According to a survey carried out by iSuppli, nearly two-thirds of U.S. consumers want their televisions to link to the Internet. This, it’s suggested, could path the way for an explosion in sales of network-enabled consumer electronics devices in the next few years.
Home networking is migrating beyond the PC, says the report, and instead devices that sit on a user’s home network now include: DVD recorders, cable modems, Digital Televisions, multi-room Digital Video Recorders, digital media extenders, set-top boxes and video game consoles.
According to iSuppli:
Shipments of these network-equipped devices, along with consumer PCs and home network bridges and gateways, are expected to rise to 732.9 million units by 2011, more than triple the 225.3 million that were shipped in 2006.
The report also noted that by 2011, Wi-Fi will be the most common network interface for such products, followed by Cat 5, power line and coax. “The interface technology of choice will be significantly influenced by geographic region”, says iSuppli.
And although 76 million home LANs were deployed worldwide by the end of last year, there’s still plenty of market growth to come, as only 3 percent of homes currently are networked. As a result, makers of TVs and other consumer electronic devices are rapidly adding WiFi and other forms of connectivity to their products in order to deliver both user-generated and professional content from the Internet to the TV.
Of course, none of this is really news to readers of this blog!