The line between traditional broadcast television and online multi-media content is increasingly blurring as consumers are fully embracing multi-screen viewing. In fact, today’s customers are demanding a more flexible viewing experiencing in which they can watch their favorite content from any digital device whether it’s a smartphone, tablet, or laptop (also known as TV Everywhere). Because of this, the home networking industry has had a strong focus on multi-screen video.“Like broadband CPE, home networking devices continue to grow as fixed broadband subscribers increase around the globe. The types of services being delivered over data networks are growing as well, with the most important being multi-screen video,” notes Jeff Heynen, principal analyst for broadband access and pay TV at Infonetics Research.
In fact, home networking device revenue totaled $5.4 billion in the first half of 2013, up six percent from the second half of 2012, globally, according to Infonetics’ recent “Home Networking Devices Report,” which tracks residential gateways, broadband routers, multimedia over coax (MoCA) set-top boxes (STBs), optical network terminals (ONTs), and more.
Moreover, operators in North American and Western Europe are installing higher-end gateways and set-top boxes with wireless and wired technologies incorporated to help distribute video to multiple devices in the home, added Heynen, which will drive a secondary market of MoCA set tops and HomePlug adapters for connecting TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and a growing list of peripherals to home networks.
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