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Media tablets show 214% growth in 2011

Posted: 16 Aug 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:internet enabled  electronic devices  PC shipments 

In particular, the media tablet appears to be the device that will pull customers into the era of the digitally connected home. It allows users to enjoy media—and not just content stored locally on the device or for viewing on the included display. With the right hardware, for example, consumers also can push music from an iPad to an audio system, or drive video to a large-screen display. And with other vendors beginning to support Apple's proprietary AirPlay standard, the media tablet will be one of the first devices to fully integrate into the connected home, IHS believes.

Other Internet-Enabled Devices Also Make Waves
Aside from the media tablet, other Internet-enabled devices that will grow rapidly in the years to come are Blu-ray players and set-top boxes.

In the case of Blu-ray players, expansion in the segment will be driven by the growing uptake of high-definition displays as well as the mandatory adoption of Internet capability. After media tablets, Blu-ray players will have the second-highest compound annual growth rate at 37.9 per cent, IHS believes.

Internet-enabled device shipment forecast

For their part, set-top boxes offer features that cannot be duplicated by other systems—such as obtaining content from multiple sources like video on demand or "catch up" television, in addition to the content already available from cable or satellite providers—likely making the device a long-term, high-value fixture.

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