An outfit called iSuppli reports that almost two-thirds of our fellow Americans want their televisions integrated with the Internet. The other third, presumably, responded: Say what?
“The awareness and demand for media home networking is growing rapidly among consumers,” said Steve Rago, principal analyst, networking/optical communications for iSuppli. The consumer polling, done in the first quarter, shows that 61% “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they wanted the ability to network the Internet to their televisions. When just the male responses were tallied, that number leaped to 71%.
iSuppli (“applied market intelligence”) didn’t say how many people were polled or what the margins of error were or any of that pesky real survey stuff. What the hell: Here’s a stat with zero margin of error concerning this blog’s readers: 100% want their TVs sucking in broadband 24/7.
Shipments of network-equipped devices (such as DVRs and DTVs), along with consumer PCs and home network bridges and gateways, are expected to rise to 732.9 million units by 2011, more than triple the 225.3 million that were shipped in 2006
By 2011, Wi-Fi will be the most common network physical interface for such products, followed by Cat 5, power line and coax. The interface technology of choice will be significantly influenced by geographic region.
The report, available for real money, is called “Home Networking: In Search of a Killer Connection.”