2021 media and entertainment industry outlook

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Since spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has been accelerating structural challenges and trends that have long faced the media and entertainment (M&E) industry. Kevin Westcott, Deloitte’s US Tech, Media, and Telecom leader, explores the biggest media trends for 2021 and shares his entertainment industry analysis.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming arrives on iOS with some Apple restrictions

Article | August 4, 2022

Microsoft is expanding its Project xCloud service to the iPhone today. The software giant is launching a beta of xCloud through Apple’s TestFlight service, allowing xCloud testers to try the service on an iPhone or iPad. It’s the first time we’ve seen a cloud game streaming service appear on iOS since the days of OnLive — and OnLive’s iOS app wound up in limbo when Apple didn’t approve it. Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are still not available on Apple’s devices, either, and neither company has been able to tell us when that might change.

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Apple's AR & VR headset may not need external input for orientation & motion detection

Article | June 14, 2021

Apple is continuing to investigate headsets like its "AR Glasses," as part of its exploration of Augmented and Virtual Reality systems. One such headset in future may utilize sensors that can detect angular rotation, such as that experienced when the device is placed on a user's head or removed. "[It] may be beneficial for the VR headset to be able to detect when a head-worn device (e.g., headset, eyeglasses, headphones, etc.) is being removed from the user's head, is being placed on the user's head, or both," says Apple in US Patent No. 10,557,724, "Angle detection of a rotating system using a single magnet and multiple hall sensors."

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Game On: These Entertainment Stocks Hit New Levels

Article | June 22, 2021

Some Chinese entertainment stocks listed in the U.S. got a boost last week after the People Bank of China (PBOC) said it would pump $173 billion into the economy. Since news of the report from Beijing hit the street, one of the biggest gainers was Chinese gaming giant NetEase Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES) NetEase, a partner of California-based Blizzard Entertainment in China, traded as low as $317.48 per American depositary share within the last couple of weeks, and soared as high as $347.95 apiece last week. NetEase rolled out its international presence in recent years in Japan and North America, lowering its China dependency.

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The Future of Tech: Gaming Consoles, the Xbox and PlayStation of Tomorrow

Article | February 10, 2020

Consoles have come a very long way since the arrival of first-generation machines from Atari and Coleco in the seventies. Even the original PlayStation (1994) and Xbox (2001) look dated compared to the 4K/HDR-capable machines of today, and that divide will grow even larger once the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X arrive at the end of 2020. But what about the future? More than once console makers have tried to break new ground, by focusing on functionality beyond gaming, but for the most part those attempts have failed. Nintendo has found the most success with specialized hardware that still focuses on games first, while Sony and Microsoft have seemingly understood that building powerful general purpose machines that are akin to PCs is their best and safest bet.

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Charge Into the Virtual World With Turtle Beach’s Fuel Compact VR Charging Station for Meta Quest 2 – Now Available

