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Media server market to be worth 44 billion dollars by 2011

July 12th, 2006 · No Comments

According to market research operation ABI Research, media centre PCs and home entertainment networking is set to be a 44.8 billion dollar business by 2011. Currently the PC media server market is worth just under 4 billion dollars annually. The company expects that growth will be fuelled by the widespread adoption of DLNA compliant home electronics and a fundamental shift to the internet for music and movie delivered content.
As a result, “the home media server is becoming a key beachhead in the digital home,” says principal analyst Michael Wolf. The firm predicts that the media servers will settle into four categories: the PC, set-top box, consumer electronics products and network attached storage (NAS) devices. “We believe that the pay TV media server category will be dominated in the near- to medium-term by the set-top box, while the PC media server and consumer electronics categories will flourish as personal and Internet content media servers.”
ABI’s conclusions are borne out by a separate survey from Parks Associates which estimates that the number of American home with a connected entertainment network (be it a PC connected to a consumer electronic product, or a network of linked CE devices) could reach 30 million by 2010. Research analyst at Parks Associates Harry Wang says “Broadband proliferation is a fundamental driver of connected entertainment opportunities inside the home, but consumer electronics manufacturers are still searching for the Rosetta stone of the connected entertainment market.”
To get past the early adopter market and into the mainstream, hardware and content providers need to settle their differences and work together rather than battle over DRM, he adds.

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