Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Intel: Viiv will coexist with STBs

In a report on media servers that was released this month, Parks Associates provided a reality check for PC industry players who believe the computer will figure importantly in living room entertainment centers. Though slim form factors have been around since 2003, Parks estimates that only 620,000 homes have living room-based PCs, with the total projected to increase to 5.1 million in 2010. Multimedia PCs with TV tuners total about 676,000, increasing to 5.8 million in 2010.

The number of multimedia PCs without tuners, however, is much higher today, at 6.1 million, and will grow rapidly as Microsoft includes media features in all Vista-based systems. During that time, Parks also estimates that Internet Protocol-enabled STBs will make modest gains in volume.

From the article "Intel: Viiv will coexist with STBs."

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