Turtle Beach Corporation | November 24, 2022

Best-selling gaming headset and accessories maker Turtle Beach Corporation (Nasdaq: HEAR) today announced its Turtle Beach® Fuel Compact VR Charging Station for Meta Quest 2 is now available globally. The Fuel Compact VR Charging Station provides both power and convenient, compact storage for the Meta Quest 2 headset and its controllers ensuring that VR gamers’ devices are fully charged and ready for hours of play. With two 20-hour battery packs for the controllers, VR gamers never miss a beat, while the magnetic charging system keeps the headset and controllers in-place, charged up, and ready for deep and immersive VR gaming. The Fuel Compact VR Charging Station for Meta Quest 2 is available now from www.turtlebeach.com and participating retailers for $79.99 (£69.99/€79.99) MSRP. 2022 has further cemented Turtle Beach as a full portfolio gaming accessories brand. Our brand of best-selling headsets and top-rated controllers and simulation products now reaches into new categories with launch of the Fuel VR charging station, “This year we’ve delivered big achievements supporting our vision for expanding Turtle Beach beyond being the best-selling gaming headset brand. We’ve expanded our award-winning game controller and flight simulation products, and now our new Fuel Compact VR Charging Station for Meta Quest 2 will keep VR gamers’ gear powered-up and ready to use while also being a perfect, organized, space-saving storage solution.” -Juergen Stark, Chairman and CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation The complete list of features for Turtle Beach’s Fuel Compact VR Charging Station for Meta Quest 2 includes: Rechargeable Controller Battery Packs: Dual battery packs deliver 20-hours of battery life per pack and eliminate the need for environmentally harmful disposable batteries. Simple Magnetic Charging: Slotted battery door covers on the controllers and a USB-C to magnetic pin dongle for the headset make for easy magnetic charging in just 2.5 hours. Complete, Compact Design: Charge your entire Meta Quest 2 VR setup all at once while taking up minimal space on your desktop or gaming setup thanks to a compact design. Convenient LED Dashboard: Always know when your Meta Quest 2 is ready to use with clear battery indicators on the charging station, with an amber color indicating charge in progress and green indicating 100% charge. For more information on the latest Turtle Beach products and accessories, visit www.turtlebeach.com and be sure to follow Turtle Beach on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. About Turtle Beach Corporation Turtle Beach Corporation (the “Company”) (www.turtlebeachcorp.com) is one of the world’s leading gaming accessory providers. The Company’s namesake Turtle Beach brand (www.turtlebeach.com) is known for designing best-selling gaming headsets, top-rated game controllers, and groundbreaking gaming simulation accessories. Innovation, first-to-market features, a broad range of products for all types of gamers, and top-rated customer support have made Turtle Beach a fan-favorite brand and the market leader in console gaming audio for over a decade. Turtle Beach’s ROCCAT brand (www.roccat.com) combines detail-loving German innovation with a genuine passion for designing the best PC gaming products, including award-winning keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads, and other PC accessories. Turtle Beach’s Neat Microphones brand (www.neatmic.com) creates high-quality USB and analog microphones for gamers, streamers, professionals, and students that embrace cutting-edge technology and design. Turtle Beach’s shares are traded on the Nasdaq Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.

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MediaKind’s Mediaroom Play Powers Next-Generation Streaming Experiences to More Viewers Across Canada

MediaKind | November 29, 2022

MediaKind announces that Mediaroom Play is powering more TV services to viewers across Canada, marking a new era in media entertainment experiences. Mediaroom Play combines the quality of experience brought by the Mediaroom IPTV platform with the wealth of applications offered by Android TV. The deployment enables TV providers to bring live TV, on-demand shows and movies, Cloud PVR, apps, voice remote, and powerful search, all in one place. With Google Play Store integration, providers can also offer access to over 7,000 apps including some of the favorite streaming content applications, positioning themselves as leading aggregators of media services in Canada. Most recently, MediaKind worked with Bell Canada on the latest evolution of its Fibe TV service. Mediaroom Play represents MediaKind’s substantial investment in Mediaroom, the IPTV platform highly rated for the quality of its user experience. Mediaroom offers next-generation services through the integration with MediaKind’s Video Storage and Processing Platform (VSPP) Cloud PVR, Google’s Android TV, Google Play, Google Assistant voice control, and Universal Search. It increases the IPTV service value by giving access to 7000+ applications while maintaining the reliability and usability that made its reputation. Developed on the Android-TV operating system, the pre-integrated product provides a tested, robust, and market-ready solution to rapidly launch new STBs powered by Android TV. The integration also opens new monetization routes for operators, with revenue share opportunities on the Google Play Store and through Google Ads, as well as additional monetization options based on content and app curation. This considerably expands the consumer benefits and lifetime value for Mediaroom customers. “As one of our longest-standing Mediaroom customers, we’re delighted to see Bell integrate Mediaroom Play with its pioneering Fibe TV service, and position itself as Canada’s leading content aggregator. With Mediaroom Play, Fibe TV’s customers can experience the next evolution of TV and entertainment, whereby live TV and on-demand movies and shows are accessible through apps, voice control, and powerful search functions.” -Steve Payne, President and Chief Revenue Officer, MediaKind About MediaKind MediaKind is a global change leader in media technology and services. Its mission is to deliver transformation by building a continuously better media universe alongside its customers and partners. Drawing on a pioneering industry heritage and fueled by innovation, MediaKind embraces and champions new standards, methodologies, and next-generation, immersive live and on-demand media experiences worldwide. Its end-to-end media solutions portfolio includes Emmy award-winning video compression for contribution and direct-to-consumer video service distribution, advertising and content personalization, high-efficiency cloud DVR, and TV and video delivery platforms. For more information, please visit: www.mediakind.com.

