Home Networks for Consumer Electronics

This report examines the catalysts and inhibitors for connected consumer electronics. It specifically focuses on the key technology components – including home networking, media processing, and device discovery and media server software. The report also provides definitions and profiles of various CE devices and includes worldwide forecasts.

"Several factors are driving the connected consumer electronics market, but none is more significant than the rise of premium access content services – such as multichannel television and broadband Internet offerings – and the continued trend of centralized digital media in the home,” said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst with Parks Associates. “The pace of product and service development in this space will grow more intense as the market is joined in force by CE manufacturers, service providers, retailers, and the content industry.”

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1.0   Notes on Methodology

1.1 Data Sources

1.2 Companies Briefed

2.0   Why Connected CE and Why Now?

2.1 Taking Home Networking Beyond the Pure Data Play

2.2 Connected CE and Media Trends: Served and Streamed

2.2.1    Drivers for the Media Server-Connected CE Vision

2.2.2    Drivers for the Cloud Media-Connected CE Vision

3.0   Connected CE Product Overview

3.1 Connected Game Consoles

Microsoft Xbox 360

Sony PlayStation 3

Nintendo Wii

3.2 Media Center PCs

3.3 Multi-room DVR and Connected Set-top Boxes

AT&T

Bright House

Cox Communications

DISH Network

Time Warner Cable

Verizon

3.3.1    PC-to-Set-top-Box Links

3.3.2    Place-shifting

EchoStar Technologies

3.4 Digital Media Adapters

Notable Digital Media Adapters

Buffalo LinkTheater™ HD Digital Media Player

D-Link (DSM-330 ) DivX Connected™ HD Media Player

KODAK Theatre HD Player

NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000)

Popcorn Hour A100

Media Center Extenders

D-Link DSM510 & DSM-750 MediaLounge

Linksys Media Center Extender DMA 2100 and DMA 2200

Microsoft Xbox 360

3.5 Network-attached Storage/NAS Media Servers

Buffalo

Cisco

Fujitsu-Siemens Computers

Helios

HP

Iomega

LaCie

Philips

Promise Technology

TranquilPC

ZyXEL

DVR Storage Expanders

Apricorn DVR Xpander

Seagate Showcase™

Western Digital My DVR Expander

3.6 Cloud Media Set-top Boxes

2Wire MediaPoint Digital Media Player

Apple TV

NETGEAR Internet TV Player (ITV 2000)

NeuLion Sky Angel

Personal Web Systems @CCESS

Popcorn Hour (Syabas)

Roku Digital Video Player

Sezmi Digital Media Player

TiVo

TVBlob BLOBbox

Verismo Networks VuNow VN1000HD

VUDU

WhereverTV Receiver

ZillionTV

3.7 Connected TVs

LG Electronics

Panasonic

Samsung

Sony

Toshiba

VIZIO

3.8 Connected Blu-ray Players

LG Electronics

Panasonic

Pioneer

Samsung

Sony

3.9 Networked Audio Systems

Cobra

Linksys by Cisco Wireless Home Audio

Logitech® Squeezebox™ Boom

NETGEAR Digital Entertainner Elite EVA9150

Philips Streamium Network Music Player

Roku SoundBridge

Sonos

Sooloos

3.10  Connected Photo Frames

Coby

D-Link

GiiNii

HP

Haier

Ipevo

4.0   Key Technologies for Connecting CE

4.1 Home Networking Technologies

4.1.1    “No-New-Wires”

Home Networking Deployments by Service Providers

HomePNA

HomePlug

DS2/UPA

MoCA

Panasonic HD-PLC

Ruckus Wireless

Consumer Electronics with Certified Networking

HomePNA

MoCA

“No-New-Wires” Networking Solutions

HomePNA

MoCA

DS2/UPA

HomePlug

Panasonic HD-PLC

“Single-chip” Standards Efforts

ITU G.hn 9960

IEEE P1901

4.1.2    Wireless

802.11b

802.11a

802.11g

802.11n

Wi-Fi Enhancements for Consumer Electronics

Aceurity

Celeno

ProVision Communications

Quantenna

Ruckus Wireless

Next-generation Wireless Solutions

WHDI™ (AMIMON)

WirelessHD®

4.1.3    Extending the Interface

Gennum

HANA

Icron

Synerchip/Diiva

Valens Semiconductor

4.2 Connectivity Software

4.2.1    Device Discovery Solutions

4.2.2    Connectivity/Media Server/Media Player Software

ACCESS

Allegro Software

Avega Systems

AwoX

BridgeCo

Digion

J. River

Macrovision

PacketVideo

Syabas

Wyplay

4.3 Silicon – Media Processing and System on Chip

Broadcom 35xx and 74xx series

Intel CE 3100

Mediatek MT5xxx, MT8xxx, and MT13xx

Micronas

NXP 225 and TV550

Sigma Designs 86xx series

STMicroelectronics STi71xx

4.4 User Interfaces

4.5 Security and Content Protection

Content Protection and Rights Management Entities of Note

Coral Consortium

Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE)

