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Digital home gives rise to new class of devices

Posted: 19 Nov 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:digital home  home network  digital media  consumer electronics 

Digital media adapters (DMAs), digital media players (DMPs) and digital media receivers (DMRs) are emerging in the connected digital home, reports market watcher In-Stat. DMAs, DMPs and DMRs connect audio players, televisions, PCs, and other devices to the Internet and to digital storage devices for media recording and playback in the home.

In-Stat has identified over 40 competitors offering products in the segment. Similarly, a range of semiconductor competitors has positioned processors and ASSPs targeting the emerging equipment market.

"Early competitors were primarily either networking equipment companies or small start-ups," says Norm Bogen, VP of digital entertainment research at In-Stat. "But now a much broader range of device manufacturers are positioning competitive devices. However, the biggest challenge to this market category is the proliferation of networked game consoles, Internet-connected STBs, networked DTVs, and networked Blu-ray devices that support web-to-TV video and other services."

The research also found that nearly 45 lakh DMAs, DMPs, and DMRs will be sold worldwide in 2013 with chip providers Intel, NXP, Sigma Designs and Texas Instruments competing in the market. The In-Stat report also said that half of home network users in the United States are interested in a consumer electronics product that enables online video services, including streaming and downloading.

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