Dallas, TX–The convergence of industry developments and strong consumer demand for connected entertainment at home will drive multimedia networks to exceptional growth over the next five-year period, a new report from Parks Associates concludes.
According to Multimedia Networks in the Home: Analysis and Forecasts, the market opportunity for multimedia connectivity–including PCs, mobile platforms, and consumer electronics devices–will reach annual node shipments of 120 million units by the end of 2008.
“Home networking and other technologies have reached an appropriate level of maturity so that both PC and CE vendors can now fully address connectivity for a myriad of devices in the home,” said Parks Associates vice president of research, Kurt Scherf. “The early gains in this market will belong to vendors of media PCs and digital media receiver/adapter (DMR/DMA) solutions, who deploy solutions that leverage the storage and processing power of the home computer for multimedia applications across platforms. The consumer electronics industry will simultaneously be deploying both mobile and fixed platforms. These digital imaging products, hard-disk storage servers, DVD players with integrated functionality, and game consoles will be among the many devices that will drive multimedia connectivity to the mainstream market.”
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