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Phablets and wearables to hit prime time in 2014: Deloitte

Brian Karlovsky | Feb. 3, 2014
Research has shown that more than 20 percent of Australian adults will own a wearable electronic device by August, and phablets are set to outsell tablets.

Although 70 billion messages will be sent via mobile every day, only 21 billion will be via SMS. SMS will generate revenues of about US$100 billion this year, compared to just US$2 billion for mobile IM services.

According to Deloitte, Global sales of smartphones, tablets, PCs, TV sets and videogame consoles will exceed US$750 billion in 2014, up US$50 billion from 2013 and almost double the 2007 total.

However a sales plateau appears likely.

Sales are expected to continue growing, but at a slower rate than over the past 10 years, with an estimated ceiling of about US$800 billion per year.

By the end of 2014 almost 50 million homes around the world will have two or more separate pay-television subscriptions, with the additional subscriptions generating about US$5 billion in revenues.

A further 10 million homes will receive premium programming as part of their subscription to another service, such as broadband.

The value of premium sports broadcast rights is set to skyrocket to US$24.2 billion, a 14 per rise on 2013, equivalent to an additional US$2.9 billion.

This increase in rights fees will be driven by new agreements with certain top tier European domestic football leagues and major North American sports leagues.


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