Digital Transmission Licensing Authority

DVD Copy Control Assocation

Marlin Community

Open Market Initiative (OMI)

Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)

New Efforts in Conditional Access

Verimatrix

Widevine

4.6 Bringing Web Services to the TV

Accedo Broadband

ActiveVideo Networks

Adobe

Alitcast

AnySource Media

AwoX

chumby®

ClearLeap

DivX

Dreamer

FrameMedia

GridNetworks

Mediafly

MediaMall Technologies

MediaMelon

Move Networks

Opera Software

Oregan Networks

Personal Web Systems

Rallypoint

SEN-CE

sofatronic

Sonic Solutions

Syabas

SyncTV

Verismo Networks

Vuze

WhereverTV

Windows Live FrameIt

Yahoo!

5.0   Connected Consumer Electronics Forecasts

5.1 Connected TVs

5.2 Cloud Media Set-top Boxes

5.3 Connected Game Consoles

5.4 Connected Blu-ray Players

5.5 Network-attached Storage Devices

5.6 Multi-room DVR

5.7 Digital Media Adapters

6.0       Conclusions and What to Watch

Worldwide Data Networks and RG Forecasts
Stages of Home Networking Development
Applications Enabled on the Home Network
Monthly Users of Premium Online Video
Media Server Concept for Connected CE
Cloud Media Concept for Connected CE
Portable Media Device Penetration
Millions of Internet Video Users: U.S. and Western Europe
DVR Penetration and Downloading Online Video
Gigabytes Needed for Household Digital Media
Watching VoD Movie and Streaming Online Video
Cloud Media Services and CE
Forecast for U.S. and Western European Online Video Consumption
U.S. Households with Networked Consumer Electronics
Interest in Networked Applications
How are Game Consoles Used?
Internet-connected Game Consoles, by Country
Growth of Broadband-connected Game Consoles: U.S.
Growth of Xbox LIVE Registered User Accounts
Xbox LIVE Revenue Sources
Type of Video Watched on Xbox LIVE
Identifying Xbox LIVE Paying Video Users
Game Consoles and Internet Video Content
Media Center PC-to-TV Connection
Multimedia Users for the Media Center PC
Multi-room DVR Deployments: U.S.
Appeal of Multi-room DVR, by Countries
Appeal of Networked Set-top Boxes and Willingness to Pay
What Do Consumers Want from STB-to-PC/Internet Convergence?
Place-shifting Applications at the Set-top Box
Appeal of Place-shifting Features, by Countries
Notable Digital Media Adapter
Media Center Extenders
Digital Media Adapter Adoption and Purchase Intentions
How do Consumers Backup Content?
NAS Adoption and Purchase Intentions
Network Attached Storage Media Servers
Appeal of External Storage for DVRs
DVR Storage Expanders
Premium Video-on-Demand Use: Digital Cable Households
Preference for Receiving VoD Content
TiVo Subscribers
TiVo Capabilities
Interactive Services Accessed via TiVo
Cloud Media Set-top Boxes
Connected TV Product Announcements
Appeal of Television Features
Value of Connected Television Features
Stand-alone Blu-ray Players Sold in U.S.
U.S. Theatrical Box Office and DVD Revenues
Connected Blu-ray Players
Appeal of Blu-ray Player Features
Value of Connected Blu-ray Features
Networked Audio System Penetration and Purchase Intentions
Networked Music Systems
Appeal of Digital Photo Frame Features
Key Players in the Connected Photo Frame Market
Recent Connected Photo Frame Announcements
U.S. Home Network Node Growth
Network Media Market Share
Home Networking Deployments by Service Providers
Consumer Electronics with Certified Networking
“No-New-Wires” Networking Solutions
“Single-chip” Standards Efforts
Wi-Fi® Certified Products
Performance of Wi-Fi® Standards
Wi-Fi Enhancements for Consumer Electronics
Next-generation Wireless Solutions
Extending the Interface
DLNA Vision
DLNA Interoperability Stack
DLNA Certified Product Categories
Connectivity/Media Server/Media Player Software
Connected TV System-on-Chip Solutions
Content Protection/Rights Management Solutions of Note
Content Protection and Rights Management Entities of Note
New Efforts in Conditional Access
Web-on-TV Solutions
Annual Sales/Net Additions: Connected Consumer Electronics
Connected TVs: Unit Sales
Millions of Households with Broadband and No Wireline Pay TV Service: Europe and Asia-Pacific
Cloud Media Set-top Boxes: Unit Sales
Current Generation Game Console Annual Sales
Households with Connected Consoles
Connected Blu-ray Players: Unit Sales
Network-attached Storage: Unit Sales
Multi-Room DVR: Net Additions
Digital Media Adapters: Unit Sales

Publish Date: 2Q 2009

Pages: 106


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Authored by Kurt Scherf
Executive Editor: Tricia Parks
Published by Parks Associates

© April 2009 Parks Associates
Dallas, Texas 75230

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