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SportsGrid Network launches on Xiaomi Mi TV + in España

SportsGrid | November 23, 2022

SportsGrid, the world's first and only 24-hour streaming FAST channel serving the massive sports wagering audience, announced the launch of the video network on the Xiaomi Mi TV + in España. SportsGrid is available today on the Xiaomi Mi TV platform joining the wide selection of free channels across many programming genres including movies, TV shows, sports, news, comedy and more. The SportsGrid Network viewer experience amplifies the emergence of new levels of fan engagement among Men 18-34 with the convergence between live event coverage and real-time sports wagering. With users consuming more and more streaming video content every year, we believe it is important to let users experience quality content in new ways. We're happy to work with SportsGrid to connect Xiaomi users to watch the live sports wagering coverage of major sports events. We look forward to the launch of the SportsGrid Network to provide the real time scores, data, and intelligence to benefit our users. said Hanson Han, Director of Business Development, Xiaomi International. "As we approach the FIFA 2022 World Cup, SportsGrid is extremely pleased to be covering the live global event with the real-time odds, moneylines, and gaming data for our connected worldwide viewers. SportsGrid has developed strategic global content alliance relationships with the Sporting News, Legal Sports Report, the Parleh (Canada), and Sportradar to augment the network's worldwide coverage. The SportsGrid strategic content alliance is a collaborative initiative bringing together the strategy, reporting, and editorial resources of each participating media organization." -Charles Theiss, SportsGrid Chief Media Officer. Amagi, the leader in media SaaS for broadcast and connected TV, has supported SportsGrid's rapid international growth with their next-generation media technology solutions accelerating the worldwide distribution and monetization of the network. About Xiaomi Corporation Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core. Embracing our vision of "Make friends with users and be the coolest company in the users' hearts", Xiaomi continuously pursues innovations, high-quality user experience and operational efficiency. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology. Xiaomi is one of the world's leading smartphone companies. The company's market share in terms of smartphone shipments ranked no. 3 globally in 2021. The company has also established the world's leading consumer AIoT (AI+IoT) platform, more than 400 million smart devices connected to its platform as of September 30, 2021, excluding smartphones and laptops. Xiaomi products are present in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. In August 2021, the company made the Fortune Global 500 list for the third time, ranking 338th, up 84 places compared to 2020. For more information about Xiaomi as a company, please visit https://www.mi.com/global/discover/newsroom About SportsGrid, Inc. SportsGrid, Inc. is the multimedia technology platform providing innovative digital solutions for the convergence of sports content, gaming, and mobile technology. The SportsGrid multimedia destinations include SportsGrid Streaming Video Network, SportsGrid Radio, SportsGrid.com, DailyRoto, and SportsGrid Studios. With the seismic shift towards multiscreen IP, cloud, and data-driven distribution of sports content, SportsGrid launched an innovative video content management and distribution initiative in 2020. The video distribution platform syndicates the exclusive SportsGrid short-form programming to premium publishers to grow and engage their digital sports gaming audiences. SportsGrid, Inc. is the content source and destination to serve the massive sports gaming audience with unrivaled best-of-breed programming, technology, data, and gaming analysis.

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Charge Into the Virtual World With Turtle Beach’s Fuel Compact VR Charging Station for Meta Quest 2 – Now Available

