Over 70 Million Connected Homes by 2012

April 19, 2008

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I still get a kick out of responding “the internet” when asked what’s the next big thing in home theater? Of course I go on to say there are always several “big things” on the horizon at any given time (3D and lossless downloads come to mind) but more and more advanced interactivity and alternative content streams are the areas I see generating the most buzz with manufacturers and consumers alike.

Of course advanced interactivity and IP based content streams require internet connectivity, which is why for years now I’ve been telling anyone that would listen to pull an extra CAT5 to their home theater equipment. It looks like I’m not the only one stressing the importance of the connected living room/theater; according to research done by Parks Associates (January 08) the installed base of residential gateways (performed by third parties) could grow to well over 70 million by 2012.

The surprising part of this was the fact the 70 million number was for third party installations (Geek Squad, Fire Dog, Comcast etc.) and doesn’t account for self installs. We could be at or over the 70 million mark right now with the combination of service provider deployed and self installations. You can bet your last nickel the alternative distribution content providers are watching these numbers very, very closely.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Media Servers


Comments

  • Jason

    absolutely spot on Greenway. Gigabit networking is the way to go, and these days most of the devices are ethernet equipped.

    I’d say CAT5e & termination accessories are cheaper, still carries gigabit.

    Jason

  • Jason

    absolutely spot on Greenway. Gigabit networking is the way to go, and these days most of the devices are ethernet equipped.

    I’d say CAT5e & termination accessories are cheaper, still carries gigabit.

    Jason

  • B.Greenway

    Hey Mike, CAT5, CAT6, wi-fi, PLC, two tin cans with a piece of string in the middle, whatever works best for you.

    CAT5 has just become a generic term for a “data cable” to us over the years, old habits die hard. But sure, use CAT6 if that’s what you have, I wouldn’t sweat it though, 100Mbps is still 100Mbps faster than 0Mbps.

  • B.Greenway

    Hey Mike, CAT5, CAT6, wi-fi, PLC, two tin cans with a piece of string in the middle, whatever works best for you.

    CAT5 has just become a generic term for a “data cable” to us over the years, old habits die hard. But sure, use CAT6 if that’s what you have, I wouldn’t sweat it though, 100Mbps is still 100Mbps faster than 0Mbps.

  • Mike Weston

    If you’re pulling new cable, shouldn’t it be Cat6? You need that for gigabit, right? With the speed of wireless increasing, 100Mbps hardly seems to be worth the effort of pulling wire.

  • Anonymous

    If you’re pulling new cable, shouldn’t it be Cat6? You need that for gigabit, right? With the speed of wireless increasing, 100Mbps hardly seems to be worth the effort of pulling wire.