insight: dedicated VR headset sales to grow tenfold by 2020

Global sales of smartphone VR headsets will grow fivefold and sales of dedicated VR headsets will grow tenfold by 2020, according to CCS Insight. The research firm said that sales of smartphone VR devices – including Google’s Cardboard products and more advanced devices like Samsung’s Gear VR headset – have already exceeded its earlier expectations. […]

Netflix remains ‘benchmark’ but rivals circling, say analysts

Netflix remains “the benchmark for its rivals” despite its poor second quarter financial results, according to analysts. Paolo Pescatore at CCS Insight said this was the case and that the streaming giant traditionally struggles in Q2 because of seasonal trends. He added that he expected “the outlook to remain challenging owing to competition, the 2016 Olympic Games and […]