Turtle Beach Corporation | November 24, 2022

Best-selling gaming headset and accessories maker Turtle Beach Corporation (Nasdaq: HEAR) today announced its Turtle Beach® Fuel Compact VR Charging Station for Meta Quest 2 is now available globally. The Fuel Compact VR Charging Station provides both power and convenient, compact storage for the Meta Quest 2 headset and its controllers ensuring that VR gamers’ devices are fully charged and ready for hours of play. With two 20-hour battery packs for the controllers, VR gamers never miss a beat, while the magnetic charging system keeps the headset and controllers in-place, charged up, and ready for deep and immersive VR gaming. The Fuel Compact VR Charging Station for Meta Quest 2 is available now from www.turtlebeach.com and participating retailers for $79.99 (£69.99/€79.99) MSRP. 2022 has further cemented Turtle Beach as a full portfolio gaming accessories brand. Our brand of best-selling headsets and top-rated controllers and simulation products now reaches into new categories with launch of the Fuel VR charging station, “This year we’ve delivered big achievements supporting our vision for expanding Turtle Beach beyond being the best-selling gaming headset brand. We’ve expanded our award-winning game controller and flight simulation products, and now our new Fuel Compact VR Charging Station for Meta Quest 2 will keep VR gamers’ gear powered-up and ready to use while also being a perfect, organized, space-saving storage solution.” -Juergen Stark, Chairman and CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation The complete list of features for Turtle Beach’s Fuel Compact VR Charging Station for Meta Quest 2 includes: Rechargeable Controller Battery Packs: Dual battery packs deliver 20-hours of battery life per pack and eliminate the need for environmentally harmful disposable batteries. Simple Magnetic Charging: Slotted battery door covers on the controllers and a USB-C to magnetic pin dongle for the headset make for easy magnetic charging in just 2.5 hours. Complete, Compact Design: Charge your entire Meta Quest 2 VR setup all at once while taking up minimal space on your desktop or gaming setup thanks to a compact design. Convenient LED Dashboard: Always know when your Meta Quest 2 is ready to use with clear battery indicators on the charging station, with an amber color indicating charge in progress and green indicating 100% charge. For more information on the latest Turtle Beach products and accessories, visit www.turtlebeach.com and be sure to follow Turtle Beach on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. About Turtle Beach Corporation Turtle Beach Corporation (the “Company”) (www.turtlebeachcorp.com) is one of the world’s leading gaming accessory providers. The Company’s namesake Turtle Beach brand (www.turtlebeach.com) is known for designing best-selling gaming headsets, top-rated game controllers, and groundbreaking gaming simulation accessories. Innovation, first-to-market features, a broad range of products for all types of gamers, and top-rated customer support have made Turtle Beach a fan-favorite brand and the market leader in console gaming audio for over a decade. Turtle Beach’s ROCCAT brand (www.roccat.com) combines detail-loving German innovation with a genuine passion for designing the best PC gaming products, including award-winning keyboards, mice, headsets, mousepads, and other PC accessories. Turtle Beach’s Neat Microphones brand (www.neatmic.com) creates high-quality USB and analog microphones for gamers, streamers, professionals, and students that embrace cutting-edge technology and design. Turtle Beach’s shares are traded on the Nasdaq Exchange under the symbol: HEAR.

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MediaKind’s Mediaroom Play Powers Next-Generation Streaming Experiences to More Viewers Across Canada

MediaKind | November 29, 2022

MediaKind announces that Mediaroom Play is powering more TV services to viewers across Canada, marking a new era in media entertainment experiences. Mediaroom Play combines the quality of experience brought by the Mediaroom IPTV platform with the wealth of applications offered by Android TV. The deployment enables TV providers to bring live TV, on-demand shows and movies, Cloud PVR, apps, voice remote, and powerful search, all in one place. With Google Play Store integration, providers can also offer access to over 7,000 apps including some of the favorite streaming content applications, positioning themselves as leading aggregators of media services in Canada. Most recently, MediaKind worked with Bell Canada on the latest evolution of its Fibe TV service. Mediaroom Play represents MediaKind’s substantial investment in Mediaroom, the IPTV platform highly rated for the quality of its user experience. Mediaroom offers next-generation services through the integration with MediaKind’s Video Storage and Processing Platform (VSPP) Cloud PVR, Google’s Android TV, Google Play, Google Assistant voice control, and Universal Search. It increases the IPTV service value by giving access to 7000+ applications while maintaining the reliability and usability that made its reputation. Developed on the Android-TV operating system, the pre-integrated product provides a tested, robust, and market-ready solution to rapidly launch new STBs powered by Android TV. The integration also opens new monetization routes for operators, with revenue share opportunities on the Google Play Store and through Google Ads, as well as additional monetization options based on content and app curation. This considerably expands the consumer benefits and lifetime value for Mediaroom customers. “As one of our longest-standing Mediaroom customers, we’re delighted to see Bell integrate Mediaroom Play with its pioneering Fibe TV service, and position itself as Canada’s leading content aggregator. With Mediaroom Play, Fibe TV’s customers can experience the next evolution of TV and entertainment, whereby live TV and on-demand movies and shows are accessible through apps, voice control, and powerful search functions.” -Steve Payne, President and Chief Revenue Officer, MediaKind About MediaKind MediaKind is a global change leader in media technology and services. Its mission is to deliver transformation by building a continuously better media universe alongside its customers and partners. Drawing on a pioneering industry heritage and fueled by innovation, MediaKind embraces and champions new standards, methodologies, and next-generation, immersive live and on-demand media experiences worldwide. Its end-to-end media solutions portfolio includes Emmy award-winning video compression for contribution and direct-to-consumer video service distribution, advertising and content personalization, high-efficiency cloud DVR, and TV and video delivery platforms. For more information, please visit: www.mediakind.com.

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SportsGrid Network launches on Xiaomi Mi TV + in España

SportsGrid | November 23, 2022

SportsGrid, the world's first and only 24-hour streaming FAST channel serving the massive sports wagering audience, announced the launch of the video network on the Xiaomi Mi TV + in España. SportsGrid is available today on the Xiaomi Mi TV platform joining the wide selection of free channels across many programming genres including movies, TV shows, sports, news, comedy and more. The SportsGrid Network viewer experience amplifies the emergence of new levels of fan engagement among Men 18-34 with the convergence between live event coverage and real-time sports wagering. With users consuming more and more streaming video content every year, we believe it is important to let users experience quality content in new ways. We're happy to work with SportsGrid to connect Xiaomi users to watch the live sports wagering coverage of major sports events. We look forward to the launch of the SportsGrid Network to provide the real time scores, data, and intelligence to benefit our users. said Hanson Han, Director of Business Development, Xiaomi International. "As we approach the FIFA 2022 World Cup, SportsGrid is extremely pleased to be covering the live global event with the real-time odds, moneylines, and gaming data for our connected worldwide viewers. SportsGrid has developed strategic global content alliance relationships with the Sporting News, Legal Sports Report, the Parleh (Canada), and Sportradar to augment the network's worldwide coverage. The SportsGrid strategic content alliance is a collaborative initiative bringing together the strategy, reporting, and editorial resources of each participating media organization." -Charles Theiss, SportsGrid Chief Media Officer. Amagi, the leader in media SaaS for broadcast and connected TV, has supported SportsGrid's rapid international growth with their next-generation media technology solutions accelerating the worldwide distribution and monetization of the network. About Xiaomi Corporation Xiaomi Corporation was founded in April 2010 and listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on July 9, 2018 (1810.HK). Xiaomi is a consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company with smartphones and smart hardware connected by an IoT platform at its core. Embracing our vision of "Make friends with users and be the coolest company in the users' hearts", Xiaomi continuously pursues innovations, high-quality user experience and operational efficiency. The company relentlessly builds amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology. Xiaomi is one of the world's leading smartphone companies. The company's market share in terms of smartphone shipments ranked no. 3 globally in 2021. The company has also established the world's leading consumer AIoT (AI+IoT) platform, more than 400 million smart devices connected to its platform as of September 30, 2021, excluding smartphones and laptops. Xiaomi products are present in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. In August 2021, the company made the Fortune Global 500 list for the third time, ranking 338th, up 84 places compared to 2020. For more information about Xiaomi as a company, please visit https://www.mi.com/global/discover/newsroom About SportsGrid, Inc. SportsGrid, Inc. is the multimedia technology platform providing innovative digital solutions for the convergence of sports content, gaming, and mobile technology. The SportsGrid multimedia destinations include SportsGrid Streaming Video Network, SportsGrid Radio, SportsGrid.com, DailyRoto, and SportsGrid Studios. With the seismic shift towards multiscreen IP, cloud, and data-driven distribution of sports content, SportsGrid launched an innovative video content management and distribution initiative in 2020. The video distribution platform syndicates the exclusive SportsGrid short-form programming to premium publishers to grow and engage their digital sports gaming audiences. SportsGrid, Inc. is the content source and destination to serve the massive sports gaming audience with unrivaled best-of-breed programming, technology, data, and gaming analysis.

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